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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.
Online
2000
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The Coming of Independence [electronic resource]: 1763 - 1783

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First-person narratives exemplify the transformation of English-loving colonists into freedom-loving American rebels during the War of Independence. Washington, Jefferson, and Adams are featured as they direct the War and craft the Declaration.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Online
2000
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The Sixties [electronic resource]

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Professor Scharff weaves the story of the Civil Rights movement with the stories of the Vietnam War and Watergate to create a portrait of a decade. Lyndon Johnson emerges as a pivotal character, along with Stokely Carmichael, Fannie Lou Hamer and other outstanding figures of the era.
Online
2000
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Contemporary History [electronic resource]: 1972 - 1999

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The entire team of historians joins professor Miller in examining the last quarter of the Twentieth Century. A photographic montage of events sets the stage for a discussion of the period and of the difficulty of examining contemporary history with true historical perspective. Television critic, John Leonard, emphasizes the impact of television on the way we experience recent events.
Online
2000
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The Fifties [electronic resource]: 1945 - 1960

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Professor Miller continues the story of the second World War and the legacy of Americans dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Veterans return from the war to create new lives. The GI Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War and rock'n'roll are signs of the times.
Online
2000
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New World Encounters

Professor Miller introduces A Biography of America and its team of historians. The program looks at 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
2015; 2000
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English Settlement

As the American character begins to take shape in the early seventeenth century, English settlements develop in New England and Virginia. Their personalities are dramatically different. Professor Miller explores the origins of values, cultures, and economies that have collided in the North and South throughout the American story.
Online
2015; 2000
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The Coming of Independence

Professor Maier tells the story of how the English-loving colonist transforms into the freedom-loving American rebel. The luminaries of the early days of the Republic (Washington, Jefferson, Adams) are featured in this program as they craft the Declaration of (and wage the War for) Independence.
Online
2015; 2000