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Biography of America, Episode 1, New World Encounters: The Beginnings of America
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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 1 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Miller introduces A Biography of America and its team of historians. The program looks at the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America, and the explorations of Columbus, de Soto and the Spanish.

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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 1 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 2, English Settlement: New England and Virginia
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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 2 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

As the American character begins to take shape in the early 17th century, English settlements develop in New England and Virginia. Their personalities are dramatically different. Professor Miller explores the origins of values, cultures, and economies that have collided in the North and South throughout the Americ...

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 2 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 3, Growth and Empire: The Best Poor Man's Country in the World
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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 3 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Benjamin Franklin and Franklin's Philadelphia take center stage in this program. As the merchant class grows in the North, the economies of southern colonies are built on the shoulders of the slave trade. Professor Miller brings the American story to 1763 with the Peace of Paris and English dominance in America.

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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 3 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 4, The Coming of Independence
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 4 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Professor Maier tells the story of how the English-loving colonist transforms into the freedom-loving American rebel. The luminaries of the early days of the Republic -- Washington, Jefferson, Adams -- are featured in this program as they craft the Declaration of, and wage the War for, Independence.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 4 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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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 7, The Rise of Capitalism: The Unseen Hand
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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 7 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

Individual enterprise merges with technological innovation to launch the Commercial Revolution -- the seedbed of American industry. The program features the ideas of Adam Smith, the efforts of entrepreneurs in New England and Chicago, the Lowell Mills Experiment, and the engineering feats involved in Chicago's ear...

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 7 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 8, The Reform Impulse: Religion and Individualism
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 8 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

The Industrial Revolution has its dark side, and the tumultuous events of the period touch off intense and often thrilling reform movement. Professor Masur explores the ideas and characters behind the Second Great Awakening, the abolitionist movement, the women's movement, and a powerful wave of religious fervor.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 8 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins
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Biography of America, Episode 9, Slavery: The South and Slave Culture
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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 9 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2010), 26 mins

While the North develops an industrial economy and culture, the South develops a slave culture and economy, and the great rift between the regions becomes unbreachable. Professor Masur looks at the human side of the history of the mid-1800s by sketching a portrait of the lives of slave and master.

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directed by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970; produced by Fred Barzyk, fl. 1970, WGBH Educational Foundation, in Biography of America, Episode 9 (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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