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Biography of America, Episode 5, A New System of Government
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 5 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

After the War for Independence, the struggle for a new system of government begins. Professor Maier looks at the creation of the Constitution of the United States. The Republic survives a series of threats to its union, and program ends with the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on the Fourth of July, 1826...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 5 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 6, Westward Expansion: The Empire of Liberty
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 6 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the size of the United States doubles with the Louisiana Purchase. The Appalachians are no longer the barrier to American migration west; the Mississippi River becomes the country's central artery; and Jefferson's vision of an Empire of Liberty begins to take shape. American...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 6 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 10, The Coming of the Civil War
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 10 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Simmering regional differences ignite an all-out crisis in the 1850s. Professor Martin teams with Professor Miller and historian Stephen Ambrose to chart the succession of incidents, from "Bloody Kansas" to the shots on Fort Sumter, that inflame the conflict between North and South to the point of civil war.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 10 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 12, Reconstruction
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 12 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Miller begins the program by evoking in word and picture the battlefield after the Battle of Gettysburg. With the assassination of President Lincoln, one sad chapter of American history comes to a close. In the fatigue and cynicism of the Civil War's aftermath, Reconstruction becomes a promise unfulfille...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 12 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 15, The New City: Planned Order and Messy Vitality
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 15 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Miller explores the tension between the messy vitality of cities that grow on their own and those where orderly growth is planned. Chicago -- with Hull House, the World's Columbian Exposition, the new female workforce, the skyscraper, the department store, and unfettered capitalism -- is the place to wat...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 15 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 16, The West
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 16 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Scharff continues the story of Jefferson's Empire of Liberty. Railroads and ranchers, rabble-rousers and racists populate America's distant frontiers, and Native Americans are displaced from their homelands. Feminists gain a foothold in their fight for the right to vote, while farmers organize and the Po...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 16 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 20, The Twenties: The Tensions of Prosperity
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 20 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

The Roaring Twenties take to the road in Henry Ford's landscape-altering invention -- the Model T. Ford's moving assembly line, the emergence of a consumer culture, and the culmination of forces let loose by these entities in Los Angeles are all explored by Professor Miller.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; presented by Donald L. Miller, 1944-; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 20 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 21, FDR and the Depression
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 21 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Brinkley continues his story of twentieth century presidents with a profile of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Brinkley paints a picture of America during the Depression and chronicles some of Roosevelt's programmatic and personal efforts to help the country through its worst economic crisis. First Lady Elean...

directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 21 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 24, The Sixties: Vietnam and Civil Rights
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 24 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Scharff weaves the story of the Civil Rights movement with stories of the Vietnam War and Watergate to create a portrait of a decade. Lyndon Johnson emerges as a pivotal character, along with Stokely Carmichael, Fanny Lou Hamer, and other luminaries of the era.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 24 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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History of Mass Communications, A Short History of the Newspaper in America: The Colonial and Revolutionary Press
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produced by Laurence J. Jankowski, in History of Mass Communications (Lakewood, CO: Instructional Video, 2006), 17 mins
The video from Instructional Video gives a short overview on the american press during the Colonial and Revolutionary era.
produced by Laurence J. Jankowski, in History of Mass Communications (Lakewood, CO: Instructional Video, 2006), 17 mins
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