Ideal for Grades: 9-12
Duration: Twenty-five, 30-minute episodes
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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.
•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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