The Meeting Ground
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Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
American expansion into the west. Tensions between Mexico and the United States over Texas. The Mexican War and its aftermath. Discovery of gold in California in 1848, and the rush for riches. How the gold rush changed lives of the Californios and Native Americans, the Chinese workers and those lured…
The Legendary Frontier
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Economic development of the West. Impact of mining, cattle ranching and farming. Allure of the West; reality of lingering images and myths. Clashes with Native-American tribes; U. S. government's dispersal policy. Rise and decline of traditional agriculture. Introduction of commercial farming techniques.
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Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
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Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
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Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
President's Jackson's policy related to Native Americans. The Trail of Tears. Henry Clay's introduction of bill to renew charter of Bank of United States as ploy prior to presidential election of 1832. Jackson's veto of bill and reelection victory. Jackson's attempts to deplete power of bank after election. Van Buren,…
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Three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives -- and America's cuisine. Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" learns the hardships his family endured (famine, bandits) living in a tiny town in Northern Italy and celebrates the courage of his original…
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