Shaping of the American Nation Collection

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American Revolution: The Cause of Liberty
Michael Douglas stars as John Laurens in a story based on actual correspondence between John and his father, Henry, who was president of the First Continental Congress. As a patriotic…
American Revolution: The Impossible War
In this sequel to The Cause of Liberty, John Laurens (Michael Douglas) joins the Revolutionary Army while his father, Henry, struggles on the political front as president of the First…
Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth
Actor Bramwell Fletcher stars as the paradoxical Andrew Carnegie in a drama that's both a fascinating portrait of the tycoon-philanthropist and an insightful look at the power games of big…
The Civil War: Anguish of Emancipation
This dramatic re-enactment, which centers on the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, reveals the agonizing dilemmas that confronted Abraham Lincoln as he struggled to resolve the Civil War. "With all…
Civil War: Promise of Reconstruction
What the future would hold for slaves after the Civil War was presaged by the Port Royal "experiment" re-created in this program. Gideonite missionaries set out to educate 7,000 slaves…
The Constitution: The Compromise That Made a Nation
Distinguished actors re-create the tense exchanges between the Colonial leaders who meet in secret sessions in Philadelphia in May of 1789. We are plunged into the passionate arguments -- finally…
The Frontier Experience
The Westward movement -- and a woman's perspective of that movement -- emerges in the dramatic story of Delilah Fowler's first year on the Kansas frontier in 1869. Based on…
George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion: Testing the Constitution
This program captures the backwoods flavor of a fledgling American nation as the newly formed law of the land, a tax on distilled liquor, meets its first challenge. "Offers a…
The Immigrant Experience: The Long, Long Journey
The hopes and conflicts of all immigrants are seen through the eyes of the boy Janek, and in a warm scene at the program's close, Janek the man looks at…
The Jackson Years: The New Americans
Vivid action dramatizations of episodes in the life of Andrew Jackson are juxtaposed with tableaux from a theater of the day in the story of the boisterous frontier fighter who…
The Jackson Years: Toward Civil War
The forceful personality of Old Hickory (Andrew Jackson) dominates this investigation of the major events of his presidential administration -- South Carolina's threat of succession, Nat Turner's rebellion, and John…
The Lure of Empire - America Debates Imperialism
Exploring one of America's most controversial foreign policy decisions -- the annexation of the Philippines -- this program re-creates the agony of self-searching that preceded America's turn toward expansion. "Everyone…
The Masses and the Millionaires - The Homestead Strike
A startlingly realistic program recreates the bloody strike at the Carnegie Street Company in 1892 through the experiences of an Irish labor organizer and a Slav coal heaver. From the…
The Puritan Experience: Forsaking England
Here's a "beautifully photographed, well-edited program which uses the experience of the Higgins family to represent the lives of approximately 20,000 Puritans who, in the 1630s, were so thoroughly harassed…
The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World
This program continues the Higgins' chronicle in Massachusetts. In an ironic twist, the daughter befriends the Indians and community intolerance of unorthodox beliefs forces the family to flee once more.…
A Slave's Story - Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom
Based on a slave narrative by William and Ellen Craft. This dramatization of the Crafts' escape from slavery in 1848 follows their perilous journey from the Deep South to Philadelphia--where,…
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope
Based on historical records, this program shows how the hysterical behavior of a few young girls set off the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. "Vividly recreated, yet with taste and…

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The Constitution: The Compromise That Made a Nation
Distinguished actors re-create the tense exchanges between the Colonial leaders who meet in secret sessions in Philadelphia in May of 1789. We are plunged into the passionate arguments -- finally resolved by the "Great Compromise" between the big states and small states -- that preceded the framing of the Constitution.…
Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans
Trace the process by which the U.S. rose from developing nation status in 1865 to become the world's greatest industrial power by 1900. Study the unfolding of the American industrial revolution; the advent of big business in the railroad, steel, and oil industries; and the concurrent explosion of consumerism and…
1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”
Begin to investigate the key historical forces that characterized the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the competing ideals that defined these eras. As a starting point, take account of the U.S. in 1865, and the extraordinary social, political, and economic changes unleashed by the devastation of the Civil…
American Revolution: The Cause of Liberty
Michael Douglas stars as John Laurens in a story based on actual correspondence between John and his father, Henry, who was president of the First Continental Congress. As a patriotic young American student studying law in London in the 1770's, John agonizes over events in America and finally decides to…
American Revolution: The Impossible War
In this sequel to The Cause of Liberty, John Laurens (Michael Douglas) joins the Revolutionary Army while his father, Henry, struggles on the political front as president of the First Continental Congress. John fights at Germantown, experiences the discouragement of Valley Forge, and obtains French support for the Colonists. He…
The Jackson Years: The New Americans
Vivid action dramatizations of episodes in the life of Andrew Jackson are juxtaposed with tableaux from a theater of the day in the story of the boisterous frontier fighter who became president. "An insight into the minds and values of Jackson and the new opportunists."--Social Education. An LCA release.
The African Burial Ground - An American Discovery
The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery is a fascinating four part series that focuses on the history of the African American experience in New York, urban archaeology, and social activism. Part One - The Search, explores the search and discovery of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. It…
Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
This exciting and compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges…
American Experience: FDR
PBS
The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II -- two of the nation's worst crises -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered by many to be our greatest president. In his early years, as a pampered, sheltered scion of a wealthy family, FDR…
Johnstown Flood
Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, Johnstown Flood tells the true story of one of the worst disasters in American history. On a stormy day in May of 1889, the South Fork Dam explodes. An entire lake is unleashed as a roaring 45-foot wall of water into the heavily populated valley below.…
This Bloody, Blundering Business
An incisive and humorous satire on American foreign policy, THIS BLOODY BLUNDERING BUSINESS traces the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. A silent movie format with lively ragtime piano music is combined with a dramatically understated narration and excerpts from "newsreels" of the period to…
Da Feast!
Each summer for the past one hundred years, local residents on an otherwise tranquil block in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn turn their lives upside down for two weeks in order to host the reenactment of a centuries-old religious pageant. The annual feast of San Paulino di Nola has its…