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Shaping America

Ideal for Grades: 9-12
Duration: Twenty-five, 30-minute episodes
Closed Captioned
©2004 Dallas Telelearning

Engage your students in an exciting journey of discovery! This comprehensive series presents a broad perspective of the historical development of America through 1877.

Shaping America provides graphic portrayals of the historic events and people whose legacies have shaped the world. These visual presentations give life to the printed words in textbooks and help students analyze how our history forms the basis for contemporary society.

By linking past and present Shaping America illustrates now perceptions of historical events and personalities change as historians uncover new sources of information.

Enhance your students’ understanding of contemporary conditions. For instance, current issues relating to ethnic groups such as Native Americans and African Americans are viewed in an entirely different light when one understands their historical roots.

Series Objectives
•Describe the major Indian cultures in North America prior to European settlement and analyze the effects of that settlement on the indigenous peoples of America.
•Compare and contrast the social, economic, and political development of the British colonies in the area that became the United States.
•Describe and explain the origins of racism and slavery in America and analyze the long-term effects of slavery on American society.
•Analyze the immediate and long-term effects of the Declaration of Independence.
•Discuss the factors shaping America during the early national period.
•Discuss the social, political, economic, diplomatic, and military aspects of the Civil War.
•Assess the significance of geography in the process of shaping America.
•Analyze the meaning of freedom, equality, and identity in America to 1877.

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Click on the individual episode details below to learn more and view the Teacher's Guide for each episode.

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A World Apart
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A World Apart
Examine how indigenous peoples shaped their societies .
Worlds Transformed
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Worlds Transformed
Europe and the New World collide.
Settling the Southern Colonies
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Settling the Southern Colonies
Success and failure in the English settlements.
Settling in New England
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Settling in New England
What role did religion play?
Diversifying British America
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Diversifying British America
Study the influence of cultural and ethnic diversity.
A Distinctive Society
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A Distinctive Society
Witness the impact of the slave trade.
Making a Revolution
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Making a Revolution
What drove the colonies to seek independence?
Declaring Independence
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Declaring Independence
Understand the role of the Second Continental Congress.
Winning Independence
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Winning Independence
It takes more than an Army!
Inventing a Nation
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Inventing a Nation
How our government came to be.
Searching for Stability
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Searching for Stability
Does the new nation find stability?
A Peaceful Transfer of Power
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A Peaceful Transfer of Power
Early foreign policy and Native Americans
Jefferson's Vision of America
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Jefferson's Vision of America
The legacy of the Louisiana Purchase
The Market Revolution
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The Market Revolution
Hamilton's and Jefferson's visions of America began to take shape.
White Man's Democracy
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White Man's Democracy
Andrew Jackson's drive to democracy
The Slave South
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The Slave South
Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Perfecting America
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Perfecting America
During the 1830s and 1840s a surge in religious enthusiasm drove reform.
Moving Westward
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Moving Westward
How Manifest Destiny expanded the US
Crisis and Compromise
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Crisis and Compromise
North and South begin to take sides
Irrepressible Conflicts
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Irrepressible Conflicts
Several pieces of legislation lead to irrepressible conflicts.
The Union Collapses
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The Union Collapses
Lincoln's rise to the Presidency
And the War Came
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And the War Came
Follow the progress of the Civil War
Home Front
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Home Front
Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation
Union Preserved, Freedom Secured
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Union Preserved, Freedom Secured
The North wins the war and Lincoln's death
Reconstructing the Nation
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Reconstructing the Nation
The reunited Union struggles to survive
Looking Backward, Looking Forward
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Looking Backward, Looking Forward
The U.S. Centennial provides an occasion for reflection.
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