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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
Next Airing: Sat, Sep 21st, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV

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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:

  • 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.

    Next Airing: Sat, Sep 21st, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:12
    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.

    Next Airing: Sat, Sep 28th, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:36
    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.

    Next Airing: Sat, Oct 5th, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:36
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • 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.

    Next Airing: Sat, Oct 12th, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:40
    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.

    Next Airing: Sat, Oct 19th, 2019 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:40
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Capital and Labor

    The making of money pits laborers against the forces of capital as thetwentieth century opens. Professor Miller introduces the miner as the quintessential laborer of the period -- working under grinding condit ions, organizing into unions, and making a stand against the reigning money man of the day, J. Pierpont Morgan.

    Length: 00:26:35
    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
  • New City

    Professor Miller explores the tension between the messy vitality of cities that grow on their own and those where orderly growth is planned.Chicago -- with Hull House, the World's Columbian Exposition, the new female workforce, the skyscraper, the department store, and unfettere d capitalism -- is the place to watch a new world in the making at theturn of the century.

    Length: 00:27:04
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021
  • Tr and Wilson

    Professor Brinkley compares the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson -- the Warrior and the Minister -- in the first decades of the twentieth century. Professor Miller discusses American socialism, Eugene Debs, international communism, and the roots of the Cold War with Professor Brinkley.

    Length: 00:26:34
    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
  • West

    Professor Scharff continues the story of Jefferson's Empire of Liberty. Railroads and ranchers, rabble-rousers and racists populate America's distant frontiers, and 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.

    Length: 00:27:08
    Usage rights: 1/1/2003 to 2/28/2021

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