America The Story of Us

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Trace the impact of innovation on American history with activities that use primary sources drawn from the HISTORY documentary series America The Story of Us. Students meet trailblazers whose inventions propelled our nation’s growth, examine how changing communication technologies shaped the national dialogue, join Thoreau in meditating on how machines have set the pace for the American lifestyle, and weigh the costs of transforming our environment to create an industrial society. Includes a timeline poster and family viewing guide with facts and historical puzzlers. Made possible by: History.