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21.

Best Laid Plans

President Thomas Jefferson continued his efforts to minimize the national government during his second term of office. Learn about the growth of cities, the Louisiana Purchase, and the War of 1812.
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2015; 2004
22.

Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life

Examines the transatlantic journey to colonial America and documents the way of life of indentured servants and slaves. Discusses newcomers' adaptation and the integration of their cultures in a newly formed community.
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2015; 2004
23.

Not Much of a War

The Americans declared independence from Britain in 1775, resulting in the Revolutionary War. Examine the battle strategies, defeats, and victories in the battle for independence.
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2015; 2004
24.

Restless Society

Watch an overview of the anxiety in the 1960s about America's position in the world. Recognize growing pressure from African Americans and other minorities during this period and the abject poverty that shaped the U.S. political and social climate.
Online
2015; 2004
25.

A Nation Torn

Examine the foreign policies of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Explore how young Americans demanded social change in the 1960s in a nation that was divided in so many ways.
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2015; 2004
26.

Worlds Apart

A wealthy class, which developed out of industrial success, changed the social order in the United States and led to the emergence of a new middle class. Contrast social life in different regions of the country during the 19th century.
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2015; 2004
27.

Tattered Remains

Abuses of the system threatened Reconstruction. Compare southern successes of the time including improvements in education, the rebuilding of families, and sharecropping with the violence and legal barriers that subverted the rights of black citizens.
Online
2015; 2004
28.

The Lure of Land

After the English Civil War caused a decline in colonization, agricultural interests turned to the middle colonies. Learn of growing conflict as the monarchy attempted to exert more control while the colonies sought greater independence.
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2015; 2004
29.

The Progressive Era

Technology and industry grew at such a great rate in the late 19th century that the government and most citizens were unprepared to deal with its effects. Study the demand for reform that is known as the Progressive Era.
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2015; 2004
30.

Taking the Offensive

The road to Allied victory in World War II proved to be long, hard, and bloody. Consider the debates over the use of the atomic bomb that forced Japan's surrender on the Pacific front.
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2015; 2004
31.

Imperial Ambition

Explore the policy of powerful countries seeking to control the political and economic affairs of weaker countries. Deduce that as American trade expanded in the late 1800s, so did American interest in the rest of the world.
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2015; 2004
32.

Warrior to Priest: Presidents of the Early 1900s

Learn about the progressive U.S. presidents of the early 20th century. Appraise how Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson each expanded the role of the federal government in American's lives and secured the status of the United States a world power.
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2015; 2004
33.

A New Corporate Order

Tremendous industrial growth in the United States after the Civil War changed the country from a nation of farmers to an industrial power. Consider how this profound, rapid growth incited the nation's workforce to call for better working conditions.
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2015; 2004
34.

The Road to War

In 1914, long-standing tensions in Europe erupted into the largest war the world had seen. Realize that while major nations competed for overseas empires and built military alliances, Americans remained neutral and experienced a business boom.
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2015; 2004
35.

Determined to Be Heard

Reflect upon the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s in America as a unique time period in the nation's history. Recognize how direct public participation in government became the legacy of this revolution.
Online
2015; 2004
36.

The 1920s...Beyond the Glitter

Delve into a study of the 1920s, the legendary but misunderstood decade. Take a closer look at the American time period that followed World War I that was marked by significant and dramatic social, economic, and political changes.
Online
2015; 2004
37.

Saints and Strangers

Puritans in Europe, persecuted for their faith and discontented with their church, traveled to the New World in search of religious freedom. Learn about their religion and lifestyle and their struggles to create a 'godly' community in a savage land.
Online
2015; 2004
38.

Revolution of a Different Sort

The first half of the 19th century ushered in a growth in population and a surge in transportation and technology known as the Industrial Revolution. Uncover events related to rising immigration and the emerging factory system in the United States.
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2015; 2004
39.

Hard Times

Watch as this video explores the causes and effects of the Great Depression, when America's booming economy skidded to a halt. Learn how the agricultural slump, industrial overproduction, and stock market crash combined to shatter the American economy.
Online
2015; 2004
40.

Voices of Reform

Many reform movements emerged from the Second Great Awakening, ranging from temperance to women's suffrage to abolitionism. Take a closer look at the emergence of romanticism in literature and art as well as the experiments of utopian societies.
Online
2015; 2004