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  • Southern White Women Slave Owners
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    Southern White Women Slave Owners

    Stephanie Jones-Rogers detailed her research into Southern white women slaveholders who, she calculates, comprised 40 percent of slave owners in some regions. The previous estimate had been…

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  • Mayflower Compact and Religious Liberty
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    Mayflower Compact and Religious Liberty

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a discussion about the Mayflower Compact, the document signed by the Mayflower passengers shortly before their arrival in North America in 1620. Scholars talked…

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  • William Bradford and Plymouth Colony
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    William Bradford and Plymouth Colony

    Millersville University History Professor Francis Bremer discussed William Bradford, one of the first governors of Plymouth Colony in the 1620s. He focused on how perceptions of Bradford…

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    Mayflower

    Nathaniel Philbrick talked about his book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, published by Viking. He read from his book and talked about the history of Plymouth Colony, founded in…

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  • emPlymouth Colony The First Yearem
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    Plymouth Colony: The First Year

    This Coronet educational film dramatizes the Pilgrims' journey from England to Holland, and to New England in 1620, and ends with a depiction of the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts. Much of the…

    147 views
  • Wampanoag People
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    Wampanoag People

    Darius Coombs, Wampanoag and Eastern Woodlands director at Plimoth Patuxet, discussed the culture of the Wampanoag people who lived in the Plymouth area prior to the arrival of the…

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  • Pilgrim Story and Mayflower II Tour
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    Pilgrim Story and Mayflower II Tour

    Plimoth Patuxet deputy executive director Richard Pickering told the story of the Pilgrims' Atlantic crossing in 1620 from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts and the origins of the…

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  • Virtual Mayflower Project
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    Virtual Mayflower Project

    Director Robert Stone talked about the Virtual Mayflower Project which uses virtual reality to recreate the ship that travelled from Plymouth, England to America in 1620 and the harbor from…

    329 views
  • emThe Voyage of the Mayflower IIem
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    The Voyage of the Mayflower II

    This Castle Films newsreel documents the 1957 Atlantic crossing of the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

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  • emThe Beginning at Plymouth Colonyem
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    The Beginning at Plymouth Colony

    This Cold War classroom lecture film argues that the Pilgrims' early collectivist economic system failed, leading to a more successful capitalist system based on individual responsibility…

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  • emEarly Settlers of New England Salem 16261629em
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    Early Settlers of New England, Salem 1626-1629

    This 1940 classroom film depicts the basics of colonial life, from household cooking and crafts, to farming, fishing, game hunting, and home construction methods.

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  • emThe Pilgrimsem
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    The Pilgrims

    This classroom film dramatizes the Pilgrim’s flight from religious persecution in England to the Netherlands, then 12 years later their ocean voyage on the Mayflower, and the founding of…

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  • Congress Hall
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    Congress Hall

    Matthew Ifill talked about Congress Hall, located next to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The U.S. Congress met in the building from 1790 to 1800 and Presidents George Washington and John…

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  • Rethinking Americas Founding Narrative
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    Rethinking America's Founding Narrative

    Constitutional law Professor Kermit Roosevelt presented a talk titled: “The Constitution and Declaration of Independence: A Contrary View.” Professor Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of…

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  • Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention
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    Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention

    National Park Service Park Ranger Matthew Ifill tells the story of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention from the room inside Independence Hall where the events…

    271 views
  • Plymouth Rock
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    Plymouth Rock

    Plimoth Patuxet deputy executive director Richard Pickering told the story of the Pilgrims' landing in 1620 at Plymouth Rock and how it has been preserved.

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  • Patriot Movement Before the American Revolution
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    Patriot Movement Before the American Revolution

    Historian Amy Watson talked about British imperialism and the New England Patriot movement in the 1700s. She described the movement’s ideology, discussed why they were involved in the 1745…

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  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
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    Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Brigham Young University Professor Jay Buckley taught a class about Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the American West after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Also known as the Corps of…

    669 views
  • Pilgrims and Liberty
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    Pilgrims and Liberty

    Author John Turner talked about his book, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty. He discussed the colony’s views on religious and political…

    154 views
  • Jonathan Barth Discusses Andrew Jackson Presidency
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    Presidency of Andrew Jackson

    Arizona State University professor Jonathan Barth talked about the rise of Andrew Jackson and his presidency. He focused on Jackson’s clashes with Whig party members such as Henry Clay and Daniel…

    4,835 views
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