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A Biography of America is an impressive undertaking by public television station WGBH and it is designed for high school, college, and adult learners. The site presents America's history as a "living narrative" and by utilizing first-person narratives, photos, film footage, documents, debates and lectures, the video series encourages critical thinking and offers American history as something best understood from multiple perspectives. Visitors will find that the website for Biography of America allows for free streaming of the series, and offers transcripts, exercises, and interactive maps for the 26 half hour lessons. Lesson 15, "The New City", compares the traditional messy growth of cities, such as New York City, with that of the planned, orderly growth of the newer city of Chicago in the late 1800s. The question that is asked to foster critical thinking "What vision of the future city did the fair present," refers to the World's Columbian Exposition. Lesson 26, "The Redemptive Imagination", emphasizes the role of storytelling in the formation of history, and features insights by several contemporary novelists.
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Date Issued 2000
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Date of Scout Publication 2010-05-28
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