VHS, 30 min. each, 1987
A comprehensive, chronological overview of American culture and heritage from the first settlements in the Northeast to the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The American Adventure Series provides a better understanding of our present political system by demonstrating the settings, characters, and important events of America's past.
1. Consequences of Contact
What was the significance of trade and social contrast between Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans in the early years of our nation? This program tours present-day Mexico and New Mexico to explain the impact of encounters which were the result of exploration and colonization by Portugal and Spain.
2. A Puritan Way
The Puritan work ethic is still considered a basic element in the American character. Between 1620-1660, the new world witnessed an unprecedented mass migration of English Puritans.
3. The Colonial Experience
Early Americans were constantly facing new challenges. This program outlines the effects of the Indian Wars of the late 17th century on the natives and the white settlers, the relationship of the American colonies and England following changes in the crown's administrative policies, and the impact of English wars on the continent.
4. Struggle for Dominance
The Seven-Years-War on the European continent was played out in North America as the French and Indian War. This program focuses on the various colonial relationships during and after the French and Indian War and the reasons for American protests against British policies.
5. A Revolution for Independence
The ratification of the Articles of Confederation and key military events had a startling impact on the American colonies. This program explores the significance of the Revolution for women, slaves, Indians, loyalists, and the economy.
6. Creating a Stronger Union
Viewers are introduced to the assembly of delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the issues debated, and what compromises were agreed on in the final document.
7. The Failure of Diplomacy
Thomas Jefferson's attempts to redirect the nation's priorities in his "Revolution of 1800" are explored. This program also examines a series of foreign problems that had serious consequences for young America (1800-1812).
8. The Expanding Nation
The rapid growth of industry, commerce, and agriculture in the first half of the 19th century led to radical changes in areas stretching to the Mississippi and beyond. Regional identities began to form and the encroaching society of the white man forced the bitter removal of Indians to the Oklahoma Territory.
9. Manifest Destiny
The events of the Mexican-American War led to the addition of the territories of Oregon, Texas, California and much of the southwest to the United States. This program explores the nature of this conflict and its outcome.
10. The Fitful Fifties
Explores the social and political developments of the 1850's, including the 1856 assault on Senator Sumner of Massachusetts by a South Carolina member of Congress, Preston Brooks.
11. Crisis of Union
In the historic Dred Scott Decision of 1857, the Supreme Court declared that Congress had no power to exclude slavery from the U.S. territories. The country was thrown in an uproar, debating the events that would eventually lead to the Civil War.
12. Reconstructing the South
The hostilities of the Civil War presented difficult social, economic, and political adjustments during the period of Reconstruction. This program examines Andrew Johnson's efforts to reunite the divided nation, including the military reconstruction plans of Congress, the role of freedmen in the south, and the significance of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.
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