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The Elections of 1860
The video is accompanied by text. "The decades between 1840 and 1860 marked an exciting yet tumultuous time for America. Slavery, westward expansion, transcontinental transportation, and evolving political parties united some groups and divided others. Ideals closely held by Northerners often clashed with those maintained by Southerners. Many disgruntled Southerners grew weary of what they believed were attempts by Northerners to disrupt their principles and limit their freedom. As the president
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Congressional Reconstruction
This video is accompanied by text. "A clash between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction was now inevitable. By the end of 1865, Radical Republican views had gained a majority in Congress, and the decisive year of 1866 saw a gradual diminishing of President Johnson’s power..."  (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
In June of 1866, the Joint Committee on Reconstruction determined that, by seceding, the southern states had forfeited “a

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The End of Reconstruction - Impeachment of Johnson
This video is accompanied by text. "In 1867, the political battle between President Johnson and Congress over southern Reconstruction came to a confrontation. The Radical Republicans in Congress were not content with curbing Johnson’s authority by overriding his vetoes--they wanted to remove him altogether. Under the laws of the time, removing Johnson meant that Ben Wade, the president pro tempore of the Senate, would become president.
While many considered Johnson to be an inadequate pr

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The Progressive Era
Video discusses the Progressive Era in the United States.  It was period of reform which lasted from the1890s to the 1920s.  Video discusses the presidents during this time period, the muckrakers, political reform, and amendments established.  This is a great video that gives a lot of information.
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Origins of Progressivism
This video is accompanied by text. "Bounded by the end of the nineteenth century and the American entry into World War I, the Progressive Era brought dramatic changes to the nation’s economic, political, and social sectors. Progressives included both men and women from various ethnic groups, classes, and occupations who challenged traditional attitudes about the American way of life.
The reformers fought to overcome inefficiencies in government, corrupt political machines, and the inade

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The Idea of Communism - Red Scare
As World War I was raging in Europe, a political and social revolution defined by a struggle between the labor class and capitalists was taking place in Russia. In early 1917, the Bolshevik Party, headed by Vladimir Lenin, felt that the social climate in Russia was beginning to change in their favor. Outlining his plan for a communist revolution, Lenin wrote his “April Thesis” to demonstrate the Bolshevik vision for a Soviet State. By the end of October 1917, the Bolshevik Party, soon to be
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CIA vs. Anti-U.S. Government - Cold War
This video is accompanied by text. "Once he was elected to a second term, Eisenhower's stance on communism began to resemble the policies of the Truman administration—the U.S. government would concentrate on blocking the growth of communism rather than try to destroy it. The administration tolerated Communist nations in eastern Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, but forces—primarily the CIA—would be dispatched to deal with anti-American governments in the Third World. Of utmost interest to
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Space Race
The space race grew out of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Each of the superpowers wanted to win the race to prove the superiority of not only their technology, but also their own political and social philosophy.
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Space Race (Cold War Period)
This video is accompanied by text. "The space race grew out of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Each of the superpowers wanted to win the race to prove the superiority of not only their technology, but also their own political and social philosophy. On October 4, 1957, Soviet scientists amazed the world by launching into space the first man-made satellite. The nearly 200-hundred-pound Sputnik (Russian for "satellite" or "baby moon") successfully orbited the earth as e
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Complex Crises Workshop interviews - Carrie Turk
Interviews taken at the Complex Crisis Workshop hosted at the Institute of Development Studies on the 9 and 10 March 2010.
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Complex Crises Workshop interviews - Robert Kirkpatrick
Interviews taken at the Complex Crisis Workshop hosted at the Institute of Development Studies on the 9 and 10 March 2010.
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Noam Chomsky vs William F. Buckley Part 1
This famous debate, from 1969, shows two great political thinkers debating each other. The debate concerns American foreign policy at the time. The thoughts and ideas put forth by both men are still relevant today.

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Noam Chomsky vs William F. Buckley Part 2
Part 2 of this famous debate, from 1969, shows two great political thinkers debating each other. The debate centers around American foreign policy during the time period. The thoughts and ideas put forth by both men are still relevant today.
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Enlightenment Political Philosophies
This video is accompanied by text. "The Enlightenment, or The Age of Reason, from approximately 1650 to 1800 was an important period in the development of democracy. Prior to the Enlightenment, it was commonly believed that the nature of the world could be best understood by the study of scripture, meditation, and reflection in one's own mind. The Enlightenment established the idea that the natural world is best understood through close observation and reason. Several political philosophers from
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The History Of Christmas- Christmas Unwrapped Part 5 of 5
Part 5 of 5 People all over the world celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th. But why is the Nativity marked by gift giving, and was He really born on that day? And just where did the Christmas tree come from? Take an enchanting tour through the history of this beloved holiday and trace the origins of its enduring traditions. Journey back to the earliest celebrations when the infant religion embraced pagan solstice festivals like the Roman Saturnalia and turned them into a commemoration
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Confederation: The Creation of Canada
This video talks about the issues the federal government that Canada had to face from its very beginning. It refers to the 1850s political crisis and to the American expansion.There slides, music, and narration.

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The Elections of 1864
This video is accompanied by text. "The presidential election of 1864 transpired at a time when the country was divided, both geographically and politically, by war. The outcome of the election would ultimately be decided by swiftly changing political tides.
The majority of Republicans backed the current president, Abraham Lincoln; but Lincoln had a significant number of detractors even within his own party. They accused Lincoln of being too eager to compromise, lacking conviction, and of

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Using Google to find information
For upper elementary students. <br />Tricks for using google to search for information, specifically for our social studies projects.

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Beethoven (Part 11 of 18)
Beethoven was a German Composer and pianist.  His music fell in a transitional period between Classical and Romantic music. Beethven studies with Haydn.  Even after his hearing began to deteriorate he still composed, conducted and even performed his music.
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Beethoven (Part 12 of 18)
"Beethoven was a German Composer and pianist.  His music fell in a transitional period between Classical and Romantic music. Beethven studies with Haydn.  Even after his hearing began to deteriorate he still composed, conducted and even performed his music.  (9:51)
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