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Early American History

Native Americans Through the Forty-Niners
(DVD - 1995 )
Early American History


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This is a very unusual course in American History. It is taught by nationally recognized Linwood Thompson. He is both a teacher of history and of drama at his school. And that's why this course is special. Linwood Thompson's history program at Bellflower High School in the suburbs of Los Angeles has attracted international attention for its creativity and innovation. "History is a blast!" and "He makes history come alive!" are just some of the comments collected from his students. Every lesson in the course is "taught" by a particular character. Linwood Thompson has an arsenal of costumes, as well as a firm grasp on the personae of great historical figures. He dresses, talks, and acts like them. He actually becomes them! "Linwood Thompson" appears only briefly at the start of this course. He then "becomes" Bjarni Herjolfsson, Viking explorer and incomparable expert on who really discovered America. From that moment, students will know they are in for a fascinating trip as Bjarni gives way to Christopher Columbus, Revolutionary War foot soldiers, a French trapper, and a host of other characters who provide a first-person perspective on early American history. He's such an entertaining presenter that you learn without knowing it. Every lecture is delivered in costume and in character. Just sit back, relax, and learn. Linwood Thompson has been recognized as one of the "Hometown Heroes" of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times, and he has been honored for Outstanding Achievement in Education by the Senate of the State of California. This course comes with a workbook that is designed as a valuable supplement to the course and textbooks you are already using. This lecture series was originally created for a high school audience; however, it's a useful tool for anyone interested in early American history.
Title: Early American history
Native Americans through the Forty-Niners
[videorecording]
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. :, The Teaching Company,, 1995
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (900 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook + 1 study workbook
Statement of Responsibility: Linwood Thompson
Notes: Special features and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Pt. 1, Lessons 1-10. Pre Columbian America
Discovery and exploration of America
The Virginia colony
Pilgrims and Puritans
Other European colonies
Witches, Quakers, and Catholics
Life in colonial America
Swashbucklers, smugglers, and slavers
The great awakening and enlightenment
Wars with France
pt. 2, Lessons 11-20. Seeds of revolution and war
Men of the revolution
Declaration of Independence
Revolutionary War - On land and sea
The national government and the war's end
Stretching the western boundaries
The Constitution
Washington and the new government
French and American revolutions
Dividing the patriots - The two party system
pt. 3, Lessons 21-30. Era of Jefferson
War hawks, Indians, and the War of 1812
Industrial revolution
Cities and the transportation revolution
Era of Jackson
Texas
The trails west
Colonizing the west - The Mormons
Mexican territories and war
West to California
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Linwood C.
Teaching Company
ISBN: 1565859731
Branch Call Number: DVD 973 EARLY
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