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Biography of America, A

Grade Levels: 9 - 13+
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Website: http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html

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A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians -- Donald L. Miller, Pauline Maier, Louis P. Masur, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Douglas Brinkley, and Virginia Scharff -- present America's story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives. To view all the episodes in this series for free, and on demand, go to http: //www.learner.org/resources/series123.html

Episodes:

  • Contemporary History

    The entire team of historians joins Professor Miller in examining the last quarter of the twentieth century. A montage of events opens the program and 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 offers a footnote about the impact of television on the way we experience recent events.

    Length: 00:26:40
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Fdr and the Depression

    Professor Brinkley continues his story of twentieth century presidents with a profile of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Brinkley paints a picture of America during the Depression and chronicles some of Roosevelt's programmatic and personal efforts to help the country through its worst economic crisis. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is at FDR's side and, in many respects, ahead of him as the decade unfolds.

    Length: 00:26:36
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Fifties

    World War II is fought to its bitter end in the Pacific and the world lives with the legacy of its final moment: the atomic bomb. Professor Miller continues the story as veterans return from the war and create new lives for themselves in the '50s. The GI Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War, and rock 'n' roll are discussed.

    Length: 00:26:36
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Redemptive Imagination

    Storytelling is a relentless human urge and its power forges with memory to become the foundation of history. Novelists Charles Johnson (Middle Passage), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha), and Esmeralda Santiago (America's Dream) join Professor Miller in discussing the intersection of history and story. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., closes the series with a reflection on the power of the human imagination.

    Length: 00:26:40
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Sixties

    Professor Scharff weaves the story of the Civil Rights movement with 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, Fanny Lou Hamer, and other luminaries of the era.

    Length: 00:26:36
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Twenties

    The Roaring Twenties take to the road in Henry Ford's landscape-altering invention -- the Model T. Ford's moving assembly line, the emergence of a consumer culture, and the culmination of forces let loose by these entities in Los Angeles are all explored by Professor Miller.

    Length: 00:26:35
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Vital Progressivism

    Professor Martin offers a fresh perspective on Progressivism, arguing that its spirit can be best seen in the daily struggles 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.

    Length: 00:27:09
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • World War Ii

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

    Length: 00:27:12
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021

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