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America: The Story of Us 720 min.

From the earliest interactions between Europeans and Native Americans to the efforts of pioneers and homesteaders to cultivate the frontier… from the harnessing of the Mississippi River for trade and travel to the dramatic moments of the Apollo 11 moon landing… this 12-part series reveals the conflicts and connections that have shaped U.S. history. With amazing visual detail and colorful computer-...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Boom: America—The Story of Us 45 min.

Henry Ford’s Model T and assembly line, together with the discovery of abundant oil reserves, opened up a new way of life for Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century. This episode looks at those developments and traces the significance of World War I, prohibition, African-American migration from the South to northern cities, and the origin and growth of the Hollywood film industry....

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Bust: America—The Story of Us 45 min.

On October 29th, 1929, the boom era of the Jazz Age came to a crashing halt on Wall Street. The dramatic effects of the Great Depression and New Deal are the main topics of this program. Despite the country’s economic collapse, major public works projects such as the Hoover Dam offered proof of the industrial and technological might of the United States—and of the undeniable abilities of the Ameri...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Cities: America—The Story of Us 45 min.

In 1871, Chicago burned to the ground, and from the ashes of the old city a new kind of metropolis rose up. This program shows the restless spirit embodied in the skyscrapers of American cities (as well as in the Statue of Liberty) but it also addresses new social problems, such as poverty and organized crime, that came with growing urbanization. Worker uprisings, immigration, and the expansion of...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Civil War—America: The Story of Us 45 min.

The War Between the States rages. In 1863, the Confederate Army seems poised for victory. Following the bloody battle of Antietam, President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Former slaves join the Union army in droves. With superior transportation (railroads), communication (telegraph lines), and battlefield technology, the Union prevails and America is on track to become a global sup...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Division—America: The Story of Us 44 min.

America became a nation just as a revolution in commerce and industry swept the Western world. This program explores the economic growth of the United States in the context of rising friction between the North and South—over the moral issue of slavery, but also over the differences between industrial power and an agricultural economy focused on cotton. With the election of Abraham Lincoln, Civil W...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Heartland: America—The Story of Us 44 min.

In 1869, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of America became linked through a massive implementation of rail technology. The Transcontinental Railroad connected Americans in new ways and altered the entire ecology of the continent. The vast Plains, where buffalo and Native Americans had once roamed, were remade by land speculators and industrialists. In less than a quarter of a century, the West was...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

How the States Got Their Shapes 88 min.

Is it just a fluke of history that Illinois, not Wisconsin, contains the city of Chicago? Whatever happened to the state of Jefferson? And why is Texas too big to mess with? This program uncovers the political, cultural, and geographical forces that shaped the map of the United States. From the original thirteen colonies to the jigsaw puzzle of today’s 50 states… from the nooks and crannies of the...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Millennium: America—The Story of Us 45 min.

The Cold War turns hot in Viet Nam… a burglary at the Watergate Hotel becomes a national crisis… a space shuttle ascent erupts in tragedy… these are a few of the momentous events examined in this program. The 9/11 attacks and the election of President Barack Obama are discussed, along with the technological forces that drove America toward the 21st century: television, the credit card, personal co...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010

Rebels: America—The Story of Us 44 min.

The story of the American nation begins with the founding of the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies, interactions with Native American peoples, the hardships and dangers that faced the colonists, the origins of the slave trade and a slave-dependent economy, and the tensions that developed between Britain and her New World territories as the colonies grew stronger and more self-sufficient. Distributed...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2010