From Days Before Time
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Pressures From Within
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
War of 1812 magnifies need for internal improvements and stronger national government. Distinct patterns of American growth and expansion: areas of fur trading, plantations, and farms. Monroe elected president; "Era of Good Feelings." War with Indians and economic depression of 1819. The Missouri Compromise temporarily resolves sectional differences; Monroe Doctrine…
Hard Times
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Events leading to the stock market crash and Great Depression. How the Depression affects various population segments. Unemployment and relief efforts. Herbert Hoover's attempts to alleviate the Depression. Election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
After the Mayflower
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
In 1621, Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation.
Tecumseh's Vision
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
In the course of his brief and meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted on the North American continent. After his death he would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride…
Trail of Tears
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
Though the Cherokee embraced "civilization" and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma.
Geronimo
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others he was the embodiment of proud resistance.
Wounded Knee
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future.
Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Immigration has been a key to American history. Contrasting experiences of different groups. The challenges of indentured servitude; their contributions. Family groups in New England; roles within the family unit. The emergence of a slave society in North America. Upsurge in Scotch Irish and German immigration.
Divergent Paths
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Contrast between large scale agricultural operations in South vs. small family farms and commercial operations in North. Emergence of cities; absence of rigid class differences of Europe. Distinctly American form of communities: the plantation society of the South, the tightly knit New England towns governed by town covenants. Witch trials…
Not Much of a War
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Colonists ill equipped for armed conflict with Great Britain. Meetings of Continental Congress; Declaration of Independence. British response to incidents of hostility in northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Leadership of George Washington. Support of the French government. Defeat of British forces at Saratoga and Yorktown. Destiny now in colonists' hands.
A Precarious Experiment
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Peace Treaty (1783) with Great Britain negotiated by Richard Oswald, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin. Uncertainties facing young country. Effects of war on new nation's people, politics, and economy. Difficulty of functioning as "nation" under Articles of Confederation. Partial resolution of controversies related to western lands, but not problem of…
Best Laid Plans...
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Republican desire to minimize national government and encourage small town/ agrarian lifestyles overtaken during Jefferson's presidency by economic vitality and growth of cities, beginnings of industrialization, the Louisiana Purchase, expansion to the west. Jefferson's embargo in response to Napoleonic Wars hurts economy of northeast. Election of James Madison in 1808;…