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The American Revolution on the Frontier WAR and the MILITARY

The American Revolution on the Frontier

Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight — and on which side.

Ironclads Civil War Ironclads

In the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy raced to build armored, steam-powered warships that were the ancestors of today's navies. Meet the people behind and aboard the "ironclads" — and relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack.
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War of 1812The War of 1812

A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will take.


Working ChildrenWorking Children

In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican American migrant girl in 1960s California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today.
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the Global EconomyThe Global Economy

What we think of as the modern global economy is actually centuries old! Join Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships using international trade routes to make her way home from England to the American colonies. Along the way, discover the inner workings of the eighteenth-century mercantile system.

Women of the RevolutionWOMEN

Women of the Revolution

Bravery. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Women of the Revolution possessed all of these qualities. Explore the excitment, peril, and individual stories of Deborah Sampson, Mary Perth, Martha Washington, and other women, on both sides of the conflict, who proved their mettle in America's war for independence.


Colonial IdolColonial Idol

Vote for outstanding musical performances in Colonial Idol! This exciting talent showcase features 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people's work songs, and much more. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion, and even change history.
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Research Rescue SquadResearch Rescue Squad

Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes, and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! join the Squad as they try to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the internet, and museums.


When Freedom CameWhen Freedom Came

Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves...or did he? Freedom came to enslaved people over the course of many months and years — and it arrived in different ways in different places. Discover how enslaved Americans made everyday choices during the Civil War that helped bring about their freedom.

Harsh World Harsh World, This World

What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.
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The Bill of RightsGOVERNMENT

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights protects individual freedoms, but what if the government had too much power and there was no such thing as the Bill of Rights? Explore an alternate reality in which individual rights are limited and life is very different.

Balance of Power The Balance of Power

Presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices from the past two centuries compete in a baseball game unlike any you've ever seen. Discover how the rules laid out in the U.S. Constitution preserve the balance of power between the three branches of the U.S. government: the executive, legislative, and judicial.


Amazing Trade Shop Math RaceThe Amazing Trade Shop Science Race

Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry, and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople to reconstruct an eighteenth-century coffeehouse. Quirky "Professor Eddie" hosts this engaging science game show!

The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race

Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople help two teams of students in a race against the clock to help the Continental Army! Quirky "Professor Eddie" is back again, highlighting how students use their math skills to make shirts, bread, cartridge boxes, and more.

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This program was underwritten in part
by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.