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New World Encounters [electronic resource]

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After introducing the team of historians who have created the series, Professor Miller reviews the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America and the explorations of Columbus, DeSoto and the Spanish.
Online
2000
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English Settlement [electronic resource]: 1607-1691

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By exploring the origins of values, cultures, and economies that developed in 17th century English settlements in New England and Virginia, Professor Miller reveals that cultural divisions between the North and South have existed throughout American history.
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2000
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Growth and Empire [electronic resource]: 1663 - 1763

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Benjamin Franklin and Franklin's Philadelphia take center stage. As the merchant class grows in the North, the economies of southern colonies are founded on the slave trade. Professsor Miller brings the American story to 1763 with the Peace of Paris and English dominance in America.
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2000
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A New System of Government [electronic resource]

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Professor Maier focuses on the struggle to define a new system of government in the Constitution of the United States. The Republic survives a series of threats to its union culminating in the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4th, 1826.
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2000
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Westward Expansion [electronic resource]

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American historian, Stephen Ambrose, joins Professors Maier and Miller in examining the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase, for the North, the South, and the history of the country. Topics include the impact of westward expansion and migration on the nation, most notably sowing the seeds of civil war.
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2000
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The Rise of Capitalism [electronic resource]

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Features the ideas of Adam Smith, the efforts of entrepreneurs in New England and Chicago, the Lowell Mills Experiment and the engineering feats involved in Chicago's early transformation from marsh to metropolis.
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2000
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The Reform Impulse [electronic resource]

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Professor Masur presents the ideas and characters behind the Second Great Awakening, the abolitionist movement, the women's movement and a powerful wave of religious fervor which marked the darker side of the Industrial Revolution in America.
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2000
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Slavery [electronic resource]

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In a sketch of the lives of slave and master, Professor Masur reveals the human side of America history during the mid-1800's, placing this in the context of the growing rift between the culture and economy of the North and South.
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2000
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The Coming of the Civil War [electronic resource]: 1846 - 1861

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Professor Miller teams with Professor Martin and historian, Stephen Ambrose, to chart the succession of incidents, from "Bloody Kansas" to the shots on "Fort Sumpter, that inflame the conflict between North and South to the point of civil war. Includes an analysis of the role of Manifest Destiny and the U. S. victory in the Mexican- American War.
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2000
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The Civil War [electronic resource]: 1861-1863

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As the Civil War rages, all eyes turn to Vicksburg, where limited war becomes total war. Professor Miller looks at the ferocity of the fighting, at Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the bitter legacy of the battle, and the war.
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2000
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Reconstruction [electronic resource]

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In word and picture, Professor Miller evokes the carnage after the Battle of Gettysburg and the sense of fatigue and cynicism which follow the assassination of President Lincoln and the unfulfilled promises of Reconstruction.
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2000
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America at Its Centennial [electronic resource]: 1876

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As America celebrates its centennial, five million people descend on Philadelphia to celebrate American technological achievements. In their assessment of where America is in 1876, Professor Miller and his team of historians perceive that some of the early principles of the Republic remain unrealized and the question of race in America has become a major divisive force.
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2000
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Industrial Supremacy [electronic resource]: 1875 - 1906

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Features steel and stockyards at the end of the 19th century. The effects of the American Industrial Revolution in New York and Chicago is epitomized in the lives of Andrew Carnegie, Gustavus Swift and the countless workers on the packinghouse and factory floor.
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2000
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The New City [electronic resource]

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Professor Miller explores the tension between the vitality of cities that grow on their own and those where orderly growth is planned. Features Chicago at the turn of the century with Hull House, the World's Columbian Exposition, the new female workforce, the skyscraper, the department store, and unfettered capitalism.
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2000
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The West [electronic resource]

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Follows the progress of railroads and ranchers, rabble-rousers and racists in the development of the American West. Native Americans are displaced from their homelands; feminists gain a foothold in their fight for the right to vote, while farmers organize and the Populist Party appears on the American political landscape.
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2000
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Capital and Labor [electronic resource]: 1882 - 1901

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As the 20th century opens, the making of money pits laborers against the forces of capital. Professor Miller introduces the miner as the quintessential laborer of the period, working under grinding conditions, organizing into unions, and making a stand against the reigning money man of the day, J. Pierpont Morgan.
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2000
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TR and Wilson [electronic resource]

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Professor Brinkley compares the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in the first decades of the 20th century. With Professor Miller, he discusses American socialism, Eugene Debs, international communism and the roots of the Cold War.
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2000
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A Vital Progressivism [electronic resource]

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Professor Martin offers a fresh perspective on Progressivism, arguing that its spirit can be best seen in the daily struggle of ordinary people. In a discussion with Professors Scharff and Miller, the struggles of Native Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans are placed in the context of the traditional white Progressive movement.
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2000
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The Twenties [electronic resource]

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Professor Miller explores the social climate of the Roaring Twenties seeing it epitomized in the Model T. Ford and its production lines, the emergence of a consumer culture, and the culmination of forces let loose by these entities in Los Angeles.
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2000
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World War II [electronic resource]

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America is enveloped in total war, from mobilization on the home front to a scorching air war in Europe. Professor Miller's view of World War II is a personal essay on the morality of total war, and its effects on those who fought, died and survived it, including members of his own family.
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2000