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The West Central Africans: Government and Religion (Segment I)
In late August 1619, an English privateer, the White Lion arrived at Point Comfort in Virginia with "20 and odd Negroes." Possessing only their knowledge, beliefs and customs, they were traded for supplies and became part of the workforce for the new Jamestown colony. These were the first documented Africans to arrive in Virginia. Africans would play a key role in the survival of the Jamestown colony and contribute to the evolution of the rich cultural diversity found in our country today. (2:04
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The West Central Africans: Practice of Slavery (Segment III)
The West Central Africans brought a highly defined culture to Jamestown, Virginia including their strong Christianity, knowledge of metalworking and experience with grain and tobacco agriculture. These Africans played a pivotal role in the economic success of the country and ultimately shaped our rich cultural diversity today. (1:33)
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The West Central Africans: Culture, Economy and Society (Segment II)
The people of Kongo and Ndongo spoke languages in the Bantu family. The people of Kongo spoke Kikongo and people of Ndongo spoke Kimbundu. Similar languages are spoken today in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These languages were oral and not written. The arrival of the Portuguese influenced these languages. Many native speakers incorporated Portuguese words into their daily speech or even learned to speak, read and write Portuguese. (3:20)
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Tenant Farmers
In this video from Faces of America, we learn about comedian Stephen Colbert and his Irish Ancestors, the Tucks. The Tucks left Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the mid-nineteenth century. There are almost no records of the Tucks, but we find out that they were tenant farmers, like most Irish Catholics at that time. While still living in Ireland, they endured great hardships under the then British rule including laws prohibiting Irish Catholics from practicing their faith, buying l
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Pocahontas Revealed
This video segment adapted from NOVA tells a historical version of what may have happened when John Smith was captured by the Powhatan people, and then was rescued by Native American princess Pocahontas. Although one of Smith's later accounts of the event introduced the now popular belief that Pocahontas rescued Smith for romantic love, historians also look to his earlier, different account to try to determine what really happened. One version that some historians believe may be closer
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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
Through newsreel footage, archival photos, and interviews, this video segment adapted from American Experience traces the decision-making process that led President Harry Truman to order the dropping of atomic bombs on two Japanese cities in August 1945. Contributing to his decision were the belief that the Japanese were unwilling to surrender, a concern for American lives, a limited knowledge of the atomic bomb's devastating effects, and a failure to consider other options that might
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The Exchange Student
In this video segment from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch newsreel footage and interviews and see archival photos to gain insight into the white college students who became active in the struggle for African Americans' civil rights. Jim Zwerg tells how he became one of the Freedom Riders, a decision that led to his estrangement from his parents and a beating at the hands of an Alabama mob. (4:50)
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The Governor
In this video segment adapted from the American Experience "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch newsreel footage and interviews and see archival photos to explore one Southern politician's opposition to ending illegal discrimination and segregation against African Americans in the early 1960s. Alabama Governor John Patterson would not honor Attorney General Robert Kennedy's request to ensure the safety of the Freedom Riders, and even refused to take a phone call from President John Kennedy
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The Inspiration
In this video segment from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch interviews and newsreel footage and see archival photos to learn how Mahatma Gandhi, the leader in the struggle for an independent India, inspired and influenced those engaged in the struggle to end racial discrimination in the United States. Gandhi's use of nonviolence had allowed the people of India to win independence from Great Britain in 1947. While Gandhi declined an invitation from American civil rig
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The Young Witness
In this video segment adapted from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch interviews and newsreel footage and see archival photos to learn about the response of one young Southerner to her community's violent confrontation with the Freedom Riders in May 1961. Janie Forsyth, a 12-year-old girl living on the outskirts of Anniston, Alabama, was moved to assist injured Freedom Riders when their bus was firebombed outside her father's grocery store. Her action earned her the h
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Battle of Stalingrad
This video clip highlights the July 1942 Battle of Stalingrad. The Nazi Army bombed the Soviet city of Stalingrad, launching one of the bloodiest battles in history. This video does not have any narration, but includes text to describe the timeline of events. (2:21)
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San Francisco, California
Head to San Francisco, California with Wilson and Ditch and check out San Francisco Bay, learn about Alcatraz Island, marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge, and take a ferry ride to Angel Island. Viewers learn that San Francisco, named in 1847, grew in size due to the Gold Rush. They also learn that it is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is 8981 feet long and 746 feet high and was built between 1933 and 1937! (4:31)
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St. Louis, Missouri
Come along with Wilson and Ditch to St. Louis, Missouri where they view the Gateway Arch before trying to take a ride on a steamboat on the great Mississippi River, which is 2466 miles long and runs through 10 states! Wilson and Ditch teach viewers all about the 630 foot tall and wide Gateway Arch, also known as "The Gateway to the West". (4:30)
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The Origins of Mardi Gras
This video clip provides a brief overview of the origins of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is a holiday that consists of lively music, bead throwing, mask wearing, eating, and drinking. This video explains how the holiday came to be synonymous with New Orleans. (3:29)
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2.993 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design (MIT)
This class is jointly sponsored by the MIT Museum, Massachusetts Bay Maritime Artisans, the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Department of Architecture. The course teaches the fundamental steps in traditional boat design and demonstrates connections between craft and modern methods. Instructors provide vessel design orientation and then students carve their own shape ideas in the form of a wooden half-hull model. Experts teach the traditional skills of
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PES Celebration
This artefact outlines the creation of a new website for Innovation North students holding details of all work placements (short, long term, voluntary, paid).The Institute for Enterprise funded the project and the money helped pay a student to maintain the website for a year
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Las Provincias Romanas
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Digit in Pursuit
In this video segment from Cyberchase, Digit is held captive on Hacker’s ship, The Grim Wreaker. The CyberSquad tracks the Wreaker's movements, and they chart the distance it has traveled over a period of time on two line graphs. After they analyze the graphs, the CyberSquad realizes that the new speed at which Hacker is traveling means he has created portals throughout Cyberspace. (5mins)
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Talks at Google: Eckhart Tolle in Conversation with Bradley Horowitz
Eckhart Tolle stops by Google for a fireside chat with Bradley Horowitz. The subject is: "Living with Meaning, Purpose and Wisdom in the Digital Age."
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Quel est l’impact du changement climatique sur les écosystèmes ?

Science en Question: "Changement climatique et biodiversité"

Le Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, le GIS Climat-Environnement-Société et La Huit ont le plaisir de vous présenter leur co-production audiovisuelle grand public intitulée "Sciences en questions - Changement climatique et biodiversité", conçue et coordonnée par Anne Teyssèdre. En quelques minutes, une douzaine de scientifiques sélectionnés pour leur expertise, répondent à des
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