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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day

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    Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

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  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
    Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War

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    Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

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    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

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  • Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence
    Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence

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    Actor Matt Damon performs and discusses the Declaration of Independence.

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  • Declaration of Independence
    Declaration of Independence

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    To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?

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  • American Revolution
    American Revolution

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    Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.

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  • Civil War's Greatest Myth
    Civil War's Greatest Myth

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    What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.

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  • Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence
    Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence

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    At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America's historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.

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  • Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top
    Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top

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    Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine Regiment make a daring downhill charge to defend Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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  • George Washington
    George Washington

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    How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?

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  • Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Attack on Pearl Harbor

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    On December 7, 1941, Japan launches a surprise attack on American soil at Pearl Harbor.

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  • Concentration Camp Liberation
    Concentration Camp Liberation

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    As Allied troops move across Europe, they encounter the horror of thousands of prisoners in Nazi camps.

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  • D-Day Invasion
    D-Day Invasion

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    On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and turned the tides of World War II.

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  • The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
    The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro

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    Morgan Freeman performs the words of Fredrick Douglass addressing a white audience about the Fourth of July.

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  • America and the Civil War
    America and the Civil War

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    Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.

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  • America Divided
    America Divided

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    America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.

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  • Lee at Gettysburg
    Lee at Gettysburg

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    In the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 3,000 Union soldiers prepare to face the onslaught of 60,000 advancing Confederate soldiers.

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  • Mankind in 2 Minutes
    Mankind in 2 Minutes

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    Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.

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  • Jefferson and the Continental Congress
    Jefferson and the Continental Congress

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    Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.

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American Civil War (38)

  • America Divided
    America Divided

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    America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.

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  • Civil War's Greatest Myth
    Civil War's Greatest Myth

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    What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.

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  • Civil War Tech
    Civil War Tech

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    See how the Civil War prompted a quantum leap in warfare technology.

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  • Grant or Lee?
    Grant or Lee?

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    Which of the admired Civil War generals would you want to lead your army?

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  • Civil War in One Word
    Civil War in One Word

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    If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?

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  • America and the Civil War
    America and the Civil War

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    Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.

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  • The Success of Abraham Lincoln
    The Success of Abraham Lincoln

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    Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.

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  • Confederate vs. Union Soldiers
    Confederate vs. Union Soldiers

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    Find out what divided the men of the Civil War, and how in many ways they were more alike than different.

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  • Civil War Turning Point
    Civil War Turning Point

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    Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.

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  • Legacy of the Civil War
    Legacy of the Civil War

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    One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.

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  • Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
    Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech

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    Which of President Lincoln's many eloquent speeches was the most important?

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  • Coroner's Report: Stonewall Jackson
    Coroner's Report: Stonewall Jackson

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    The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men during a major Civil War battle, but it wasn't his wounds that killed him eight days later. How exactly did the commander die?

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  • Chamberlain at Gettysburg
    Chamberlain at Gettysburg

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    Find out how the actions of a former Maine professor helped the Union win at Gettysburg, the deadliest battle of the Civil War.

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  • Lee at Gettysburg
    Lee at Gettysburg

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    In the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 3,000 Union soldiers prepare to face the onslaught of 60,000 advancing Confederate soldiers.

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  • Lincoln's War Machine
    Lincoln's War Machine

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    Twenty-four thousand miles of railroad replenishes troops and supplies for the North and delivers disaster to the South.

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  • Last Charge at Gettysburg
    Last Charge at Gettysburg

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    General Robert E. Lee disregards a basic principle of military strategy and orders his forces to attack Union troops perched on the high ground at Cemetary Ridge. Known as Pickett's Charge, the maneuver was a disastrous end to the three-day battle.

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  • Impact of the Civil War
    Impact of the Civil War

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    The Civil War was a long and gruesome conflict that claimed more than 620,000 lives and had lasting effects on military and civilian survivors.

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  • Civil War Counter-Terrorism
    Civil War Counter-Terrorism

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    Federal Agent Felix Stidger infiltrated a Confederate terrorist organization called The Sons of Liberty and revealed terror plots against strategic Union targets.

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  • Civil War Biological Warfare
    Civil War Biological Warfare

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    Confederate agents experiment with an early version of bio-warfare, attempting to spread yellow fever throughout Northern cities.

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  • Confederate Bomb Plot
    Confederate Bomb Plot

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    Confederate agents plot to bomb the White House with Lincoln and his cabinet inside to destabilize the Union's leadership during the Civil War.

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  • The Plot to Kill Jefferson Davis
    The Plot to Kill Jefferson Davis

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    Union leaders hatch a conspiracy to assassinate Confederate President Jefferson Davis in an attempt to bring and end to the Civil War.

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  • Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top
    Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top

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    Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine Regiment make a daring downhill charge to defend Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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  • Robert E. Lee's Great Regret
    Robert E. Lee's Great Regret

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    Biographer Liz Pryor reveals Robert E. Lee's greatest regret about his military career.

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  • Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

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    Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.

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  • Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass

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    Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.

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  • John Brown
    John Brown

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    John Brown's failed attempt to loot the armory at Harper's Ferry sparks the beginning of abolition.

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  • Massachusetts 54th Regiment
    Massachusetts 54th Regiment

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    The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.

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  • The Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation

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    Issued after the Union victory at Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation had both moral and strategic implications for the ongoing Civil War.

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  • The Original Gettysburg Address
    The Original Gettysburg Address

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    Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.

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  • The Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address

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    Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history.

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  • What was in Lincoln's Pockets?
    What was in Lincoln's Pockets?

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    Ordinary items such as spectacles, a handkerchief and confederate cash were discovered inside the pockets of President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.

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  • Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural
    Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural

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    Lincoln's second inaugural address somberly intoned the sacrifices made to end slavery and preserve the Union while calling for mutual forgiveness between North and South as the work of rebuilding began.

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  • Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech
    Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech

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    Abraham Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech catapults him into the national consciousness with its bold moral assessment of the future of American slavery.

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  • Ulysses S. Grant's Near Miss
    Ulysses S. Grant's Near Miss

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    A descendant of Ulysses S. Grant reveals an historical near miss that could have changed history.

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  • The Path to Civil War
    The Path to Civil War

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    The election of Abraham Lincoln was a tipping point on the path to Civil War. In the wake of Southern secession, would the new president defend the U.S. forts in rebel territory?

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  • First Battle of Bull Run
    First Battle of Bull Run

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    The first major land battle of the Civil War, near Manassas, Virginia is a decisive Confederate victory, ending hopes of a quick end to the conflict.

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  • Battle of Fredericksburg
    Battle of Fredericksburg

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    General Burnside takes Fredericksburg but experiences a disastrous defeat when attacking Confederate forces entrenched in the high ground above the town.

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  • Battle of Shiloh
    Battle of Shiloh

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    At Shiloh, Tennessee in April of 1862, a Confederate surprise attack backfires when the Union holds firm at the "Hornet's Nest."

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American History (52)

  • Presidential Fun Facts
    Presidential Fun Facts

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    The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?

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  • Ask HISTORY: Did Columbus Really Discover America?
    Ask HISTORY: Did Columbus Really Discover America?

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    Did Columbus really discover America? Get the full story.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
    Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War

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    Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

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    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

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  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

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  • Deconstructing History: White House
    Deconstructing History: White House

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    It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day

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    Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

    Video Clip (2:19)
  • American Revolution
    American Revolution

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    Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.

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  • First Ladies
    First Ladies

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    These U.S. first ladies made their mark during their stays at the White House.

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  • Deconstructing History: Mayflower
    Deconstructing History: Mayflower

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    How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.

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  • Declaration of Independence
    Declaration of Independence

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    To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?

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  • George Washington
    George Washington

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    How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?

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  • Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre

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    Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.

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  • Ask HISTORY: What was the first capital of the United States?
    Ask HISTORY: What was the first capital of the United States?

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    What was America's first capital city? The answer might surprise you.

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  • Faces of America
    Faces of America

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    Prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique.

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  • Pocahontas
    Pocahontas

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    Learn the epic story of the famous Native American king's daughter as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.

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  • Yorktown
    Yorktown

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    The British were forced to surrender 2 days after patriot soldiers captured the fort at Yorktown in 1781.

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  • American Buffalo
    American Buffalo

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    The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.

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  • Transcontinental Railroad
    Transcontinental Railroad

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    Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.

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  • Deconstructing History: Ellis Island
    Deconstructing History: Ellis Island

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    For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

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  • Deconstructing History: Empire State Building
    Deconstructing History: Empire State Building

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    The world-famous Empire State Building is a symbol of New York City and one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

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  • Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge
    Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge

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    Get the facts about one of the world's most beautiful bridges.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Prohibition
    Bet You Didn't Know: Prohibition

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    Did you know it wasn't illegal to drink during Prohibition? Get the whole story behind the "noble experiment."

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  • Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon
    Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon

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    Explore the geological history of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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  • Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal
    Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal

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    Grand Central Terminal is one of America's busiest train stations, with over 700,000 people passing through it every day. Find out more about this iconic landmark.

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  • Building the Erie Canal
    Building the Erie Canal

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    Opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was one of the most extraordinary engineering feats of the 19th century, connecting eastern ports and manufacturing with the rest of the country.

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  • Deconstructing History: Alamo
    Deconstructing History: Alamo

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    It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo.

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  • The Alamo
    The Alamo

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    Find out why the battle of the Alamo still captures the imaginations of Americans after more than two centuries.

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  • America Divided
    America Divided

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    America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.

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  • America and the Civil War
    America and the Civil War

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    Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.

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  • John Brown
    John Brown

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    John Brown's failed attempt to loot the armory at Harper's Ferry sparks the beginning of abolition.

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  • Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam
    Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam

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    Did you know that the Hoover Dam supplies electricity to more than 20 million people? Get all the facts on this marvel of engineering.

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  • Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass

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    Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.

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  • Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

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    Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.

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  • Gold Rush
    Gold Rush

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    Discover how the Gold Rush led to the creation of California.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington
    Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington

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    Find out how Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech became an impromptu addition to the March on Washington.

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  • Deconstructing History: Brooklyn Bridge
    Deconstructing History: Brooklyn Bridge

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    One of New York’s most famous landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge transports 120,000 vehicles and 4,000 pedestrians every day.

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  • Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore
    Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore

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    Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.

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  • Andrew Carnegie
    Andrew Carnegie

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    Meet Andrew Carnegie and find out how the wealthiest man of his day ended up giving away his vast fortune.

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  • The Last of the Sioux
    The Last of the Sioux

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    Resistant to government regulated reservations, the Sioux retreated into the Black Hills until a final massacre at Wounded Knee.

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  • Sitting Bull
    Sitting Bull

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    The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.

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  • Deconstructing History: Alcatraz
    Deconstructing History: Alcatraz

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    Get all the facts and figures about the island of Alcatraz, commonly known as "The Rock".

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  • Black Gold
    Black Gold

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    Spindletop, an east Texas oil Field, produced 80,000 barrels a day and changed the country and oil production forever.

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  • Dust Storms Strike America
    Dust Storms Strike America

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    Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City.

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  • Meet Madam CJ Walker
    Meet Madam CJ Walker

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    From her rough beginnings as an orphan, Madam CJ Walker went on to corner the market in black women's hair care and became the first self-made female millionaire.

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  • Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
    Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty

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    How many steps are there to the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Find out that and other facts and figures about America's most recognizable symbol of freedom.

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  • The Statue of Liberty
    The Statue of Liberty

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    What do the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have in common?

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  • The Great Depression
    The Great Depression

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    Discover how one of the darkest economic times in American history helped the nation reinvent itself.

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  • D-Day
    D-Day

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    On June 6, 1944, the Allies invade Western Europe in the largest amphibious attack in history.

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  • Cold War
    Cold War

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    The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.

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  • Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
    Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek

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    Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.

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  • Mankind in 2 Minutes
    Mankind in 2 Minutes

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    Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.

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American Revolution (40)

  • American Revolution: One Word
    American Revolution: One Word

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    How would you sum up the American Revolution in just one word?

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  • Revolution's Lasting Legacy
    Revolution's Lasting Legacy

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    Beyond the battlefield, the American Revolution left a lasting legacy in the foundation of the American republic and its political principles.

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  • Global Impact of the American Revolution
    Global Impact of the American Revolution

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    The American Revolution influenced political ideals and revolutions across the globe.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
    Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War

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    Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.

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  • Lessons of the Revolution
    Lessons of the Revolution

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    What are the most important lessons we have taken away from the American Revolution?

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  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

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  • Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty

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    Who were the Sons of Liberty, and what roles did they play in igniting and organizing a revolution?

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  • Really a Revolution?
    Really a Revolution?

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    The American Revolution transformed American society, but was it really a revolution?

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

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    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

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  • Turning Point of the Revolution
    Turning Point of the Revolution

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    The Battle of Saratoga secured a critical French alliance for the Americans during the American Revolution, providing monetary and military support to outlast the British.

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  • Washington's Legacy
    Washington's Legacy

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    As a brilliant military commander and visionary president, George Washington played a vital role in shaping the new nation during and after the American Revolution.

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  • Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine

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    Thomas Paine and Common Sense were controversial at the time but sparked a revolutionary spirit that continues to inspire today.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day

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    Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

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  • American Revolution
    American Revolution

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    Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.

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  • Declaration of Independence
    Declaration of Independence

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    To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?

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  • George Washington
    George Washington

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    How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?

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  • Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre

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    Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.

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  • Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence
    Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence

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    Actor Matt Damon performs and discusses the Declaration of Independence.

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  • Yorktown
    Yorktown

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    The British were forced to surrender 2 days after patriot soldiers captured the fort at Yorktown in 1781.

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  • British Victory at Bunker Hill
    British Victory at Bunker Hill

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    A fatal lack of ammunition dooms the colonists chances in an early American Revolutionary battle near Boston.

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  • Washington Escapes Brooklyn
    Washington Escapes Brooklyn

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    As British General William Howe anticipates surrender, General Washington fleas across the East River under cover of darkness.

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  • Washington's Surprise Attack on Trenton
    Washington's Surprise Attack on Trenton

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    By Christmas, 1777, in desperate need of a victory, Washington defies military convention with a nighttime assault in the dead of winter.

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  • Founding Father's Death Wish
    Founding Father's Death Wish

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    Explore the urban legends surrounding the founding fathers of the United States. Did all fifty-six signers all die mysterious deaths shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence.

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  • The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party
    The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party

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    In 1771, a group of colonists protest thirteen years of increasing British oppression, by attacking merchant ships in Boston Harbor. In retaliation, the British close the port, and inflict even harsher penalties.

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  • Colonists Protest British Policies
    Colonists Protest British Policies

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    From the 1760's onward, colonial anger grows as the British pass a series of taxes and laws. With each one, the two groups move closer to war.

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  • Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence
    Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence

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    At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America's historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.

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  • First Revolutionary Battle at Lexington and Concord
    First Revolutionary Battle at Lexington and Concord

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    In April 1775, when British troops are sent to confiscate colonial weapons, they run into an untrained and angry militia. This ragtag army defeats 700 British soldiers and the surprise victory bolsters their confidence for the war ahead.

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  • Battle of Saratoga Turns the Tide
    Battle of Saratoga Turns the Tide

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    In 1777, the colonists force the surrender of 6,000 British troops in New York State. This first major victory convinces France to enter the conflict on the Americans' side.

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  • Jefferson and the Continental Congress
    Jefferson and the Continental Congress

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    Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.

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  • Mutiny in George Washington's Army
    Mutiny in George Washington's Army

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    Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin and actor Michael O'Malley read the words of Samuel DeWees, a soldier in Washington's army, as he tells the story of mutiny on the Pennsylvania line in 1781.

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  • American Victory at Yorktown
    American Victory at Yorktown

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    A two pronged attack by French & American forces defeats General Cornwallis in Virginia. Two years later, the Treaty of Paris will officially end the war

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  • Jefferson Challenges the King
    Jefferson Challenges the King

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    Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.

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  • Thomas Jefferson Meets John Adams
    Thomas Jefferson Meets John Adams

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    An unlikely pair whose tumultuous friendship lasted half a century, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.

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  • Americans and British Face Off in War of 1812
    Americans and British Face Off in War of 1812

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    Shortly after gaining its independence, the United States goes to war with England over its seizure of U.S. ships and sailors.

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  • Political Career of President John Adams
    Political Career of President John Adams

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    Find out about John Adams' political career in the newly formed United States, from his vice presidency under George Washington to hi two terms as president.

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  • George Washington Greatest Challenges
    George Washington Greatest Challenges

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    After George Washington took office on April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, a variety of challenges, he was faced with a variety of tough challenges, both foreign and domestic.

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  • John Adams: The Early Years
    John Adams: The Early Years

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    One of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, John Adams persuaded Congress to adopt the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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  • George Washington at Valley Forge
    George Washington at Valley Forge

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    General George Washington led a starving army in frigid conditions to victory at Valley Forge.

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  • History of the Fourth of July
    History of the Fourth of July

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    Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past. Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is closest to our hearts.

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  • George Washington's Early Years
    George Washington's Early Years

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    George Washington was an ambitious young man who strove to refine his character.

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Ancient History (30)

  • Deconstructing History: Colosseum
    Deconstructing History: Colosseum

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    Completed in 80 A.D., Rome's Colosseum has been the site of celebrations, sporting events and bloodshed. Today, it's a major tourist attraction, playing host to 3.9 million visitors each year.

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  • The Aztecs
    The Aztecs

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    Though they could build complex suspension bridges, the Aztecs could not ward off diseases brought over by the Spanish.

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  • Deconstructing History: The Great Pyramid
    Deconstructing History: The Great Pyramid

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    Did you know that the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs 6.5 million tons? Get the facts on what makes this ancient wonder a true architectural marvel.

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  • The Mayans
    The Mayans

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    The growth of the great Mayan civilization is as much a mystery as its disappearance.

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  • The Fall of Rome
    The Fall of Rome

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    Musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis sings about the factors that brought down an empire.

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  • Spartans
    Spartans

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    They were fierce warriors who prized military strength, but they were also the world's first democracy.

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  • The Peloponnesian War
    The Peloponnesian War

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    Athens' military campaign against the Peloponnesian League that eventually ended the Greek Golden Age, as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.

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  • Deconstructing History: Pompeii
    Deconstructing History: Pompeii

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    It was nearly wiped out during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. What is left of this ancient city and will Vesuvius erupt again? Uncover the lost city of Pompeii.

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  • Deconstructing History: Spartans
    Deconstructing History: Spartans

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    Ten-thousand strong, the Spartan army was highly skilled and technologically advanced for its time.

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  • Deconstructing History: The Acropolis
    Deconstructing History: The Acropolis

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    Built over 2500 years ago, the Parthenon remains one of the most visited archeological sites in the world.

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  • Coroner's Report: King Tut
    Coroner's Report: King Tut

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    According to one theory, an accident caused the untimely death of teenage pharaoh King Tut. How might a broken leg have sent him to his tomb?

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  • Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice
    Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice

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    When Aztec priests made human sacrifices to their gods, they would tear out the victim's heart and hold it in the air. Would the heart really still be beating?

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  • Coroner's Report: Cleopatra
    Coroner's Report: Cleopatra

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    Legend has it that Cleopatra took her own life by succumbing willingly to the bite of a cobra. If this story is true, was suicide by snake venom an easy way to go, or did the last Egyptian pharaoh die in excruciating pain?

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  • Coroner's Report: Julius Caesar
    Coroner's Report: Julius Caesar

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    The Roman leader Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times by a mob of mutinous senators in 44 B.C. Could he possibly have survived long enough to utter his famous last words?

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  • Coroner's Report: Pompeii
    Coroner's Report: Pompeii

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    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. obliterated the Roman city of Pompeii, burying it under tons of volcanic ash. While many of its resident fled to safety, what happened to those who dared to stay behind?

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  • Aztec Encounter
    Aztec Encounter

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    Cultures soon clash when Spaniards first encounter the Aztecs.

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  • Mayan Encounter
    Mayan Encounter

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    Two shipwrecked Spaniards are taken in by the Mayans and learn their way of life. One rejects it, but the other takes a more surprising path.

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  • Massive Stones Moved to Build Monuments
    Massive Stones Moved to Build Monuments

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    Ancient workers transported tons of stone for miles to build the great monuments of history.

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  • Rapa Nui of Easter Island
    Rapa Nui of Easter Island

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    Discover the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island and the mysterious stone Maoi that dot the island.

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  • Engineering the Taj Mahal
    Engineering the Taj Mahal

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    The Taj Mahal is a marvel of engineering that was built as a mausoleum for the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

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  • Builders of China's Great Wall
    Builders of China's Great Wall

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    The Great Wall of China was constructed over several centuries and claimed the lives of thousands of builders.

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  • Land of Odysseus
    Land of Odysseus

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    Where did Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, call home?

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  • Odysseus' Ship
    Odysseus' Ship

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    In 1988, scientists discovered an ancient ship that may have been sailed by Odysseus, Homer's legendary Greek King.

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  • The Story of Medusa
    The Story of Medusa

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    Once a beautiful priestess to Athena, the Greek Goddess of war, Medusa is transformed into a hideous monster after she falls victim to a crime.

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  • The Cult of Hades
    The Cult of Hades

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    Followers of Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld, are believed to have worshipped at a cave site at Eleusis, Greece.

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  • Origins of the Minotaur
    Origins of the Minotaur

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    As an act of punishment, the god Poseidon curses Crete's King Minos with a son who is half man, half bull.

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  • Labyrinth of the Minotaur
    Labyrinth of the Minotaur

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    Some believe an underground site on the island of Crete was the labyrinth of the Minotaur, Greek mythology's vicious half-man, half-beast creature.

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  • Zeus and the Great Flood
    Zeus and the Great Flood

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    When natural disasters struck, the ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, their god of all gods, showing anger and displeasure.

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  • Hercules and the 12 Labors
    Hercules and the 12 Labors

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    The tale of the mighty Hercules, son of Zeus, atoning for the murder of his family by undertaking 12 impossible tasks.

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  • Mysteries of Ancient Construction
    Mysteries of Ancient Construction

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    Ancient Astronaut theorists believe that ancient man may have had extra-terrestrial help to build colossal structures like Stonehenge.

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Battle of Gettysburg (24)

  • Battle of Chancellorsville
    Battle of Chancellorsville

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    General Robert E. Lee defies military convention to defeat the Union at Chancellorsville, but was the price of victory too high?

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  • Battle of Fredericksburg
    Battle of Fredericksburg

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    General Burnside takes Fredericksburg but experiences a disastrous defeat when attacking Confederate forces entrenched in the high ground above the town.

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  • First Battle of Bull Run
    First Battle of Bull Run

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    The first major land battle of the Civil War, near Manassas, Virginia is a decisive Confederate victory, ending hopes of a quick end to the conflict.

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  • Battle of Shiloh
    Battle of Shiloh

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    At Shiloh, Tennessee in April of 1862, a Confederate surprise attack backfires when the Union holds firm at the "Hornet's Nest."

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  • Chamberlain at Gettysburg
    Chamberlain at Gettysburg

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    Find out how the actions of a former Maine professor helped the Union win at Gettysburg, the deadliest battle of the Civil War.

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  • Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top
    Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top

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    Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine Regiment make a daring downhill charge to defend Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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  • Lee at Gettysburg
    Lee at Gettysburg

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    In the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 3,000 Union soldiers prepare to face the onslaught of 60,000 advancing Confederate soldiers.

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  • Last Charge at Gettysburg
    Last Charge at Gettysburg

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    General Robert E. Lee disregards a basic principle of military strategy and orders his forces to attack Union troops perched on the high ground at Cemetary Ridge. Known as Pickett's Charge, the maneuver was a disastrous end to the three-day battle.

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  • Civil War in One Word
    Civil War in One Word

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    If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?

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  • Confederate vs. Union Soldiers
    Confederate vs. Union Soldiers

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    Find out what divided the men of the Civil War, and how in many ways they were more alike than different.

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  • Grant or Lee?
    Grant or Lee?

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    Which of the admired Civil War generals would you want to lead your army?

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  • Legacy of the Civil War
    Legacy of the Civil War

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    One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.

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  • Civil War's Greatest Myth
    Civil War's Greatest Myth

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    What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.

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  • Civil War Turning Point
    Civil War Turning Point

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    Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.

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  • Lincoln's War Machine
    Lincoln's War Machine

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    Twenty-four thousand miles of railroad replenishes troops and supplies for the North and delivers disaster to the South.

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  • Civil War Tech
    Civil War Tech

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    See how the Civil War prompted a quantum leap in warfare technology.

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  • The Success of Abraham Lincoln
    The Success of Abraham Lincoln

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    Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.

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  • America Divided
    America Divided

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    America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.

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  • America and the Civil War
    America and the Civil War

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    Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.

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  • The Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg

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    For three days in July 1863, Union and Confederate forces clash at Gettysburg in one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War.

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  • Robert E. Lee
    Robert E. Lee

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    Though his Confederate forces lost the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee is remembered as a great military leader.

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  • Gettysburg Ghosts
    Gettysburg Ghosts

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    In 2001, Tom Underwood shot a video on a battlefield in Gettysburg Pennsylvania that captured what he claimed were ghosts crossing the battlefield.

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  • The Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address

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    Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history.

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  • The Original Gettysburg Address
    The Original Gettysburg Address

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    Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.

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Berlin Wall (5)

  • Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall
    Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall

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    For 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War, separating families and keeping the people from jobs and opportunity in the west.

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  • Cold War
    Cold War

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    The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.

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  • JFK: A New Generation
    JFK: A New Generation

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    John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.

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  • The Great Communicator
    The Great Communicator

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    Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.

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  • Reagan Meets Gorbachev
    Reagan Meets Gorbachev

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    See President Ronald Reagan meet Mikail Gorbachev, set to "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour.

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Bet You Didn't Know (19)

  • Bet You Didn't Know: The Flu
    Bet You Didn't Know: The Flu

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    Get the full story behind the aches, pains and dangerous history of the flu.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween
    Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween

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    It's one of America's favorite holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween?

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Witches
    Bet You Didn't Know: Witches

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    Get the real story behind witches, their hats and why they are said to ride on brooms.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Veterans Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Veterans Day

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    Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year? Get the whole story behind the holiday.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving
    Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving

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    Find out which traditional recipes weren't served at the first Thanksgiving celebration.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
    Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War

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    Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas
    Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas

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    Did you know Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December 25th? Get the whole story behind the holiday.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: New Year's Eve
    Bet You Didn't Know: New Year's Eve

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    Did you know that New Year's has not always been celebrated on January 1? Get the full story.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Pirates
    Bet You Didn't Know: Pirates

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    There's more to pirates than parrots and plank-walking. Get the full story.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

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    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Vikings
    Bet You Didn't Know: Vikings

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    There's a lot more to these seafaring warriors than their famous longships. Get the full story.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington
    Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington

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    Find out how Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech became an impromptu addition to the March on Washington.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Rosa Parks
    Bet You Didn't Know: Rosa Parks

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    Did you know Rosa Parks wasn't the first African-American woman to refuse to give up her seat? Get the full story.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Prohibition
    Bet You Didn't Know: Prohibition

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    Did you know it wasn't illegal to drink during Prohibition? Get the whole story behind the "noble experiment."

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Easter Traditions
    Bet You Didn't Know: Easter Traditions

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    How did Easter traditions like the Easter bunny and egg hunts become part of the holiday celebration?

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: St. Patrick's Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: St. Patrick's Day

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    Get the real story about this beloved Irish holiday and the patron saint it's named after.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: London
    Bet You Didn't Know: London

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    Once the largest empire in the world, London continues to top the charts in everything from finance to tourism.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: London Landmarks
    Bet You Didn't Know: London Landmarks

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    Get all the facts on London's most iconic landmarks.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day

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    Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

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British History (33)

  • Bet You Didn't Know: London
    Bet You Didn't Know: London

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    Once the largest empire in the world, London continues to top the charts in everything from finance to tourism.

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  • Deconstructing History: Big Ben
    Deconstructing History: Big Ben

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    Did you know that Big Ben is the main bell inside London's famous clock tower, not the tower itself? Find out more about one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

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  • Deconstructing History: Buckingham Palace
    Deconstructing History: Buckingham Palace

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    Did you know that Buckingham Palace has a helipad and a lake? Get the facts and history behind the Queen's official London residence.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: London Landmarks
    Bet You Didn't Know: London Landmarks

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    Get all the facts on London's most iconic landmarks.

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  • Henry VIII
    Henry VIII

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    You know he had six wives, but there was a lot more to this famous king.

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  • British Royal Weddings
    British Royal Weddings

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    The weddings of the House of Windsor have captivated worldwide attention throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

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  • Jack The Ripper
    Jack The Ripper

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    Who was Jack the Ripper? Various theories about his -- or her -- identity have circulated for decades.

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  • Deconstructing History: Titanic
    Deconstructing History: Titanic

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    Everyone knows the Titanic was big, and we have the hard numbers to prove it. Discover what made it a supersized ship.

    Video Clip (1:57)
  • History Rewind: The Royal Wedding 1981
    History Rewind: The Royal Wedding 1981

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    Rewind Breaking News The History Channel: British Movietone covers one of the most famous weddings in history: the marriage of Prince Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. This video clip is courtesy of The History Channel.

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  • Coroner's Report: Plague
    Coroner's Report: Plague

    Video Clip (2:37)

    In the 14th century, a devastating plague known as the Black Death claimed an estimated 75 million lives. How did the people who contracted it know their luck had run out?

    Video Clip (2:37)
  • On the Road with Libby O'Connell: The Star Tavern, London
    On the Road with Libby O'Connell: The Star Tavern, London

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    Libby O'Connell explores a London pub that served as the meeting place for the conspirators who pulled off one of England's biggest heists.

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  • Braveheart Attacks Lockleven Castle
    Braveheart Attacks Lockleven Castle

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    Discover the story of how Braveheart and the Scottish army stormed Lockleven Castle in an effort to expel the English from Scotland.

    Video Clip (2:32)
  • The English Reformation
    The English Reformation

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    Henry VIII's marital problems lead to a break with the Catholic Church and decades of conflict as England becomes a Protestant nation.

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  • The Myth of King Arthur
    The Myth of King Arthur

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    The Saxons continue to capture lands of the British aristocracy. During this time a prince emerges from the British. His name is Arthur, and Camelot begins.

    Video Clip (2:50)
  • Deconstructing History: Mayflower
    Deconstructing History: Mayflower

    Video Clip (2:35)

    How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Coroner's Report: Titanic
    Coroner's Report: Titanic

    Video Clip (2:31)

    When the "unsinkable" ocean liner Titanic was lost after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912, lifeboats saved only 700 of her passengers. What did the 1,500 people who went down with the ship experience in the icy waters of the North Atlantic?

    Video Clip (2:31)
  • Steam Engine Drives a Revolution
    Steam Engine Drives a Revolution

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    The steam engine revolutionized the world of transportation. Was the invention really inspired by a boiling kettle? Get the real story.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • Colonists Protest British Policies
    Colonists Protest British Policies

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    From the 1760's onward, colonial anger grows as the British pass a series of taxes and laws. With each one, the two groups move closer to war.

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  • Isaac Newton and a Scientific Revolution
    Isaac Newton and a Scientific Revolution

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    The Protestant Reformation encourages both religious and scientific thought.

    Video Clip (2:47)
  • The Industrial Revolution
    The Industrial Revolution

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    Beginning in the 19th century, advances in manufacturing revolutionize the American way of life.

    Video Clip (2:33)
  • WWI Firsts
    WWI Firsts

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    WWI may have been the war to end all wars, but it was also the beginning of many military and civilian technologies.

    Video Clip (1:18)
  • American Revolution
    American Revolution

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    Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.

    Video Clip (3:20)
  • The Value of Tobacco
    The Value of Tobacco

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    Tobacco was the lifeblood of the early Southern colonies, and its profits led directly to the rapid growth of slavery in the new nation.

    Video Clip (2:33)
  • 1916 Battle of the Somme
    1916 Battle of the Somme

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    After two years of trench warfare, the Allies attempt to break through German lines on the Western Front. The ensuing battle will last for months and result in more than one million casualties.

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  • Alfred the Great
    Alfred the Great

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    Find out how Alfred the Great defeated Viking invaders and united the Saxon people.

    Video Clip (3:46)
  • The Mayflower
    The Mayflower

    Video Clip (2:17)

    From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.

    Video Clip (2:17)
  • Life in Jamestown
    Life in Jamestown

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    Find out what it took to be a settler in the early-American colony of Jamestown.

    Video Clip (2:45)
  • Death at Jamestown
    Death at Jamestown

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    English settlers arrived at Jamestown expecting riches to fall into their hands, but were soon faced with a much harsher reality.

    Video Clip (1:07)
  • History Rewind: Coronation of Elizabeth II, 1953
    History Rewind: Coronation of Elizabeth II, 1953

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    London is witnesses by millions. Through the gates of Buckingham Palace rolls the ornate golden coach of state carrying a beautiful and radiant girl of twenty-seven years to her coronation.

    Video Clip (3:10)
  • Trench Warfare
    Trench Warfare

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    Although best known for its role in the long slog of World War I, trench warfare actually got its start on the battlefields of the American Civil War. Find out how new weapons and technology played a part in both its development and destruction.

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  • Allies Launch Disastrous Attack at Gallipoli
    Allies Launch Disastrous Attack at Gallipoli

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    An ill-fated assault on Turkish forces leads to 500,000 casualties in World War I.

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  • Body Snatching in London
    Body Snatching in London

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    Don Wildman explores the black market of body snatching in Victorian London.

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  • North Africa Campaign
    North Africa Campaign

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    After Italy declares war, the Allies fight the Axis powers in North Africa for control of the Mediterranean.

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Cold War (27)

  • Cold War
    Cold War

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    The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.

    Video Clip (2:31)
  • Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall
    Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall

    Video Clip (2:27)

    For 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War, separating families and keeping the people from jobs and opportunity in the west.

    Video Clip (2:27)
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Video Clip (2:22)

    Get the story of the dramatic face-off that nearly ended in nuclear war, as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.

    Video Clip (2:22)
  • Manhattan Project
    Manhattan Project

    Video Clip (3:09)

    Explore the top-secret American project to build the world's first atomic bomb.

    Video Clip (3:09)
  • JFK: A New Generation
    JFK: A New Generation

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    John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.

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  • The Space Race
    The Space Race

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    The U.S. competition with the U.S.S.R. for technological dominance spurred the U.S. on to the first-ever landing on the Moon.

    Video Clip (2:58)
  • The Great Communicator
    The Great Communicator

    Video Clip (4:18)

    Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.

    Video Clip (4:18)
  • Vietnam
    Vietnam

    Video Clip (1:42)

    Whether they volunteered or were drafted, 1 out of 10 soldiers did not survive Vietnam.

    Video Clip (1:42)
  • Ask Steve: The Space Program
    Ask Steve: The Space Program

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    In this video clip from Ask Steve, the reason for Americans interest in the Space Program was explored. It is explained that competition, and the technological wonder of the space race were some of the reasons for the Americans interest.

    Video Clip (1:34)
  • The Road to War
    The Road to War

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    Over 25 years, the Vietnam conflict escalated from an attempt to stop the spread of communism into a full-scale war.

    Video Clip (2:40)
  • Satellites: Invention of War
    Satellites: Invention of War

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    Sputnik was the first satellite to orbit Earth, but satellites that produced changes in the way we explore our planet came from American optics. Find out more.

    Video Clip (2:53)
  • Gerald Ford: Cold War vs. War on Terror
    Gerald Ford: Cold War vs. War on Terror

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    Watch this interview clip of former U.S. President, Gerald Ford, about his views on war and President Bush. He claims President Bush has many more difficult decisions to make than he did while he was in office.

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  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin

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    For nearly 30 years, the Soviet Union is controlled by this ruthless tyrant, who sends millions to their death.

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  • Soviet Submarine Bases
    Soviet Submarine Bases

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    Don Wildman explores a former submarine maintainence and weapons factory utilized during the Cold War.

    Video Clip (2:09)
  • Space: JFK's New Frontier
    Space: JFK's New Frontier

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    President Kennedy establishes his New Frontier with a challenge to venture into outer space. John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, one step in America's endeavor to land on the moon.

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  • Space Race: Cold War Front
    Space Race: Cold War Front

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    A brief look at the Space Race, set to "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf.

    Video Clip (4:20)
  • Stalin's Communications Bunker
    Stalin's Communications Bunker

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    Don Wildman shows us a top secret military bunker built under Stalin's orders in 1952.

    Video Clip (2:16)
  • JFK Sets Goal for Man on Moon
    JFK Sets Goal for Man on Moon

    Video Clip (1:47)

    John F. Kennedy's sets the goal of the United States to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.

    Video Clip (1:47)
  • Arthur Wiknik
    Arthur Wiknik

    Video Clip (3:42)

    As an 18-year-old draftee, Arthur Wiknik was rushed through officer candidate's school. After one month in Vietnam he found himself in the middle of the battle of "Hamburger Hill"--one of the most notorious battles of the war.

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  • Keith Connolly
    Keith Connolly

    Video Clip (4:31)

    Air Force pilot Keith Connolly was among the first USAF units to be stationed within South Vietnam. During his second tour, he flew F-4 Phantoms targeting the Ho Chi Minh Trail and witnessed two of his men go missing after his plane had been hit.

    Video Clip (4:31)
  • Kennedy: Communism within the U.S.
    Kennedy: Communism within the U.S.

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    Senator John F. Kennedy talks about the internal threat that communism poses to national security. Kennedy describes that these internal factions are serious and should be taken care of by supporting laws that the U.S. has already passed.

    Video Clip (0:50)
  • A Soldier's Story: Hamburger Hill
    A Soldier's Story: Hamburger Hill

    Video Clip (4:41)

    In 1969, Arthur Wiknik found himself in one of the Vietnam War's most notorious battles.

    Video Clip (4:41)
  • Finding the Film
    Finding the Film

    Video Clip (2:38)

    Discover how researchers combed archives to uncover rare film for the Vietnam in HD series and found some footage in unexpected places.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • Kennedy Responds to Berlin Wall
    Kennedy Responds to Berlin Wall

    Video Clip (2:53)

    President Kennedy's diplomatic resolve was tested as tension mounted at the Berlin wall.

    Video Clip (2:53)
  • Reagan Meets Gorbachev
    Reagan Meets Gorbachev

    Video Clip (4:47)

    See President Ronald Reagan meet Mikail Gorbachev, set to "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour.

    Video Clip (4:47)
  • Tet Offensive
    Tet Offensive

    Video Clip (4:53)

    This massive North Vietnamese surprise attack during the 1968 Tet holiday was a crucial turning point in the war.

    Video Clip (4:53)
  • Chimp In Space
    Chimp In Space

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    This is the story of Ham, the first hominid to be launched into space. After his brave space mission, Ham splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean, to emerge from the rocket with nothing but a mere bruise on his nose.

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Coroner's Report (13)

  • Coroner's Report: Cleopatra
    Coroner's Report: Cleopatra

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    Legend has it that Cleopatra took her own life by succumbing willingly to the bite of a cobra. If this story is true, was suicide by snake venom an easy way to go, or did the last Egyptian pharaoh die in excruciating pain?

    Video Clip (2:34)
  • Coroner's Report: Titanic
    Coroner's Report: Titanic

    Video Clip (2:31)

    When the "unsinkable" ocean liner Titanic was lost after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912, lifeboats saved only 700 of her passengers. What did the 1,500 people who went down with the ship experience in the icy waters of the North Atlantic?

    Video Clip (2:31)
  • Coroner's Report: Stonewall Jackson
    Coroner's Report: Stonewall Jackson

    Video Clip (2:35)

    The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men during a major Civil War battle, but it wasn't his wounds that killed him eight days later. How exactly did the commander die?

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Coroner's Report: Seppuku
    Coroner's Report: Seppuku

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    Seppuku was a ritual form of suicide used by samurai warriors to avoid surrender or atone for a shameful act. What were their painful final moments really like?

    Video Clip (2:29)
  • Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice
    Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice

    Video Clip (3:01)

    When Aztec priests made human sacrifices to their gods, they would tear out the victim's heart and hold it in the air. Would the heart really still be beating?

    Video Clip (3:01)
  • Coroner's Report: Guillotine
    Coroner's Report: Guillotine

    Video Clip (3:16)

    The guillotine, the notorious killing machine of the French Revolution, was used to behead thousands, including King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Why was it a humane form of execution for its time, and did victims' brains continue functioning after decapitation?

    Video Clip (3:16)
  • Coroner's Report: Julius Caesar
    Coroner's Report: Julius Caesar

    Video Clip (2:01)

    The Roman leader Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times by a mob of mutinous senators in 44 B.C. Could he possibly have survived long enough to utter his famous last words?

    Video Clip (2:01)
  • Coroner's Report: Hanging
    Coroner's Report: Hanging

    Video Clip (2:10)

    One of the oldest forms of capital punishment, hanging kills--but not the way most people think. What makes the dreaded hangman's noose so lethal?

    Video Clip (2:10)
  • Coroner's Report: Al Capone
    Coroner's Report: Al Capone

    Video Clip (2:40)

    Al Capone survived assassination attempts, brutal gang wars and an attack by a fellow inmate at Alcatraz. How did unprotected sex finally take down one of history's most notorious gangsters?

    Video Clip (2:40)
  • Coroner's Report: Plague
    Coroner's Report: Plague

    Video Clip (2:37)

    In the 14th century, a devastating plague known as the Black Death claimed an estimated 75 million lives. How did the people who contracted it know their luck had run out?

    Video Clip (2:37)
  • Coroner's Report: Pompeii
    Coroner's Report: Pompeii

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    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. obliterated the Roman city of Pompeii, burying it under tons of volcanic ash. While many of its resident fled to safety, what happened to those who dared to stay behind?

    Video Clip (2:14)
  • Coroner's Report: Atomic Bomb
    Coroner's Report: Atomic Bomb

    Video Clip (2:17)

    In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What happened to people on the fringes of the blasts?

    Video Clip (2:17)
  • Coroner's Report: King Tut
    Coroner's Report: King Tut

    Video Clip (2:20)

    According to one theory, an accident caused the untimely death of teenage pharaoh King Tut. How might a broken leg have sent him to his tomb?

    Video Clip (2:20)

Deconstructing History (38)

  • Deconstructing History: Buckingham Palace
    Deconstructing History: Buckingham Palace

    Video Clip (2:46)

    Did you know that Buckingham Palace has a helipad and a lake? Get the facts and history behind the Queen's official London residence.

    Video Clip (2:46)
  • Deconstructing History: Big Ben
    Deconstructing History: Big Ben

    Video Clip (2:15)

    Did you know that Big Ben is the main bell inside London's famous clock tower, not the tower itself? Find out more about one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Deconstructing History: Alcatraz
    Deconstructing History: Alcatraz

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    Get all the facts and figures about the island of Alcatraz, commonly known as "The Rock".

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Deconstructing History: Brooklyn Bridge
    Deconstructing History: Brooklyn Bridge

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    One of New York’s most famous landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge transports 120,000 vehicles and 4,000 pedestrians every day.

    Video Clip (1:56)
  • Deconstructing History: Panama Canal
    Deconstructing History: Panama Canal

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    Hailed as one of the great achievements of the 20th Century, the Panama Canal connects 160 countries and 1,700 ports around the world.

    Video Clip (2:09)
  • Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon
    Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon

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    Explore the geological history of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    Video Clip (1:37)
  • Deconstructing History: The Pentagon
    Deconstructing History: The Pentagon

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    With 17.5 miles of corridors and a total floor area of 6.6 million square feet, the Pentagon is a military complex like no other.

    Video Clip (2:18)
  • Deconstructing History: The Vatican
    Deconstructing History: The Vatican

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    Did you know the Vatican is the smallest nation-state in the world? Get all the facts and figures.

    Video Clip (1:53)
  • Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal
    Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal

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    Grand Central Terminal is one of America's busiest train stations, with over 700,000 people passing through it every day. Find out more about this iconic landmark.

    Video Clip (2:56)
  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

    Video Clip (2:07)
  • Deconstructing History: Empire State Building
    Deconstructing History: Empire State Building

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    The world-famous Empire State Building is a symbol of New York City and one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

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  • Deconstructing History: St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Deconstructing History: St. Patrick's Cathedral

    Video Clip (2:15)

    Get the facts on this iconic New York City landmark.

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Deconstructing History: White House
    Deconstructing History: White House

    Video Clip (1:35)

    It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

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  • Deconstructing History: Taj Mahal
    Deconstructing History: Taj Mahal

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    Originally built by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb his wife, the Taj Mahal remains an architectural marvel of the modern world.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • Deconstructing History: Ellis Island
    Deconstructing History: Ellis Island

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    For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

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  • Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge
    Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge

    Video Clip (3:23)

    Get the facts about one of the world's most beautiful bridges.

    Video Clip (3:23)
  • Deconstructing History: Great Wall of China
    Deconstructing History: Great Wall of China

    Video Clip (2:15)

    It took millennia to build, but today the Great Wall of China stands out as one of the world's most famous landmarks.

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam
    Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam

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    Did you know that the Hoover Dam supplies electricity to more than 20 million people? Get all the facts on this marvel of engineering.

    Video Clip (3:20)
  • Deconstructing History: Eiffel Tower
    Deconstructing History: Eiffel Tower

    Video Clip (2:15)

    Originally intended as a temporary installation, the Eiffel Tower has become one of the most enduring symbols of France and the industrial age.

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Deconstructing History: North Pole
    Deconstructing History: North Pole

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    Ever wonder how many miles it is from the North Pole to the South Pole? Take a journey to the northernmost point on earth to uncover this and other facts and figures of the Far North.

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  • Deconstructing History: Ireland
    Deconstructing History: Ireland

    Video Clip (2:21)

    From Ireland's national symbol to its average beer consumption, get the facts on the Emerald Isle.

    Video Clip (2:21)
  • Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
    Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty

    Video Clip (1:29)

    How many steps are there to the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Find out that and other facts and figures about America's most recognizable symbol of freedom.

    Video Clip (1:29)
  • Deconstructing History: Titanic
    Deconstructing History: Titanic

    Video Clip (1:57)

    Everyone knows the Titanic was big, and we have the hard numbers to prove it. Discover what made it a supersized ship.

    Video Clip (1:57)
  • Deconstructing History: Samurai
    Deconstructing History: Samurai

    Video Clip (2:35)

    The Samurai were fearsome warriors whose traditions of honor and discipline live on in the study of jujitsu and kendo today.

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Deconstructing History: Tyrannosaurus Rex
    Deconstructing History: Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Video Clip (1:25)

    Known as the "king of the tyrant lizards," T-Rex was one of the largest carnivores of all time.

    Video Clip (1:25)
  • Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall
    Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall

    Video Clip (2:27)

    For 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War, separating families and keeping the people from jobs and opportunity in the west.

    Video Clip (2:27)
  • Deconstructing History: Alamo
    Deconstructing History: Alamo

    Video Clip (2:47)

    It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo.

    Video Clip (2:47)
  • Deconstructing History: Colosseum
    Deconstructing History: Colosseum

    Video Clip (1:38)

    Completed in 80 A.D., Rome's Colosseum has been the site of celebrations, sporting events and bloodshed. Today, it's a major tourist attraction, playing host to 3.9 million visitors each year.

    Video Clip (1:38)
  • Deconstructing History: Mayflower
    Deconstructing History: Mayflower

    Video Clip (2:35)

    How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore
    Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore

    Video Clip (1:38)

    Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.

    Video Clip (1:38)
  • Deconstructing History: Pompeii
    Deconstructing History: Pompeii

    Video Clip (2:17)

    It was nearly wiped out during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. What is left of this ancient city and will Vesuvius erupt again? Uncover the lost city of Pompeii.

    Video Clip (2:17)
  • Deconstructing History: Spartans
    Deconstructing History: Spartans

    Video Clip (2:06)

    Ten-thousand strong, the Spartan army was highly skilled and technologically advanced for its time.

    Video Clip (2:06)
  • Deconstructing History: The Great Pyramid
    Deconstructing History: The Great Pyramid

    Video Clip (1:31)

    Did you know that the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs 6.5 million tons? Get the facts on what makes this ancient wonder a true architectural marvel.

    Video Clip (1:31)
  • Deconstructing History: The Acropolis
    Deconstructing History: The Acropolis

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    Built over 2500 years ago, the Parthenon remains one of the most visited archeological sites in the world.

    Video Clip (2:36)
  • Deconstructing History: Aircraft Carriers in Vietnam
    Deconstructing History: Aircraft Carriers in Vietnam

    Video Clip (1:31)

    U.S. forces relied heavily on aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War to assist in the air war strategy.

    Video Clip (1:31)
  • Deconstructing History: Huey Helicopters in Vietnam
    Deconstructing History: Huey Helicopters in Vietnam

    Video Clip (1:30)

    The UH-1 "Huey" helicopter became a symbol of U.S. combat forces in Vietnam.

    Video Clip (1:30)
  • Deconstructing History: Cu Chi Tunnels
    Deconstructing History: Cu Chi Tunnels

    Video Clip (1:29)

    Find out more about the elaborate network of underground tunnels used as hideouts, living quarters and supply routes for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

    Video Clip (1:29)
  • Deconstructing History: Vietnam
    Deconstructing History: Vietnam

    Video Clip (1:30)

    Discover facts, figures and history about Vietnam.

    Video Clip (1:30)

First Ladies (14)

  • First Ladies
    First Ladies

    Video Clip (1:50)

    These U.S. first ladies made their mark during their stays at the White House.

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  • Jackie Kennedy: Queen of Camelot
    Jackie Kennedy: Queen of Camelot

    Video Clip (1:56)

    Jackie Kennedy epitomized the youth and glamour of the Kennedy family.

    Video Clip (1:56)
  • Deconstructing History: White House
    Deconstructing History: White House

    Video Clip (1:35)

    It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

    Video Clip (1:35)
  • Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait
    Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait

    Video Clip (2:40)

    Hear the tale of how first lady Dolley Madison risked her life to save George Washington's portrait from a fiery fate as British troops approached the White House.

    Video Clip (2:40)
  • Romance of John and Abigail Adams
    Romance of John and Abigail Adams

    Video Clip (2:12)

    See how the relationship between John Adams and Abigail Smith began. They wrote passionate letters to each other and talked for hours, but John's work made it hard for them to set a wedding date.

    Video Clip (2:12)
  • White House Christmas
    White House Christmas

    Video Clip (0:40)

    Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson celebrate Christmas morning at the White House in 1968.

    Video Clip (0:40)
  • Ladybird Johnson Enjoys White House Fair
    Ladybird Johnson Enjoys White House Fair

    Video Clip (0:45)

    In a History Uncut video, see footage of President Lyndon B. Johnson's wife, Ladybird Johnson, enjoying herself at a fair at the White House in 1967.

    Video Clip (0:45)
  • JFK and Jackie Wed
    JFK and Jackie Wed

    Video Clip (0:39)

    A newsreel film report on the 1953 marriage of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier.

    Video Clip (0:39)
  • Lincoln the Commander in Chief
    Lincoln the Commander in Chief

    Video Clip (4:56)

    After the Civil War, President Lincoln consoles a nation in mourning, often writing personal letters of condolence to the families of fallen Union soldiers.

    Video Clip (4:56)
  • Abraham Lincoln's Family Life
    Abraham Lincoln's Family Life

    Video Clip (4:13)

    Abraham Lincoln was an unlikely family man, but marriage and fatherhood helped him lead the nation through crisis.

    Video Clip (4:13)
  • Veterans Day: The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden
    Veterans Day: The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden

    Video Clip (0:30)

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tell us about supporting veterans on Veterans Day.

    Video Clip (0:30)
  • Betty Ford Recalls Intervention
    Betty Ford Recalls Intervention

    Video Clip (1:54)

    Betty Ford on her success on being sober.

    Video Clip (1:54)
  • History Uncut: Lyndon and Ladybird Xmas Morning 1968
    History Uncut: Lyndon and Ladybird Xmas Morning 1968

    Video Clip (0:40)

    Spend Christmas morning at the White House with President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird in this video clip from 'History Uncut'.

    Video Clip (0:40)
  • Hillary Makes History
    Hillary Makes History

    Video Clip (3:41)

    On Path to the Podium, we hear about Hillary Clinton's life. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Wellesley College. While there she was an active Republican, but that changed after the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.

    Video Clip (3:41)

Great and Telling Tales (12)

  • Dinosaurs
    Dinosaurs

    Video Clip (1:13)

    Timothy Dickinson shares with us his ideas on the concept of dinosaurs throughout the history of society.

    Video Clip (1:13)
  • Rasputin
    Rasputin

    Video Clip (1:59)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us about the life and death of the famous Russian mystic Rasputin.

    Video Clip (1:59)
  • The Kennedy-Nixon Debate
    The Kennedy-Nixon Debate

    Video Clip (1:07)

    Timothy Dickinson shares his take on the Kennedy-Nixon debate.

    Video Clip (1:07)
  • Halloween's Origins
    Halloween's Origins

    Video Clip (1:13)

    Timothy Dickinson gives his take on one of our most popular holidays.

    Video Clip (1:13)
  • Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'
    Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'

    Video Clip (1:03)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us the story of Jimmy Carter vs the killer rabbit.

    Video Clip (1:03)
  • Drugs
    Drugs

    Video Clip (1:07)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us about the history of drugs.

    Video Clip (1:07)
  • Gerald Ford Embraces Chicken
    Gerald Ford Embraces Chicken

    Video Clip (1:11)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us about Gerald Ford and the Chicken.

    Video Clip (1:11)
  • A Golden Age?
    A Golden Age?

    Video Clip (1:05)

    Timothy Dickinson sets us straight about what life was really like during most of human history.

    Video Clip (1:05)
  • Death of President Garfield
    Death of President Garfield

    Video Clip (1:03)

    Timothy Dickinson tells the story of President Garfield's untimely death.

    Video Clip (1:03)
  • The Moon Hoax
    The Moon Hoax

    Video Clip (1:01)

    The moon was once believed to be inhabited by winged human beings and bouncing creatures. Timothy Dickinson tells us where this myth came from.

    Video Clip (1:01)
  • Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin

    Video Clip (1:21)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us about Charles Darwin and the depth of the human past.

    Video Clip (1:21)
  • The Brain
    The Brain

    Video Clip (1:08)

    Timothy Dickinson tells us about the function of the brain.

    Video Clip (1:08)

Halloween (25)

  • Haunted History of Halloween
    Haunted History of Halloween

    Video Clip (2:46)

    Halloween was originally called Samhain and marked the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers.

    Video Clip (2:46)
  • Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween
    Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween

    Video Clip (2:15)

    It's one of America's favorite holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween?

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Bet You Didn't Know: Witches
    Bet You Didn't Know: Witches

    Video Clip (2:33)

    Get the real story behind witches, their hats and why they are said to ride on brooms.

    Video Clip (2:33)
  • Halloween's Origins
    Halloween's Origins

    Video Clip (1:13)

    Timothy Dickinson gives his take on one of our most popular holidays.

    Video Clip (1:13)
  • All About the Pumpkin
    All About the Pumpkin

    Video Clip (1:28)

    Everything you ever wanted to know about the pumpkin, but were afraid to ask.

    Video Clip (1:28)
  • Halloween: Primal Fear: The Face of Fear
    Halloween: Primal Fear: The Face of Fear

    Video Clip (1:52)

    Primal Fear suggests two functions of the facial expression of fear.

    Video Clip (1:52)
  • Primal Fear: Controlling Fear
    Primal Fear: Controlling Fear

    Video Clip (1:34)

    Primal Fear suggests three ways on how to control your emotions during an intense situation.

    Video Clip (1:34)
  • Candy Corn
    Candy Corn

    Video Clip (2:19)

    Modern Marvels gets a firsthand look at how Halloween's iconic candy corn is made.

    Video Clip (2:19)
  • Hillbilly Beast
    Hillbilly Beast

    Video Clip (44:12)

    Legends of a terrifying monster lurking in the back hills of Kentucky date back to the days of frontiersman Daniel Boone, but encounters with this mystery beast are increasing. The MonsterQuest team analyzes the evidence and heads deep into the dark forests.

    Video Clip (44:12)
  • Mothman
    Mothman

    Video Clip (4:25)

    Meet Mothman. He is a mix between a moth and a man and has been sited in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. He was first seen by Linda Scarberry.

    Video Clip (4:25)
  • Halloween Goes Commercial
    Halloween Goes Commercial

    Video Clip (2:07)

    Halloween's commercialization in the United States began in the early 20th century.

    Video Clip (2:07)
  • History of St. Patrick's Day
    History of St. Patrick's Day

    Video Clip (3:17)

    Distinguish St. Patrick's Day myths from reality and find out why this holiday is celebrated by millions of Irish people around the world.

    Video Clip (3:17)
  • America's Wolfman
    America's Wolfman

    Video Clip (44:14)

    Recently uncovered film footage and new witness testimony indicate something frightening is out there. MonsterQuest heads into the dark, isolated forests of the Midwest to search for a mysterious wolf-like creature.

    Video Clip (44:14)
  • Halloween: Primal Fear: Why We Like To Be Scared
    Halloween: Primal Fear: Why We Like To Be Scared

    Video Clip (1:59)

    Primal Fear suggsts why people like to be scared.

    Video Clip (1:59)
  • Pumpkin Carving: George Washington
    Pumpkin Carving: George Washington

    Video Clip (1:40)

    Pumpkin carver Steve Clarke carves the bust of George Washington into a Pumpkin.

    Video Clip (1:40)
  • Pumpkin Carving: Alan Shepard on the Moon
    Pumpkin Carving: Alan Shepard on the Moon

    Video Clip (1:50)

    Pumpkin carver Steve Clarke carves Alan Shepard's moon landing into a pumpkin.

    Video Clip (1:50)
  • Pumpkin Carving: Ben Franklin
    Pumpkin Carving: Ben Franklin

    Video Clip (1:55)

    Pumpkin carver Steve Clarke takes us through some of his more intricate carvings.

    Video Clip (1:55)
  • Pumpkin Carving: Mount Rushmore
    Pumpkin Carving: Mount Rushmore

    Video Clip (1:17)

    Pumpkin carver Steve Clarke shows us how to carve Mount Rushmore.

    Video Clip (1:17)
  • Primal Fear: Fear and the Brain
    Primal Fear: Fear and the Brain

    Video Clip (1:58)

    Primal Fear explains how the brain works in reaction to fear.

    Video Clip (1:58)
  • Primal Fear: Fear and Memory
    Primal Fear: Fear and Memory

    Video Clip (2:02)

    Primal Fear looks into how memory affects your emotional state.

    Video Clip (2:02)
  • Holidays: The Village Halloween Parade
    Holidays: The Village Halloween Parade

    Video Clip (2:36)

    In this History Channel video clip we learn about the New York Village Halloween Parade. Much preparation goes into making all the costumes for the parade through the work of volunteers.

    Video Clip (2:36)
  • The Bonanza Hotel
    The Bonanza Hotel

    Video Clip (3:12)

    Virginia City, Montana's Bonanza Hotel was many things: A court house, a nunnery, a hotel for tourists. Now its the residence for the ghosts of a nun, a cowboy, and two small children.

    Video Clip (3:12)
  • Vampire Myths
    Vampire Myths

    Video Clip (2:39)

    Vampire legends have permeated many cultures, but is there any truth to these blood-sucking, un-dead creatures?

    Video Clip (2:39)
  • Medieval Witchcraft
    Medieval Witchcraft

    Video Clip (1:43)

    In medieval society, sorcery was condemned and often resulted in practitioners being burned at the stake.

    Video Clip (1:43)
  • Ghost House
    Ghost House

    Video Clip (3:19)

    Ghost Stories tells us the haunted history of the Merchant House Museum, New York's oldest and most haunted house.

    Video Clip (3:19)

Hidden History (12)

  • Hidden History: Federal Hall
    Hidden History: Federal Hall

    Video Clip (2:16)

    Did you know that George Washington was sworn in as president at Federal Hall? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Federal Hall.

    Video Clip (2:16)
  • Hidden History: Foley Square
    Hidden History: Foley Square

    Video Clip (2:33)

    Did you know that New York City's Supreme Court is built to float? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Foley Square.

    Video Clip (2:33)
  • Hidden History: Grand Central Clock
    Hidden History: Grand Central Clock

    Video Clip (1:48)

    Did you know that Grand Central is home to the largest Tiffany stained glass clock in the world? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Grand Central.

    Video Clip (1:48)
  • Hidden History: Grand Central Terminal
    Hidden History: Grand Central Terminal

    Video Clip (1:26)

    Did you know that there is a clock in the middle of Grand Central worth $20 million? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Grand Central Terminal.

    Video Clip (1:26)
  • Hidden History: Grand Central Underground
    Hidden History: Grand Central Underground

    Video Clip (1:52)

    Did you know that Hitler once sent spies to destroy the Grand Central train system? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of the Grand Central underground.

    Video Clip (1:52)
  • Hidden History: Madison Square Park
    Hidden History: Madison Square Park

    Video Clip (1:42)

    Did you know that the Statue of Liberty's torch once resided in Madison Square Park? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Madison Square Park.

    Video Clip (1:42)
  • Hidden History: Park Avenue
    Hidden History: Park Avenue

    Video Clip (2:00)

    Did you know that Park Avenue used to be a railroad line? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Park Avenue.

    Video Clip (2:00)
  • Hidden History: Pier 54
    Hidden History: Pier 54

    Video Clip (2:16)

    Did you know that Pier 54 once welcomed the survivors of the Titanic?  Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Pier 54.

    Video Clip (2:16)
  • Hidden History: Turtle Bay
    Hidden History: Turtle Bay

    Video Clip (2:02)

    Did you know that the United Nations was built on the former site of breweries and slaughterhouses? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Turtle Bay.

    Video Clip (2:02)
  • Hidden History: Union Square
    Hidden History: Union Square

    Video Clip (2:11)

    Did you know George Washington once rallied his troops at Union Square? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Union Square Park.

    Video Clip (2:11)
  • Hidden History: Wall Street
    Hidden History: Wall Street

    Video Clip (2:32)

    Did you know that Wall Street was named after an actual wall that once stretched across Manhattan? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Wall Street.

    Video Clip (2:32)
  • Hidden History: Washington Square Park
    Hidden History: Washington Square Park

    Video Clip (2:15)

    Did you know that the park was once a burial ground? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Washington Square Park.

    Video Clip (2:15)

HISTORY Film Corps (22)

  • Airmobile Cavalry
    Airmobile Cavalry

    Video Clip (4:43)

    Two Vietnam veterans, Pete Henry and Jim Harris, reunite to watch the films of their experimental mission to airlift medium artillery into battle.

    Video Clip (4:43)
  • Tank Platoon Leader
    Tank Platoon Leader

    Video Clip (4:25)

    A curious daughter, Stacy Houston, views the films of her Vietnam veteran father, Skip Weber, and his tank platoon for the very first time.

    Video Clip (4:25)
  • Phantom Pilot
    Phantom Pilot

    Video Clip (4:51)

    Steve Conley seeks to honor his father's legacy by preserving the films he left behind of his time as an F-4 Phantom pilot in Vietnam.

    Video Clip (4:51)
  • Combat Cameraman
    Combat Cameraman

    Video Clip (5:08)

    A son learns about the trials of war through the films his father, Frank Lee, shot as a combat cameraman in Vietnam.

    Video Clip (5:08)
  • Vietnam Homecoming
    Vietnam Homecoming

    Video Clip (3:57)

    Though shunned by some, Vietnam veteran Sonny Silva was embraced by his family upon his return from the war, and his father captured it all on film.

    Video Clip (3:57)
  • The Seawolves
    The Seawolves

    Video Clip (4:56)

    A surprise phone call reunites two Vietnam war veterans, George Heady and Al Billings, with films of their service in the Navy Seawolves helicopter unit.

    Video Clip (4:56)
  • War Photographer
    War Photographer

    Video Clip (3:00)

    Albert Fagler's grandfather was an Army Air Corps photographer during WWII and left behind film reels featuring dogfights and his own wedding.

    Video Clip (3:00)
  • World War II Medic
    World War II Medic

    Video Clip (2:37)

    Michael Curry's grandfather was a medic during World War II and left behind meticulous notes to guide Michael through the films of his war experience.

    Video Clip (2:37)
  • Women in the Cockpit
    Women in the Cockpit

    Video Clip (3:53)

    Dawn Letson befriended a World War II veteran who was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and shares her films from WASP training camp.

    Video Clip (3:53)
  • MacArthur and Me
    MacArthur and Me

    Video Clip (3:44)

    Judy Kent's neighbor, George Dibbs, was a combat photographer follwing General MacArthur during WWII and shared his films with her.

    Video Clip (3:44)
  • Motorcycle MP
    Motorcycle MP

    Video Clip (3:19)

    Rick Conte was surprised to find out that his father--an Army MP during World War II-- appeared briefly in a television documentary some 60 years after the war.

    Video Clip (3:19)
  • Flying in the South Pacific
    Flying in the South Pacific

    Video Clip (3:32)

    Fred Linden's father was a PBY naval aviator during World War II and left behind two reels of film documenting his service in the South Pacific.

    Video Clip (3:32)
  • Submarine Shooter
    Submarine Shooter

    Video Clip (3:20)

    Tom Southwick's father caught amazing moments of life on a submarine on film as a naval photographer during World War II.

    Video Clip (3:20)
  • French Resistance
    French Resistance

    Video Clip (3:15)

    David Keran's grandfather was an OSS agent working with the French Resistance during WWII and left behind films of his experiences.

    Video Clip (3:15)
  • At the Battle of the Bulge
    At the Battle of the Bulge

    Video Clip (3:34)

    Jim Banks' neighbor, Herm Graebner, shared with him the films of his journey through Germany and France during WWII.

    Video Clip (3:34)
  • From Farm to Flyer
    From Farm to Flyer

    Video Clip (3:36)

    Kay Nehring's father was a pilot in the Pacific during WWII and Kay has found a home for his films shot during the war.

    Video Clip (3:36)
  • Chaplain G.I.
    Chaplain G.I.

    Video Clip (3:57)

    The experiences of Bob Marken's father as a chaplain during WWII are preserved on films he left behind for his family.

    Video Clip (3:57)
  • Homefront Funeral
    Homefront Funeral

    Video Clip (2:28)

    Kathy Wilczynski's father was a veteran of WWII and was chosen to give the eulogy of a fallen soldier shortly after the war.

    Video Clip (2:28)
  • JFK's Last Parade
    JFK's Last Parade

    Video Clip (3:48)

    See film of John F. Kennedy's last parade in Dallas that Bob Yeargan captured while taking a break from work on November 22, 1963.

    Video Clip (3:48)
  • JFK's Goddaughter
    JFK's Goddaughter

    Video Clip (3:26)

    Sally Fay, goddaughter of John F. Kennedy, reveals the home movies that document her family's friendship with the Kennedys.

    Video Clip (3:26)
  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber

    Video Clip (1:49)

    Marvel at the unprecedented speed, strength and seemingly endless range of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber, one of the most recognizable heavy bombers of World War II.

    Video Clip (1:49)
  • Vietnam in HD Classroom Preview
    Vietnam in HD Classroom Preview

    Video Clip (5:26)

    Watch a short preview of Vietnam in HD, a gripping portrait of the war told through the stories of those who experienced it firsthand

    Video Clip (5:26)

Inventions (32)

  • Thomas Edison
    Thomas Edison

    Video Clip (2:51)

    Thomas Edison's most famous invention, the light bulb, paved the way for modern life.

    Video Clip (2:51)
  • Civil War Tech
    Civil War Tech

    Video Clip (2:17)

    See how the Civil War prompted a quantum leap in warfare technology.

    Video Clip (2:17)
  • Transcontinental Railroad
    Transcontinental Railroad

    Video Clip (3:27)

    Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.

    Video Clip (3:27)
  • Henry Ford and the Model T
    Henry Ford and the Model T

    Video Clip (3:18)

    Find out how Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized transportation in America.

    Video Clip (3:18)
  • Wright Brothers
    Wright Brothers

    Video Clip (2:55)

    The Wright Brothers made the world's first powered flights. Check out their photos and journals and get an inside look at the men behind the legend.

    Video Clip (2:55)
  • 1920s Inventions
    1920s Inventions

    Video Clip (1:34)

    During the roaring 1920s, inventions like home refrigeration and penicilin sent America into the modern age.

    Video Clip (1:34)
  • The Birth of Telecommunications
    The Birth of Telecommunications

    Video Clip (3:49)

    Alexander Graham Bell thought he was on to something, but no one wanted his new invention. Hear the first verbal messages to travel by wire and through the air.

    Video Clip (3:49)
  • First Telegraph Message
    First Telegraph Message

    Video Clip (2:54)

    Morse's first telegram marked the beginning of the telecommunications revolution.

    Video Clip (2:54)
  • Ben Franklin Sparks Electricity
    Ben Franklin Sparks Electricity

    Video Clip (3:58)

    After retiring from politics age 42, Ben Franklin became an innovator in the field of science through his study of electricity and his invention of the lightning rod.

    Video Clip (3:58)
  • Wright Brothers are First in Flight
    Wright Brothers are First in Flight

    Video Clip (2:55)

    Inspired by a childhood toy, Orville and Wilbur go on to design and fly the world's first powered airplane.

    Video Clip (2:55)
  • Wright Brothers Test Flight, 1909
    Wright Brothers Test Flight, 1909

    Video Clip (1:32)

    In the early 20th century, the age of aviation took flight with airplanes invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Watch history in the making with footage of a 1909 test flight.

    Video Clip (1:32)
  • Lincoln's War Machine
    Lincoln's War Machine

    Video Clip (3:01)

    Twenty-four thousand miles of railroad replenishes troops and supplies for the North and delivers disaster to the South.

    Video Clip (3:01)
  • Building the Erie Canal
    Building the Erie Canal

    Video Clip (2:39)

    Opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was one of the most extraordinary engineering feats of the 19th century, connecting eastern ports and manufacturing with the rest of the country.

    Video Clip (2:39)
  • Hoover Dam
    Hoover Dam

    Video Clip (4:09)

    Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam was a marvel of engineering and labor.

    Video Clip (4:09)
  • Manhattan Project
    Manhattan Project

    Video Clip (3:09)

    Explore the top-secret American project to build the world's first atomic bomb.

    Video Clip (3:09)
  • WWI Firsts
    WWI Firsts

    Video Clip (1:18)

    WWI may have been the war to end all wars, but it was also the beginning of many military and civilian technologies.

    Video Clip (1:18)
  • The Book that Changed the World
    The Book that Changed the World

    Video Clip (2:18)

    The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed in Western Europe using movable metal type, introducing text reproduction to the masses.

    Video Clip (2:18)
  • The Space Race
    The Space Race

    Video Clip (2:58)

    The U.S. competition with the U.S.S.R. for technological dominance spurred the U.S. on to the first-ever landing on the Moon.

    Video Clip (2:58)
  • Edison's Failed Inventions
    Edison's Failed Inventions

    Video Clip (4:09)

    Thomas Edison had over 400 patents in just 8-years, but not all his ideas took off. See some bizarre failures from the Wizard of Menlo Park.

    Video Clip (4:09)
  • Aerosol Spray Can: Invention of War
    Aerosol Spray Can: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:54)

    The first aerosol can was designed to kill insects, not body odor. Get the facts.

    Video Clip (2:54)
  • The Jeep: Invention of War
    The Jeep: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:15)

    During World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower called the Jeep one of America's most important weapons. Why was the Jeep developed, and where did it get that funny name?

    Video Clip (2:15)
  • Inventions of War - Jet
    Inventions of War - Jet

    Video Clip (2:33)

    Originally built for military use, jet engines have evolved to the commercial airliners we utilize today. From Modern Marvels.

    Video Clip (2:33)
  • Orange Juice: Invention of War
    Orange Juice: Invention of War

    Video Clip (5:03)

    Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach. How has war changed what people eat and drink, including orange juice?

    Video Clip (5:03)
  • Penicillin: Invention of War
    Penicillin: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:56)

    Discover how penicillin became available to the world.

    Video Clip (2:56)
  • Plastic - Invention of War
    Plastic - Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:38)

    Find out about the invention of plastic.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • Radar: Invention of War
    Radar: Invention of War

    Video Clip (3:00)

    Find out how the research and development of radar technology lead to the invention of a device found in most modern kitchens.

    Video Clip (3:00)
  • The Rocket: Invention of War
    The Rocket: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:37)

    Before they were part of the space race, rockets were deadly military weapons. Which country was the first to use rockets during war? Get the facts.

    Video Clip (2:37)
  • Satellites: Invention of War
    Satellites: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:53)

    Sputnik was the first satellite to orbit Earth, but satellites that produced changes in the way we explore our planet came from American optics. Find out more.

    Video Clip (2:53)
  • Silly Putty: Invention of War
    Silly Putty: Invention of War

    Video Clip (2:32)

    The origins of this rubber-like substance date back to a time when the U.S. faced a major crisis. Find out how Silly Putty was invented.

    Video Clip (2:32)
  • Mankind in 2 Minutes
    Mankind in 2 Minutes

    Video Clip (2:12)

    Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.

    Video Clip (2:12)
  • Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
    Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek

    Video Clip (5:03)

    Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.

    Video Clip (5:03)
  • Andrew Carnegie
    Andrew Carnegie

    Video Clip (2:11)

    Meet Andrew Carnegie and find out how the wealthiest man of his day ended up giving away his vast fortune.

    Video Clip (2:11)

Korean War (8)

  • Douglas MacArthur
    Douglas MacArthur

    Video Clip (3:27)

    The general gains fame in World War II, then infamy when he is removed from his command in the Korean War.

    Video Clip (3:27)
  • Eisenhower Leads America
    Eisenhower Leads America

    Video Clip (3:21)

    This five-star general and 34th U.S. president launched the Space Race and created the federal interstate highway system.

    Video Clip (3:21)
  • Truman Sacks General MacArthur
    Truman Sacks General MacArthur

    Video Clip (1:38)

    General MacArthur disagreed with President Truman's course of action. Truman relieved MacArthur of his commands in Korea and Japan, and delivered this speech to explain his decision.

    Video Clip (1:38)
  • U.S. Jetfighter Ace of Korea
    U.S. Jetfighter Ace of Korea

    Video Clip (2:23)

    Get to know Colonel Ralph Parr, one of the greatest jetfighter aces in American history, whose three-decade Air Force career encompassed three wars and five combat tours.

    Video Clip (2:23)
  • Soviet MiG-15 Fighter Jet
    Soviet MiG-15 Fighter Jet

    Video Clip (1:40)

    The Soviet MiG-15 took part in the first jet-versus-jet dogfights of the Korean War, and even outperformed the American F-80 due to its blistering rate of climb.

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  • F-86 Sabre Fighter Jet
    F-86 Sabre Fighter Jet

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    The F-86 Sabre jet, equipped with six 50-caliber machine guns, was the first U.S. swept wing fighter ever produced. Find out why pilots called it the best plane they ever flew.

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  • Korea Vet Recalls War
    Korea Vet Recalls War

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    Veteran Sherman Pratt recalls the tough conditions during the Korean War.

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  • Korean War Homecoming
    Korean War Homecoming

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    Korean War soldiers returned home to a population that was largely disinterested in the war effort.

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Mexico (12)

  • Ask HISTORY: Cinco De Mayo
    Ask HISTORY: Cinco De Mayo

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    Ever wonder why May 5th is celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico? Get the full story.

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  • The Aztecs
    The Aztecs

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    Though they could build complex suspension bridges, the Aztecs could not ward off diseases brought over by the Spanish.

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  • The Mayans
    The Mayans

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    The growth of the great Mayan civilization is as much a mystery as its disappearance.

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  • Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice
    Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice

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    When Aztec priests made human sacrifices to their gods, they would tear out the victim's heart and hold it in the air. Would the heart really still be beating?

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  • Cinco de Mayo Foods: Mole Poblano
    Cinco de Mayo Foods: Mole Poblano

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    Join host Famous Fat Dave as he tries to unlock the mystery of Cinco de Mayo's most unusual food Mole Poblano.

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  • Cinco De Mayo
    Cinco De Mayo

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    Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's successful defense of the city of Puebla against invading French forces in 1862.

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  • Cinco De Mayo Foods: Tacos
    Cinco De Mayo Foods: Tacos

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    Join Famous Fat Dave as he interviews a cook who knows how to make a great taco for Cinco de Mayo.

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  • Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza

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    Explore the origins of the Temple of Chichen Itza, a Mayan pyramid in modern-day Mexico that features several unique features, including an echo designed to sound like a bird call.

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  • Mexico's Zone of Silence
    Mexico's Zone of Silence

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    A location in Mexico known as the "Zone of Silence" is noted for its electromagnetic anomalies, but can science explain the phenomena?

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  • Aztec Ingenuity
    Aztec Ingenuity

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    Chinampas were a marvel of engineering that allowed the Aztecs to literally create new farming land where there was none before.

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  • Prophecy of Quexalcote
    Prophecy of Quexalcote

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    Did the ancient Aztecs predict the arrival of Hernan Cortez in 1519?

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  • Mexico's Roswell: The Coyame Crash
    Mexico's Roswell: The Coyame Crash

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    On a quiet summer night in 1974, in the small town of Coyame, a plane collides in the sky with an unidentified object.

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Native American Cultures (9)

  • Origins of the Clovis People
    Origins of the Clovis People

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    Clovis points found on the east coast of the U.S. challenge the traditional theory that the Clovis people migrated to North-America via the Bering land bridge.

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  • Sitting Bull
    Sitting Bull

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    The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.

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  • American Buffalo
    American Buffalo

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    The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.

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  • The Buffalo and Native Americans
    The Buffalo and Native Americans

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    The buffalo was an essential part of Native American life, used in everything from religious rituals to teepee construction.

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  • The Last of the Sioux
    The Last of the Sioux

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    Resistant to government regulated reservations, the Sioux retreated into the Black Hills until a final massacre at Wounded Knee.

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  • Life in Jamestown
    Life in Jamestown

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    Find out what it took to be a settler in the early-American colony of Jamestown.

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  • Mystery at Roanoke
    Mystery at Roanoke

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    Before Jamestown and Plymouth, the English attempted to forge a colony at Roanoke. Within three years, it had disappeared, leaving a mysterious clue behind. What really happened to the Roanoke settlers?

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  • History of Thanksgiving
    History of Thanksgiving

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    Although Thanksgiving celebrations dated back to the first European settlements in America, it was not until the 1860s that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a national holiday.

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  • Rancho La Brea Tar Pits
    Rancho La Brea Tar Pits

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    Los Angeles' Rancho La Brea Tar Pits are a veritable cemetary for the remains of prehistoric mega-creatures like saber-tooth tigers and mammoths.

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Samurai and Bushido (10)

  • Deconstructing History: Samurai
    Deconstructing History: Samurai

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    The Samurai were fearsome warriors whose traditions of honor and discipline live on in the study of jujitsu and kendo today.

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  • Coroner's Report: Seppuku
    Coroner's Report: Seppuku

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    Seppuku was a ritual form of suicide used by samurai warriors to avoid surrender or atone for a shameful act. What were their painful final moments really like?

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  • Samurai
    Samurai

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    Honor was so much a part of Samurai life that warriors would commit ritual suicide if ever the code was broken.

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  • The History of Judo
    The History of Judo

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    Human Weapon shows the history of Judo, including information on Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, and the difference between Judo and Jujitsu.

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  • The History of Krav Maga
    The History of Krav Maga

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    Learn the history of Krav Maga in this Human Weapon video. Krav Maga was created as a way for Jewish people to protect themselves from Nazi, who use to attack in large groups. Because of the large group of Nazi, boxing and was not enough.

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  • The History of Mixed Martial Arts
    The History of Mixed Martial Arts

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    Watch the evolution of mixed martial arts in this Human Weapon video. The MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, is a worldwide phenomena with its center in Los Angeles with over 24,000 professionals and 2,500 leagues around the world.

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  • The History of Ninjitsu
    The History of Ninjitsu

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    In this video from the hit show Human Weapon, we get to learn of the start of Ninjitsu. Why it was made and how to accomplish it is investigated in this amazingly educational video. From Japan to counter attacks, see it all here.

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  • The History of Kung Fu
    The History of Kung Fu

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    In this video clip from Human Weapon we learn about the martial arts fighting style known as Kung Fu. It was developed in China and has nearly 400 different styles. But all Kung Fu can be broken down into internal and external.

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  • The History of Muay Thai
    The History of Muay Thai

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    In this clip from Human Weapon we get to see the unique fighting style of the Muay thai. Learn some of the moves of Muay thai and also learn the history of where the techniques came from. Join our hosts as they journey to Bangkok.

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  • The History of Sambo
    The History of Sambo

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    Learn the history of Sambo in this Human Weapons video. Learn how Sambo has affected Russian history, and how it has led to international fame for today's fighters.

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The States (25)

  • Faces of America
    Faces of America

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    Prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique.

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  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

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  • Transcontinental Railroad
    Transcontinental Railroad

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    Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.

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  • Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam
    Deconstructing History: Hoover Dam

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    Did you know that the Hoover Dam supplies electricity to more than 20 million people? Get all the facts on this marvel of engineering.

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  • Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
    Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty

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    How many steps are there to the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Find out that and other facts and figures about America's most recognizable symbol of freedom.

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  • Deconstructing History: Alcatraz
    Deconstructing History: Alcatraz

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    Get all the facts and figures about the island of Alcatraz, commonly known as "The Rock".

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  • Deconstructing History: Ellis Island
    Deconstructing History: Ellis Island

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    For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

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  • Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore
    Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore

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    Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.

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  • Deconstructing History: Empire State Building
    Deconstructing History: Empire State Building

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    The world-famous Empire State Building is a symbol of New York City and one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

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  • Deconstructing History: White House
    Deconstructing History: White House

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    It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
    Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day

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    Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

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  • Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon
    Deconstructing History: Grand Canyon

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    Explore the geological history of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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  • Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal
    Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal

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    Grand Central Terminal is one of America's busiest train stations, with over 700,000 people passing through it every day. Find out more about this iconic landmark.

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  • Deconstructing History: St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Deconstructing History: St. Patrick's Cathedral

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    Get the facts on this iconic New York City landmark.

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  • Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge
    Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge

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    Get the facts about one of the world's most beautiful bridges.

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  • Deconstructing History: Alamo
    Deconstructing History: Alamo

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    It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo.

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  • Hoover Dam
    Hoover Dam

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    Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam was a marvel of engineering and labor.

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  • Declaration of Independence
    Declaration of Independence

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    To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?

    Video Clip (3:49)
  • Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
    Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.

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    Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains

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  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

    Video Clip (1:25)

    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

    Video Clip (1:25)
  • Dust Storms Strike America
    Dust Storms Strike America

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    Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City.

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  • American Buffalo
    American Buffalo

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    The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.

    Video Clip (2:52)
  • How Was Hawaii Formed?
    How Was Hawaii Formed?

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    the origins of the Hawaiian islands have remained a geological puzzle for generations, but recent investigations uncovered that volcanoes hold the key to much of the formation of these beautiful islands.

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  • Alaska Becomes 49th State
    Alaska Becomes 49th State

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    Alaska celebrates the long awaited grant of statehood with an enthusiastic celebration. It becomes America's forty-ninth state and, by far, the largest.

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  • Washington Escapes Brooklyn
    Washington Escapes Brooklyn

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    As British General William Howe anticipates surrender, General Washington fleas across the East River under cover of darkness.

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Statue of Liberty (12)

  • The Statue of Liberty
    The Statue of Liberty

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    What do the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have in common?

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  • Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
    Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty

    Video Clip (1:29)

    How many steps are there to the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Find out that and other facts and figures about America's most recognizable symbol of freedom.

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  • Statue of Liberty Unknown
    Statue of Liberty Unknown

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    Did you know the Statue of Liberty was built to withstand hurricane-force winds with copper skin less than two pennies thick? And that's not all you may not know about this American icon.

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  • Faces of America
    Faces of America

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    Prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique.

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  • Detained at Ellis Island
    Detained at Ellis Island

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    Immigrants detained on Ellis Island for legal or medical reasons spent a night in the Ferry Building. Hear the stories of those who lived this through unforgettable experience.

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  • Arrival at Ellis Island
    Arrival at Ellis Island

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    Seen from inbound ships, the Statue of Liberty was an emotional welcome for immigrants coming to America. Hear from those who remember their first glimpse of this symbol of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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  • The Ferry Building on Ellis Island
    The Ferry Building on Ellis Island

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    The Ferry Building was the starting point for new Americans on Ellis Island. Those who passed inspection waited there for boats to Manhattan and New Jersey. Explore this landmark of history, now totally restored.

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  • The Dark Underbelly of Ellis Island
    The Dark Underbelly of Ellis Island

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    The spirit of Ellis Island is captured in Stephen Wilkes' book of photographs entitled "Ghosts of Freedom." Wilkes spent over five years photographing Ellis Island, where both of his grandparents came to America.

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  • The Light of Ellis Island
    The Light of Ellis Island

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    The light of Ellis Island is infused with history and emotion. Photographer Stephen Wilkes, creator of the book "Ghosts of Freedom," describes the inspiration of the many souls who passed through this historic venue.

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  • Hurdles to Citizenship on Ellis Island
    Hurdles to Citizenship on Ellis Island

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    The road to America passed through Ellis Island, but there were a few hurdles to clear before passage was granted. In addition to a medical exam, there was a bit of a pop quiz. Could you pass the test?

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  • Taking the Citizenship Oath
    Taking the Citizenship Oath

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    The History Channel tells us what it's like to take the oath.

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  • Ellis Island In Pictures
    Ellis Island In Pictures

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    Experience Ellis Island from the viewfinder of photographer Stephen Wilkes, who spent years photo documenting the historic site.

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Thanksgiving (16)

  • Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving
    Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving

    Video Clip (2:38)

    Find out which traditional recipes weren't served at the first Thanksgiving celebration.

    Video Clip (2:38)
  • History of Thanksgiving
    History of Thanksgiving

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    Although Thanksgiving celebrations dated back to the first European settlements in America, it was not until the 1860s that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a national holiday.

    Video Clip (3:15)
  • Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday
    Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday

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    Early Puritans observed Thanksgiving days of prayer, but Sarah Josepha Hale's crusade for a national day of thanks is what ultimately gave us Thanksgiving.

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  • Deconstructing History: Mayflower
    Deconstructing History: Mayflower

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    How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.

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  • The Mayflower
    The Mayflower

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    From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.

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  • History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade
    History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been marching since 1924.

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  • Thanksgiving Day Parade
    Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a 48-hour whirlwind of activity.

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  • Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech
    Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech

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    At the Macy's Studio in Hoboken, NJ, technicians work year round to construct floats and balloons for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  • First Football Broadcast
    First Football Broadcast

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    The University of Detroit Stadium hosted the first broadcasted Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, pitting the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears and sparking a new tradition.

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  • Pumpkin Pie
    Pumpkin Pie

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    The Little Pie company in New York City bakes over 5,000 pumpkin pies every Thanksgiving.

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  • Thanksgiving Turkey
    Thanksgiving Turkey

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    Deep frying turkeys is a southern trend that is now spreading across the United States.

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  • Here Come the Cowboys
    Here Come the Cowboys

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    The Detroit Lions have been playing football on Thanksgiving Day since 1934. But what about the Cowboys? NFL Films researcher Chris Willis and football commentator Sal Paolantonio explain how the Dallas Cowboys joined in the Detroit Lions' tradition.

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  • Pilgrims in America
    Pilgrims in America

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    The first Pilgrims in America were nearly defeated by the harsh conditions they faced when they arrived in New England.

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  • Turkey Tech
    Turkey Tech

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    At the Jennie-O turkey store, getting hens from the farm to your table is a highly specialized process.

    Video Clip (1:14)
  • Turducken
    Turducken

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    Hebert's Meats in Lousiana claims to be the original creator of this 18-pound combination of duck, chicken and turkey.

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  • Jennie-O Turkey
    Jennie-O Turkey

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    Find out how the Jennie-O turkey store prepares for the Thanksgiving rush.

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Titanic (10)

  • Deconstructing History: Titanic
    Deconstructing History: Titanic

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    Everyone knows the Titanic was big, and we have the hard numbers to prove it. Discover what made it a supersized ship.

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  • Coroner's Report: Titanic
    Coroner's Report: Titanic

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    When the "unsinkable" ocean liner Titanic was lost after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912, lifeboats saved only 700 of her passengers. What did the 1,500 people who went down with the ship experience in the icy waters of the North Atlantic?

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  • Titanic's Achilles Heel
    Titanic's Achilles Heel

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    Weighing the evidence and first hand accounts, a team of researchers attempts to discover the causes and truth behind the wrecks of the Titanic and the Britannic.

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  • Avoiding Disaster on the Titanic
    Avoiding Disaster on the Titanic

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    With only 37 seconds to avoid disaster, could the Titanic crew have changed its course in time? Watch this clip to find out.

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  • Expedition Titanic
    Expedition Titanic

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    Corroded metal and debris. These are only a few things that a person will see when he examines what remains of the Titanic. Ralph White, a master cinematographer, explains his past and present voyages to the wreckage of the Titanic.

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  • The Titanic's Structure
    The Titanic's Structure

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    Naval architect Roger Long breaks down Titanic's structure to gain better insight into how and why the "unsinkable" ship sank.

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  • Titanic's Lookout
    Titanic's Lookout

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    The first to see the iceberg that would sink the unsinkable ship, Frederick Fleet held himself responsible for the fate of the ship and its passengers.

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  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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    Known for attempts to turn her rescue boat around, Titanic survivor Margaret Brown made waves on land as well. Find out what happened to the "Unisinkable Molly Brown" after Titanic.

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  • Titanic: Stewardess Survival
    Titanic: Stewardess Survival

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    Find out what happened to Violet Jessup, a stewardess aboard the Titanic and the only woman to survive the sinking of both the Titanic and her sister ship, Britannic.

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  • A Titanic Survivor
    A Titanic Survivor

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    Millvina Dean, inspiration for the movie Titanic, shares her survival story.

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U.S. Presidents (51)

  • Deconstructing History: White House
    Deconstructing History: White House

    Video Clip (1:35)

    It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

    Video Clip (1:35)
  • Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
    Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers

    Video Clip (1:25)

    Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.

    Video Clip (1:25)
  • Presidential Fun Facts
    Presidential Fun Facts

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    The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.

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    How was Washington, D.C. chosen as the capital of the United States?

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  • George Washington
    George Washington

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    How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?

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  • First Ladies
    First Ladies

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    These U.S. first ladies made their mark during their stays at the White House.

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  • Slavery and the Presidency
    Slavery and the Presidency

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    Slavery is a central paradox of much of American history. In fact, most of the country's founding fathers owned slaves.

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  • James Madison: Did You Know?
    James Madison: Did You Know?

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    At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.

    Video Clip (1:36)
  • The Success of Abraham Lincoln
    The Success of Abraham Lincoln

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    Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.

    Video Clip (3:48)
  • Andrew Jackson Fights Off Assassin
    Andrew Jackson Fights Off Assassin

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    Andrew Jackson lived up to his tough reputation when a would-be assassin attempted to shoot him at point-blank range.

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  • Andrew Johnson and Alaska
    Andrew Johnson and Alaska

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    Andrew Johnson's deal for the purchase of Alaska was initially mocked, but has since proven to be a monumental bargain for the nation.

    Video Clip (2:08)
  • The OK President
    The OK President

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    Find out why Martin Van Buren is known as the "ok" president, and why he's considered the first professional politician to hold the office.

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  • Humor of Abraham Lincoln
    Humor of Abraham Lincoln

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    Lincoln often utilized his sense of humor when making political statements, and also to silence his critics.

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Death Threats
    Abraham Lincoln: Death Threats

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    Abraham Lincoln began receiving death threats almost as soon as he took office, and didn't have the luxury of modern Secret Service protection.

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  • Grover Cleveland's Sex Scandal
    Grover Cleveland's Sex Scandal

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    In 1884, speculation swirled around Grover Cleveland, and the idea that he may have fathered a child out of wedlock.

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  • The Talented Mr. Roosevelt
    The Talented Mr. Roosevelt

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    Theodore Roosevelt believed in a vigorous lifestyle. During his presidency, he even participated in a boxing match that left him blind in one eye.

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  • Woodrow Wilson's Health Crisis
    Woodrow Wilson's Health Crisis

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    Find out what happened when poor health sidelined Woodrow Wilson for several years of his presidency.

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  • A Warm Roosevelt Welcome
    A Warm Roosevelt Welcome

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    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were known for warmly welcoming guests to the White House.

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  • Harding's Scandals
    Harding's Scandals

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    Warren Harding's presidency was rocked by scandal, including one that didn't come to light until after he left office.

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  • Truman and Eisenhower
    Truman and Eisenhower

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    Democrat Harry Truman and Republican Dwight Eisenhower had a warm and amicable relationship. Truman even offered to run as Ike's VP.

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  • LBJ: Before the War on Poverty
    LBJ: Before the War on Poverty

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    LBJ spent time after college teaching impoverished Mexican-American immigrants on the border of Texas and Mexico, an experience that shaped his personality and presidential ambitions.

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  • Jimmy Carter's Legacy
    Jimmy Carter's Legacy

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    Find out more about Jimmy Carter's life after leaving the Oval Office, including his Nobel Peace Prize win.

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  • Nixon's Personality
    Nixon's Personality

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    Find out why Nixon described himself as an introvert in an extrovert's job, and how his personality type may have affected his presidency.

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  • Jackson and the $20 Bill
    Jackson and the $20 Bill

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    Why is Andrew Jackson--a staunch opponent of paper money--featured on the $20 bill?

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  • Andrew Jackson's Firsts
    Andrew Jackson's Firsts

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    Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, but he was the first in many other ways.

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  • FDR: A Voice of Hope
    FDR: A Voice of Hope

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    Elected in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a reassuring presence for many Americans through the trials of the Great Depression.

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  • JFK: A New Generation
    JFK: A New Generation

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    John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.

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  • The Great Communicator
    The Great Communicator

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    Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.

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  • Death of President Garfield
    Death of President Garfield

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    Timothy Dickinson tells the story of President Garfield's untimely death.

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  • The Kennedy-Nixon Debate
    The Kennedy-Nixon Debate

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    Timothy Dickinson shares his take on the Kennedy-Nixon debate.

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  • Gerald Ford Embraces Chicken
    Gerald Ford Embraces Chicken

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    Timothy Dickinson tells us about Gerald Ford and the Chicken.

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  • Election 2008: Barack Obama
    Election 2008: Barack Obama

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    A look at Barack Obama's presidential campaign and historic win in the 2008 general election

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  • Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'
    Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'

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    Timothy Dickinson tells us the story of Jimmy Carter vs the killer rabbit.

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  • The Inauguration
    The Inauguration

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    Host David Eisenbach describes the historic significance of the process by which a newly elected candidate assumes the role of President of the United States of America.

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  • The Electoral College
    The Electoral College

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    Host David Eisenbach explains the history and purpose of the Electoral College and why it is so important to America's democratic process.

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  • Romance of John and Abigail Adams
    Romance of John and Abigail Adams

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    See how the relationship between John Adams and Abigail Smith began. They wrote passionate letters to each other and talked for hours, but John's work made it hard for them to set a wedding date.

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  • Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
    Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.

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    Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains

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  • James Madison and the War of 1812
    James Madison and the War of 1812

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    James Madison is considered to be the "Father of the Constitution," but it was the War of 1812 that ultimately defined his presidency.

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  • James Monroe's Presidency
    James Monroe's Presidency

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    Follow the presidency of James Monroe, from the birth of the Monroe Doctrine to the controversy that marred his terms in office.

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  • William Henry Harrison's Presidency
    William Henry Harrison's Presidency

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    Explore the highs and lows of ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison's administration, from his lengthy inaugural address to his death in office.

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  • Martin Van Buren's Presidency
    Martin Van Buren's Presidency

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    Find out why New York Democrat and American President Martin Van Buren was considered the ultimate political machine in American politics.

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  • Millard Fillmore's Presidency
    Millard Fillmore's Presidency

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    Despite what many considered a bland administration, the "accidental president" Millard Fillmore managed to turn his predecessor's legacy on its head.

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  • John Tyler's Presidency
    John Tyler's Presidency

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    Find out how President John Tyler proved wrong his critics who called him weak.

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  • James Buchanan's Presidency
    James Buchanan's Presidency

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    Lame-duck President James Buchanan ranks near the bottom in presidential popularity polls. Find out how his mishandling of slavery and secession may have hastened the onset of the Civil War.

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  • Franklin Pierce's Presidency
    Franklin Pierce's Presidency

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    Find out why Franklin Pierce is sometimes remembered as one of the worst presidents in American history.

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  • Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President
    Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President

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    Theodore Roosevelt was William McKinley's vice president until tragedy struck and Roosevelt landed in McKinley's seat.

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  • William McKinley's Presidency
    William McKinley's Presidency

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    Explore the presidency of William McKinley, from his modernization of political news distribution to his war policy and assassination.

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  • Eisenhower Leads America
    Eisenhower Leads America

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    This five-star general and 34th U.S. president launched the Space Race and created the federal interstate highway system.

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  • Warren G. Harding's Presidency
    Warren G. Harding's Presidency

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    Why did so many people think Warren G. Harding wasn't fit to be president?

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  • Inaugural Address: John F. Kennedy
    Inaugural Address: John F. Kennedy

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    Excerpts from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961.

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  • Watergate Forces Nixon to Resign
    Watergate Forces Nixon to Resign

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    In this History Rocks the 70's video, brought to you by the History Channel, learn about special investigator Archibald Cox's quest to investigate the Watergate cover-up. Nixon tries to get Cox fired several times.

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Vietnam War (19)

  • A Soldier's Story: Khe Sanh
    A Soldier's Story: Khe Sanh

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    Amid a siege that would last 77 days, medic Raymond Torres was dropped into central Vietnam.

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  • Tet Offensive
    Tet Offensive

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    This massive North Vietnamese surprise attack during the 1968 Tet holiday was a crucial turning point in the war.

    Video Clip (4:53)
  • A Soldier's Story: Hamburger Hill
    A Soldier's Story: Hamburger Hill

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    In 1969, Arthur Wiknik found himself in one of the Vietnam War's most notorious battles.

    Video Clip (4:41)
  • The Seawolves
    The Seawolves

    Video Clip (4:56)

    A surprise phone call reunites two Vietnam war veterans, George Heady and Al Billings, with films of their service in the Navy Seawolves helicopter unit.

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  • Arthur Wiknik
    Arthur Wiknik

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    As an 18-year-old draftee, Arthur Wiknik was rushed through officer candidate's school. After one month in Vietnam he found himself in the middle of the battle of "Hamburger Hill"--one of the most notorious battles of the war.

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  • Vietnam
    Vietnam

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    Whether they volunteered or were drafted, 1 out of 10 soldiers did not survive Vietnam.

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  • Search and Destroy
    Search and Destroy

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    Search and Destroy missions were a crucial part of the American war strategy in Vietnam.

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  • Karl Marlantes
    Karl Marlantes

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    Marine Karl Marlantes left behind a Rhodes scholarship to volunteer for service in Vietnam.

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  • Bob Clewell
    Bob Clewell

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    Bob Clewell dropped out of college to join the Army, and arrive in Vietnam just weeks after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964. During his third tour, he was trained as a helicopter pilot, providing air support for ground troops during the Lam Son 719 offensive.

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  • Keith Connolly
    Keith Connolly

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    Air Force pilot Keith Connolly was among the first USAF units to be stationed within South Vietnam. During his second tour, he flew F-4 Phantoms targeting the Ho Chi Minh Trail and witnessed two of his men go missing after his plane had been hit.

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  • Raymond Torres
    Raymond Torres

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    Navy medic Raymond Torres joined the Navy to attend medical school and was assigned to a Marine Corps company. While tending to wounded Marines during the Khe Sanh battle, Torres was critically injured when a grenade exploded near him.

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  • Gery Benedetti
    Gery Benedetti

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    Gery Benedetti was a member of the "Brown Water River Rats," whose missions were a crucial but dangerous component of the American combat operation in Vietnam.

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  • Joe Galloway
    Joe Galloway

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    Reporter Joe Galloway covered the Vietnam War from the frontlines while embedded with the Command Unit of the 1st Cavalry Division.

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  • Barry Romo
    Barry Romo

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    Fresh out of high school, Barry Romo enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam. Romo was awarded a bronze star for his efforts but grew disillusioned with the war and later joined a controversial group called Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

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  • Donald Devore
    Donald Devore

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    in the summer of 1968, Donald Devore was drafted and sent off to basic training. Devore was assigned to an artillery unit in Vietnam and after four months, was granted leave to attend the birth of his first child.

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  • Veteran's Home Movies
    Veteran's Home Movies

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    Find out why more veterans came home with home movies from Vietnam and how they helped give Vietnam in HD a unique perspective of the war.

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  • Elizabeth Allen
    Elizabeth Allen

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    Psychiatric nurse Elizabeth Allen volunteered for the Army and requested frontline duty in Vietnam.

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  • Vietnam War Tactics
    Vietnam War Tactics

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    The guerilla warfare tactics of the North Vietnamese required U.S. military leaders to modify their combat strategy during the Vietnam War.

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  • The Road to War
    The Road to War

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    Over 25 years, the Vietnam conflict escalated from an attempt to stop the spread of communism into a full-scale war.

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Vikings (11)

  • Bet You Didn't Know: Vikings
    Bet You Didn't Know: Vikings

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    There's a lot more to these seafaring warriors than their famous longships. Get the full story.

    Video Clip (2:31)
  • Who Were the Vikings?
    Who Were the Vikings?

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    1200 years ago the Vikings exploded out of the cold North Sea like beasts unleashed upon an unsuspecting world, but who were they really?

    Video Clip (2:35)
  • Life of a Viking
    Life of a Viking

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    The Vikings are known as masters of the sea, but what was the viking life like before these warriors began their raids?

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  • Celtic Burial Mound
    Celtic Burial Mound

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    Don Wildman takes a closer look at a pre-historic structure hidden inside a mountain in Dowth, Ireland.

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  • Vikings Fan Favorites
    Vikings Fan Favorites

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    Vikings Fan Favorites - Fans look back at their favorite moments from Season 1 of Vikings.

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  • Harald Hadrada
    Harald Hadrada

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    Harald Hadrada was a viking warrior who ascended to the throne of Norway in 1047 and eventually died on the battlefield while trying to conquer england.

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  • Real Vikings
    Real Vikings

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    Scott seeks to separate truth from fiction in discussions with an expert concerning the many claims and stereotypes surrounding the Vikings.

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  • Alfred the Great
    Alfred the Great

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    Find out how Alfred the Great defeated Viking invaders and united the Saxon people.

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  • Thor and the Fall of Paganism
    Thor and the Fall of Paganism

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    According to Norse myth and legend, a new Viking world was born after Thor's ultimate battle with evil.

    Video Clip (2:57)
  • Leif Eriksson vs. Christopher Columbus
    Leif Eriksson vs. Christopher Columbus

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    Did a Viking explorer travel from Greenland to modern day Canada in the 11th century, beating Christopher Columbus by nearly 400 years?

    Video Clip (2:18)
  • Did the Polynesians Discover America?
    Did the Polynesians Discover America?

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    Did the Polynesians use their mastery of ocean navigation to discover America before Columbus.

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War of 1812 (8)

  • Americans and British Face Off in War of 1812
    Americans and British Face Off in War of 1812

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    Shortly after gaining its independence, the United States goes to war with England over its seizure of U.S. ships and sailors.

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  • Deconstructing History: American Flag
    Deconstructing History: American Flag

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    Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."

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  • James Madison and the War of 1812
    James Madison and the War of 1812

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    James Madison is considered to be the "Father of the Constitution," but it was the War of 1812 that ultimately defined his presidency.

    Video Clip (3:10)
  • Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait
    Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait

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    Hear the tale of how first lady Dolley Madison risked her life to save George Washington's portrait from a fiery fate as British troops approached the White House.

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  • Andrew Jackson Defends New Orleans in War of 1812
    Andrew Jackson Defends New Orleans in War of 1812

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    No-nonsense commander Andrew Jackson cleverly defended New Orleans against the threat of an overwhelming British force during the War of 1812.

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  • Accounts Receivable Book Seized During the War of 1812
    Accounts Receivable Book Seized During the War of 1812

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    During the War of 1812, the British army, under Admiral Cockburn, captured Washington, D.C. Just before setting fire to the Capitol Building, Admiral Cockburn chose the only item labeled as "President of the U. States," from the President's ceremonial office as a memento.

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  • James Madison Wages the War of 1812
    James Madison Wages the War of 1812

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    Explore the circumstances and events that would ultimately lead to James Madison's request for a declaration of war against the British.

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  • James Madison: Did You Know?
    James Madison: Did You Know?

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    At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.

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