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 Summary  * updates *
Colonial America 
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The American Revolution
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The War of 1812  
Remember the Alamo 
The Civil War  

American Old West   
Turn of the Century
The Roaring 20s 
World War I   

The Great Depression  
World War II 
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Cold War  
Civil Rights   
September 11, 2001  
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War on Terror 
The Future    

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Summary of American History:

Great Seal of the United States


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170 Years of America’s Evolution In One Animated Gif | Smart News
(the evolving United States)

Expansion of the United States Map 1763 - Present  (YouTube.com)
(Like the title says.)

History Blogs by Karen Palumbo  (authorsden.com)
(Karen loves American history.  This link takes you this day in history, from the American Revolution to the Civil War. - S. K. Smith)

History of the United States  (en.wikipedia.org)

History of the United States  (YouTube.com)
American history. Growth of the United States of America. From 1776 to our time.")

History of the US in 10 minutes  (YouTube.com)
Highlights of major events in United States history")



A Chronology of US Historical Documents  (law.ou.edu)
From the College of Law, University of Oklahoma.)

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Tech changing History:

Eli Whitney and the History of the Cotton Gin   (http://www.streetshirts.co.uk)
("The cotton gin was an important starting point to the Industrial Revolution.")

Women in History:

Jaywalking - Women in History (mostly American)  (youtube.com)
From Jay Leno's Tonight Show:  "Quizzing today's women on "Women's History Month".)


American Minute:


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  Colonial America:

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor


American Revolution: Early Colonial Era  (historyplace.com)
("Early Colonial Era  Beginnings to 1700")

Shining Light..... (poem) by Karen Palumbo on AuthorsDen  (authorsden.com)
(Poetic summary of the beginnings of America.)


All About Christopher Columbus   (youtube.com)
("Everything you ever wanted to know about Christopher Columbus and his explorations in the New World.")

Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Medieval Church  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(Some of the geneses of the Columbus myths.   - S K. Smith)

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Colonial Dentistry
(The state or lack of dentistry during Colonial America as well as myths of George Washington's wooden teeth. - S. K. Smith)

Colonial Life in America  (YouTube.com)
("Drive Thru History ... reveals the heroic tales of faith underlying the true history of America.")

Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site  (history.org)
("Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution.")

History of Colonial America 1497 - 1763  (YouTube.com)
(Like the title says. - S. K. Smith)

ONE NATION UNDER GOD, Founding of America: Mayflower Compact   (christianblog.com)
("For millions, the earliest memories of early settlers will be the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock."  But there is more to the story.)

Pocahontas - Savages   (YouTube.com)
(Yes, this is Disney and more myth than fact - especially with the talking raccoon - but the song is quite catchy and speaks to respecting diversity on both sides.  - S K. Smith)

A Special Instrument Sent of God  Tisquantum—“Squanto” Winter, 1620 (undergodthebook.com)
("Governor William Bradford had called Squanto “a special instrument sent of God for [our] good beyond [our] expectation.”)

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The American Revolution:

George Washington rallying his troops at the Battle of Princeton


The American Revolution 1775 - 1783  (youtube.com)
(Title says it all.)

America the Story of Us: American Revolution  (YouTube.com)
("How the revolution shaped our nation, and the tough and thrilling beginning of the United States.

Independence Day Story (dayspring.com)
(Much said in 30 seconds of images..)

Timeline of the Revolutionary War  (ushistory.org)
(When did it all happen and why.)

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The Declaration of Independence:

10 Things You Might Not Know About America's Independence (foxnews.com)
Here are 10 things you might not know about our America's Independence Day")

The Declaration of Independence (ushistory.org)
("When in the Course of Human Events ...")

Jaywalking - 4th of July (Embarrassing!)  (youtube.com)
From Jay Leno's Tonight Show:  "What is the 4th of July exactly? Most of the people interviewed here couldn't answer such a basic question!")

Jefferson Writes Declaration of Independence (history.com)
In this Founding Fathers video, discover that from the moment Thomas Jefferson entered the second Continental Congress, he was part of the radical side, which John Adams loved; this seemed to be the fundamental source of their bonding.")

John Adams - Declaration of Independence  (youtube.com)
("Congress approves the Declaration of Independence, brilliant scene from John Adams mini-series.

They Defied A King   (youtube.com)
On July 4, 1776, 56 men pledged their lives, fortunes and honor for liberty.")

Mother England:

King George III  (youtube.com)
(It has been said - America is England's fault.)

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The Revolutionary War:

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Andy Griffith and Paul Revere's Ride
(In memory of Andy Griffith (1926 - 2012) - a history lesson)

Christmas 1776 - the gift of freedom  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(1776 was a watershed year in American history. - S K. Smith)

Christmas Day 1776 - "Victory or Death" (youtube.com)
(How it all started ... - S K. Smith)

Paul Revere's Ride  (youtube.com)
(The animation of The Flame reading the famous poem of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.)

School house Rock - Fireworks  (youtube.com)
(How it all started ... - S K. Smith)

The Shot Heard around the world  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(... the American Revolution began with "the shot heard around the world." - S K. Smith)

Washington Crosses the Delaware ... again!  (dailymail.co.uk)
("One of America's most famous images, a painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, got much of the story wrong...")


Yankee Doodle  (youtube.com)
(Always liked this version and the extra verses. - S K. Smith)


Women in the American Revolution  (youtube.com)
("This video presents research done for a paper in HST 201 class.")

A Word from Our Founders:

Benjamin Franklin on Liberty  (freerepublic.com)
("Americans remember Benjamin Franklin as one of our founding fathers. And well they should, as he was not just our most famous citizen at our country's birth, he was a central part of that birth.")

BulletproofThe French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer  July 9, 1755  (undergodthebook.com)
("The native warriors stared at him in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed their mark. The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man.")

Thomas Paine  (youtube.com)
("Pretty much the AWESOMEST guy in the revolution.")

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The War of 1812:

The Star Spangled Banner Flag


American History Timeline - War of 1812  (americanhistory.about.com)
(Like the title says.)

  The War of 1812 | View timeline  (xtimeline.com)
(Like the title says.)

The War:

The Battle of New Orleans (youtube.com)
(As sung by Johnny Horton.)

First Invasion: War of 1812  (YouTube.com)
(Our first September 11!)

Re-living History: The War of 1812  (library.thinkquest.org)
(A dynamic research tool.)

A Second War of Independence (youtube.com)
("Why did the United States declare war on Britain in 1812?")

Act of God?

Did tornado wreak havoc on War of 1812?  (roanoke.com)

A tornado that saved a city and defeated the enemy  (afweather.af.mil)

 The Star Spangled Banner:

A Marine stuns the crowd at a Tea Party with the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner.  (youtube.com)
("God Bless America and Semper Fi Marine!")

The Star Spangled Banner Story (youtube.com)
(Story of how Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics of our National Anthem during the War of 1912.)

The Players:

James Madison: Did You Know?  (history.com)
("At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.")

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Remember the Alamo:

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio

The Alamo   (thealamo.org)

(The historical site.)

Cleaning of Alamo Reveals Graffiti   (history.com)
("Historic etchings have been uncovered at the Alamo...")

Farewell - davy crockett   (youtube.com)
("the song from Davy Crockett king of the wild frontier, starring Fess Parker. song sung in the alamo before the big battle.")

Remember the Alamo!   (youtube.com)
(Sung by Johnny Cash.  "March, the 6th, 1836. The Alamo has fallen, it's all over. 189 fighting heroes have just given their lives for their country, their families and their property. They've resisted for thirteen days of glory against an army of 7,000. And have never surrendered. Victory or Death!  They died. As heroes.")


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The Civil War:


Battle of Chickamauga


American Civil War (youtube.com)
("An overview of the Civil War in America')

A Nation Divided  (historyplace.com)
("The History Place - U.S. Civil War 1861-1865")

Civil War  (civilwar.com)
("The first general order issued by the Father of his Country after the Declaration of Independence indicates the spirit in which our institutions were founded and should ever be defended.")

Original Civil War photographs  (mikelynaugh.com)
(from VirtualCivlWar.com)

When Johnny Comes Marching Home  (youtube.com)
("Noted Bandmaster Patrick Gilmore wrote the lyrics for this tune when his band was attached to the 24th Massachusetts Infantry.")


The Battle Cry of Freedom    (youtube.com)
nother song by George Root of  the Civil War.")

Tenting Tonight Civil War Music Video    (youtube.com)
In the shadow of the Cemetery Hill Gatehouse at Gettysburg a Union soldier reflects in song on the events of July 1, 1863 in the Civil War standard written that same year by Walter Kittredge, Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground.")

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys Are Marching    (youtube.com)
("A song by George Root, detailing the life of a Union prisoner in the Civil War.


Gettysburg - Brother, My Brother  (YouTube.com)
("A music video. Gettysburg (mostly Pickett's Charge) set to "Brother, My Brother" from the musical "The Civil War.")

 I am a Rebel Soldier  (YouTube.com)
("This Confederate song is one of the more mournful tunes of the War.")

 I Wish I Were in Dixie Land (youtube.com)
(As told from the perspective of the South.)


Battle of Gettysburg (history.com)
("The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered the most important engagement of the American Civil War.")

Gettysburg Address  (YouTube.com)
(Though a cartoon, it conveys the spirit of the times.)

The Gettysburg Address As Read By Johnny Cash  (YouTube.com)
("President Lincoln's message to America rings down through the ages...")


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American Old West:

Cowboy 1872


General Custer:

General George Custer 7th US Cavalry ~ Song "Comanche"   (YouTube.com)
(from the song:  Comanche (The Brave Horse) - Johnny Horton (1960))

Johnny Cash - Custer   (YouTube.com)
(from "Bitter Tears.")

Little Big Man - "You Go Down There"  (YouTube.com)
(from The Little Big Man (1970).)

Little Big Horn:

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)   (nps.gov)
("This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.")


Fort Phil Kearny / Bozeman Trail  (philkearny.vcn.com)
("Fort Phil Kearny, named for a popular Union General, was established by Colonel Henry B. Carrington of the 18th U.S. Infantry in July, 1866.")


Complete List of Old West Lawmen   (legendsofamerica.com)

Gun Fight At The OK Coral   (YouTube.com)
(Scene from Tombstone (1993))


Doc Holliday:

Doc Holliday (youtube.com)
("Doc Holliday Movie Trailer" from
Tombstone (1993)))

Wyatt Earp is my friend  (youtube.com)
( scene from
Tombstone (1993)))

My favorite scenes from Tombstone of Doc Holliday  (youtube.com)
("He was the most skillful gambler, and the nerviest, fastest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever saw."  -Wyatt Earp speaking about Doc Holliday)

The Ballad Of Davy Crockett   (youtube.com)
("David Crockett (August 17, 1786 - March 6, 1836) was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; referred to in popular culture as Davy Crockett and often by the epithet King of the Wild Frontier.")


Ballad Jesse James  (YouTube.com)
("Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank and train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death.")

MARTY ROBBINS billy the kid   (YouTube.com)
(Henry McCarty (reportedly November 23, 1859– July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid, but also known by the aliases Henry Antrim and William H. Bonney, was a 19th century American frontier outlaw and gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War. According to legend, he killed 21 men, but he is generally accepted to have killed four.)

Notorious Outlaws of the American West   (legendsofamerica.com)

   Native American Indians:

 A pilgrimage to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel  (BeatenPaths.net)
((published in BeatenPaths.net, September 9, 2008))

The Wild West - Indians in Art   (youtube.com)
("Native American Indians stretched across this great land from sea to sea before European interlopers came along and began to push them ever westward. Artists have been fascinated by the "red men," or "noble savages," or "heathen Injuns," depending on one's religious and racial biases.")

   Wagon Trains:

The Wild West - Wagon Train (youtube.com)
("There wouldn't have been a wild west (nor a tamed one) without the intrepid pioneers who sold their lands in the East and joined a wagon train trek to the West.")

   Westward expansion:

Lewis and Clark:

Lewis and Clark   (nationalgeographic.com)
("When Thomas Jefferson dispatched Lewis and Clark to find a water route across North America and explore the uncharted West, he expected they'd encounter woolly mammoths, erupting volcanoes, and a mountain of pure salt. What they found was no less surprising.")

Discovering Lewis & Clark   (lewis-clark.org)
(Interactive site all about the expedition, life, times, etc.)

Lewis and Clark Explore the Louisiana Purchase - America's Manifest Destiny   (YouTube.com)
("America's Manifest Destiny started with our acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase which basically doubled the size of the United States with a single stroke of a pen.")

School house Rock - Elbow Room   (youtube.com)
(Catchy song of our western expansion.)

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Turn of the Century:

"Dawn of the Century" March & Two-Step, sheet music cover


Early Last Century  (youtube.com)
("Photos from the start of the 20th Century")

What Happened on 23Street, New York City (1901)  (youtube.com)
(Title says it all.)


Arrival Of Immigrants - Ellis Island 1906   (youtube.com)
("Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official.")

 Statue Of Liberty 1898   (youtube.com)
("A three-quarter front view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was erected twelve years earlier, in 1886.")


Expedition Titanic - Return to the Deep  (expeditiontitanic.com)
(Fascinating site of virtually raising the Titanic especially as the 100th anniversity of her sinking approaches in April 2012.)

R.M.S Titanic - For Those in Peril on the Sea  (youtube.com)
("dedicated to the 1500 victims of titanic disaster")

Titanic - 1912 Original Video Footage   (youtube.com)
("Original Footage of titanic of 1912 before its departure to its final journey .")

Titanic Voyage - 98 years ago  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
("The Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage, April 10, 1912. It hit an iceberg close to midnight on April 14. It sank over two hours later in the early morning of April 15.")


World War One:

A ration party of the Royal Irish Rifles in a communication trench during the Battle of the Somme


History of World War One 1914-1918   (youtube.com)
(Title says it all.)

World War One : 1914-1918 Map   (youtube.com)
("History of World War One 1914-1918")

World War One Summary   (youtube.com)

See World History - World War I also.

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Veteran's Day - World War One Soldiers Remembered   (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(Memories and tribute to my grandfather who fought in World War one.)

Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies (CNN.com)
(February 2010:  "Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.")


In Flanders Fields - Lest We Forget (youtube.com)
("A tribute of music and images set to the words of the poem - In Flanders Fields.".)

Over There: Remembering WWI  (youtube.com)
("Vintage Antique Classics" presents "Over There" patriotic music by George M. Cohen, sung by early 20th century Pop sensation Bill Murray.)

  Sergeant York:

A Reluctant Hero (youtube.com)
(Sgt. Alvin C. York, credited with killing 25 (later attributed with 28) Germans, capturing 132 prisoners, including 4 officers and putting 35 machine gun nests out of commission on 8 October 1918. He arrived on the Ohioan, 22 May 1919, after having been recommended for the DSC and the Congressional Medal. He is said to have entered the Army as a 'Conscientious Objector'.)

Sgt. York  (youtube.com)
("Greatest Soldier from WWI is commemorated on 90th anniversary.")

Sergeant York "Over the Top" Battle Scene (youtube.com)
("Hollywood Version of the 1918 Battle that earned Alvin C. York the Congressional Medal of Honor.")

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The Roaring 20s:


Louise Brooks

Around The World In Four Minutes 1920s   (youtube.com)
("A tour around the world of important sites in the 1920s.")

Photos from the 20s   (slideshare.net)
 ("A Look Into the Past.")

The "Roaring" 1920s   (youtube.com)
("The purpose of this video is to show the main events and fashions of the 1920s.")

To Live In The 1920's   (youtube.com)
(Title says it all.)

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The Great Depression:

  Migrant Mother


The Great Depression  (youtube.com)
("The unemployed, the soup kitchens, the grinding poverty, and the despair-the worldwide consequences of the Great Depression.")

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  The Dust Bowl:

The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression (youtube.com)
("US History Final that shows what The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl was like. Song is "Shelter" by Sarah McLachlan.")


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (youtube.com)
(Sung by Bing Crosby, lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931))

Ben Selvin Happy Days Are Here Again 1930 (youtube.com)
("The great depression hit the US (and soon most of the rest of the world) with sickening speed in 1929. Lives were turned upside down as unemployment soared to 35% and the good times and prosperity of the 1920s were lost to generations.")

Gold Diggers of 1933 - "We're in the Money"  (youtube.com)
("The famous opening song from the film Gold Diggers of 1933, performed by Ginger Rogers." )


The Great Depression 1929 - 1945  (smithsk.com)
("My mother-in-law wrote down her memories of the Great Depression.  I thought they were worth posting, especially in light of the current economic troubles.  S. K. Smith, January 3, 2009")

The Great Depression 1929 - 1945 - Part 2  (smithsk.com)
("My mother-in-law wrote down more memories of the Great Depression.  She will turn 91 in March 2009, God bless her.  I felt it was important to post her recollections before the “Greatest Generation” passes away. – S. K. Smith, February 4, 2009")


Dorothea Lang's Famed Photo of a California Migrant Mother   (youtube.com)
("Photographer Dorothea Lang took a picture of a California Okie migrant mother during the Great Depression.")

Scenes from the Great Depression   (youtube.com)
("From the Dorothea Lange Collection - photos of migrants in California during the Great Depression (1935-1945).")


John Steinbeck & The Grapes of Wrath (youtube.com)
("John Steinbeck and his great American novel, The Grapes of Wrath, about the westward migration of people during the dust bowl in the Depression of the 1930's. From California: A Tribute.")

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World War Two:

Normandy Invasion, June 1944


World War Two-in 3 minutes  (YouTube.com)
("This is a short summary of events that occurred during World War Two.")

World War Two in HD  (history.com)
(Many previously unseen footage - 12 personal stories.)

World War 2 in Pictures  (YouTube.com)
("A summary of World War 2 in pictures")

WWII timeline map  (YouTube.com)
("shows the Allies & Axis territories during the war.")

See World History - World War II also.

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Pearl Harbor Day, 1941 - World War Two Soldiers Remembered  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(Stories of my father-in-law, who fought in World War Two.)

World War Two - before, during, and after  (smithsk.com)
("My mother-in-law Dorothy Smith wrote down memories about World War II.  My father-in-law had been in college ROTC and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the army.  He was scheduled to be discharged January 1942, but December 7, 1941 changed all that.  Again, I felt it was important to post her recollections before the “Greatest Generation” passes away. – S. K. Smith, March 24, 2009")

Europe and North Africa:

World War Two : Europe and North Africa 1939 - 1945 Map (YouTube.com)
("World War Two : Europe and North Africa 1939 - 1945 Map.")

The Audie Murphy Story  (oldbluejacket.com)
("An American Hero.")

D-Day and following:

D-Day (history.com)

D-Day June 6, 1944 (army.mil)

D-Day 6/6/44 (YouTube.com)
("The invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944.")

A Pure Miracle  (journalism.indiana.edu)
(The day after D-Day, Ernie Pyle marvels at and celebrates the Allied successes.)


America's Story (part 4) - Christmas 1944, when we said NUTS to the enemy (smithsk.blogspot.com)
("Early December 1944, we had thought the war, at least in Europe, would be over in a few weeks and we'd be home for Christmas.  But Adolf Hitler had other plans and fought back with everything he got. ...")

General Patton's Prayer and Christmas Greeting:

The True Story of The Patton Prayer (pattonhq.com)

A Prayer for Good Weather (movieclips.com)

Christmas 1944: When U.S. Troops Said ‘Nuts!’ to the Enemy  (cnsnews.com)


The Holocaust:

World War II: Liberation of Concentration Camps (YouTube.com)
("U.S. soldiers, having defeated the German military, come face-to-face with the horrors of Nazi concentration camps..")

The Auschwitz Album  (www1.yadvashem.org)
("The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau.")

Band of Brothers - Why We fight   (YouTube video)
(The 2001 mini-series, produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks,  "Band of Brothers" was based on the Stephen Ambrose book, which gets its title from Shakespeare's Henry V.  This video clip shows Easy Company's first encounter with  a Concentration Camp inside Germany.  The images speak volumes.  - S. K. Smith)


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The Pacific:

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
("The Raid was a total secret to all involved and the members of the raid were chosen by volunteering for a "dangerous secret mission".")

Iwo Jima (picasaweb.google.com)
(The Battle of Iwo Jima happened from February 19 – March 26, 1945, of which we get the iconic picture of the marines raising the flag.)

Old "666"  (youtube.com)
("W.W.2 USAF pilot Jay Zeamer & his"renegade" aircrew rescued this old Boeing B-17E("666"-an abbreviation of the tail number,it also had a reputation for getting "Shot to Hell", on every mission) from the scrapheap.They "hotrodded"it with extra,larger calibre cannons...an amazing story.")

World War Two : Asia and the Pacific 1941 - 1945 Map  (YouTube.com)
("World War Two : Asia and the Pacific 1941 - 1945 Map")

The Bomb:

The Trinity Site: Where the first atomic bomb was exploded  (TravelThruHistory.com)
(published in   TravelThruHistory.com. November 18, 2009:  "In 1939, Albert Einstein sent a letter (written largely by Leó Szilárd) to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The pressing concern was that Nazi Germany might be conducting research to create atomic bombs, and the letter suggested that the United States should begin researching the possibility itself.")

Atomic Bomb and Hiroshima  (youtube.com)
(Hard to find words for this, except it did end the war.)

The End of the War:

Japanese Sign Final Surrender  (youtube.com)
("End of World War Two")

End of World War II  (youtube.com)
("On the deck of the battleship USS Missouri, Gen. Douglas MacArthur invites representatives of Japan to sign the terms of surrender, thus formally ending World War II.")

A kiss immortalized in August 14, 1945  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(August 14, 1945 in New York City was a magical moment - a confluence of history, a place, and everyday people."  
- S. K. Smith)

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 Korean War Montage


The Korean War And Its Origins, 1945-1953 (trumanlibrary.org)
(Resources from the Truman library.)

The Korean War - 1945-1953 (globalsecurity.org)
("In the predawn hours of Sunday, June 25, 1950, the North Korean forces, spearheaded by tanks and self-propelled guns, unleashed all-out attacks across the 38th parallel. ")

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Photo Op-inion: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War  (FoxNews.com)
("Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, these images say it with pictures instead of words: Here's your take on honoring the 60th anniversary of the Korean War." )

Nation Marks Korean War’s 60th Anniversary  (defense.gov)
("June 23, 2010 – Sixty years ago this week, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea, launching a three-year conflict that culminated in an armistice in 1953, but never officially ended.")



Sixty Years of War in Korea: "This Kind of War" (townhall.com)
("North Korea's sneak attack at sea this past March, which sank the South Korean corvette Cheonan, provided a murderous reminder that the Korean War is not over." )


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 Helicopter climbs skyward after discharging a load of infantrymen on a search and destroy mission



The Vietnam War (vietnampix.com)
("From the Delta to the DMZ.  From Politics to Hippies....")

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page  (thewall-usa.com)
("The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War.")


Scenes from Forrest Gump in Vietnam  (youtube.com)
("Edited 'Vietnam' scenes from Forrest Gump.  ... The music is from 'The Island' Called "My Name is Lincoln" by Steve Jablonsky.")


Music of the Vietnam War   (youtube.com)
(sounds, music, visuals of the time)


 Quang Nguyen: Thank you Viet Nam Veterans and all Veterans (activerain.com)
("35 years ago if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking in English to a large group of patriots, I’d laugh at you. Every morning I wake up thanking God for putting family and me in the greatest country on earth.")



The Ballad of the Green Beret - Special Forces tribute  (youtube.com)
("Song: Ballad of the Green Beret, by S/sgt. Barry Sadler. Movie: The Green Berets, starring John Wayne, 1968.")

The Letter (Vietnam song) (youtube.com)
("This song is about a men that miss their familys/wifes etc and want to see them again")

7 O'Clock News/Silent Night Short Film  (youtube.com)
("United States of America-  3 August 1966 - the 7 O'clock News...)

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The Cold War:

Pullout of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. 1988.

1950s - 1980s

Why the Berlin Wall Fell    (online.wsj.com)
{"From Truman to Reagan, the benefits of moral clarity}


Reagan - A Time For Choosing  (YouTube.com)
      {"rendezvous with destiny ..." made in 1964 during the nomination of Barry Goldwater.}

The Carter Years: 1970s

444 Days - US Embassy under seige Iran 1979  (YouTube.com)
("U.S. Embassy Hostage Crisis Iran 1979.")

Archie Bunker's view of the energy crisis (YouTube.com)
(Much truth behind the humor - S. K. Smith )

Jimmy Carter Mandatory Conservation  (YouTube.com)
("Jimmy Carter's crisis of confidence speech telling us to turn down our thermostat, park our cars, ride the bus, obey the speed limit and that will restore our confidence and conquer our crisis of the spirit.")

President Jimmy Carter - "Crisis of Confidence" Speech  (YouTube.com)
(Later, became known as his malaise speech - though
Carter never used this word.) 


1970s - 1980s

Nine Days That Changed The World    (youtube.com)
("Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century.")

The Reagan Years:  1980s

Lady Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice Honor Ronald Reagan at London Independence Day Tribute  (thegatewaypundit.com)
("Condoleezza Rice and Margaret Thatcher honored Ronald Reagan today at the unveiling of the Reagan Statue in London. The statue was unveiled today on Independence Day.")

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
     (20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - November 9, 2009)
Reagan at Brandenburg Gate  (YouTube video)
("Reagan at Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany. June 12, 1987.")

       The Fall of the Berlin Wall  ( FoxNews.com)
                    ("On Nov. 9, 1989, the communist East German government announced that 
                     all citizens would be permitted to visit West Berlin and West Germany, officially 
                     ending half a century of militarily enforced division."  Most is a slideshow with 
                       the text of Reagan's speech.
  - S. K. Smith)

Oct. 12, 1986, In Reykjavik, Iceland: The Day That The World Changed  (investors.com)
("On the evening of Oct. 12, 1986, the Reykjavik Summit appeared to have ended in failure for President Reagan."  But it wasn't.  Now for the rest of the story.)

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Civil Rights Movement:

Martin Luther King Jr. By Alexander Austin


The Story of Amazing Grace  (YouTube.com)
("The video tells the story of John Newton who wrote the famous hymn 'Amazing Grace'"  It had inspired many during civil rights struggles.. - S. K. Smith.)

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MLK, Malcolm X, and Epiphany  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
("So befitting, Martin Luther King Day falls within the season of Epiphany.")

Tired of Giving In - Rosa Parks - 1955-1956  (undergodthebook.com)
("I thought of the pain and the years of oppression and mistreatment that my people had suffered…. Fear was the last thing I thought of that day. I put my trust in the Lord for guidance and help to endure whatever I had to face.")

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September 11, 2001:

  Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center Fire




One Tuesday in September...  (smithsk.blogspot.com)
("My recollection of September 11,2001" - S. K. Smith.)

September 11, 2001 - A Survivor's Faith (smithsk.blogspot.com)
("Dawn Robinson's story demonstrates how the urgency of immediate deadlines can quickly become irrelevant when suddenly faced with eternity." - S. K. Smith.)

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American reaction:

George W. Bush:

9/11 Bullhorn Speech    (youtube.com)
("George W. Bush: Bullhorn Speech to Emergency Rescue Workers at 9/11 Ground Zero, New York, delivered 14 September 2001.")

* NEW *
George W. Bush The Night of 9-11-01


BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience (youtubecom)
("Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.")

Into the Valley of Death... The courageous final run of Ladder 118  (nydailynews.com)
("Ladder 118 - six men of courage - captured as they head at speed across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the inferno with the blazing towers of the World Trade Center loomed clearly across the river.")

Rudy Giuliani:

9/11: Rudy Giuliani Interview with Peter Jennings (ABC)    (youtube.com)
("1pm 9/11/01 Eastern Time interview of Rudy Giuliani."  Personally, I am skeptical of the conspiracy theory suggested in the comments, but the interview itself was good.  S. K. Smith)

Rudy Giuliani TV Ad, "Freedom"   (youtube.com)
(Though a campaign ad, it's still a good message.)

Time's 2001 Person of the Year   (time.com)
("Sixteen hours had passed since the Twin Towers crumbled and fell, and people kept telling Rudy Giuliani to get some rest. The indomitable mayor of New York City had spent the day and night holding his town together. He arrived at the World Trade Center just after the second plane hit, watched human beings drop from the sky and--when the south tower imploded--nearly got trapped inside his makeshift command center near the site....")


Survivor Stories:

911 survivor   (youtube.com)
("Dawn Robinson 911 survivor. She shares her story of how she got out of one of the towers.")
                  Part One      Part Two

Inside the Twin Towers (dsc.discovery.com)
("The image of featureless steel structures catastrophically crumbling into a fatal dust storm was indelibly imprinted on the minds of millions of people around the world. Yet the enormous plumes of smoke, the soaring balls of fire and the sheer scale of the buildings masked the human face of the tragedy.")

In My Seat - A Pilot's Story from Sept 10th - 11th  (youtube.com)
(The pilot that was bumped from Flight 11 tells his story.  S. K. Smith)


9/11 Memorial     (youtube.com)
("This video does ahve the World Trade Center being hit by the planes and also it falling. It also has pictues of victims forced to jump from the building.")

9/11 Museum to Offer Raw Experience   (FoxNews.com)
("A traditional museum design is an icon which contains exhibits,But this museum, the icon is the exhibit.")

Budweiser 9/11 Commercial   (youtube.com)
("Very classy Budweiser commercial honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attach on New York.")

Dancing on Top of the World Trade Center   (smithsk.blogspot.com)
(The final seconds of the scene from Godspell - All for the Best - they are dancing on top of the World Trade Center.)


The Rest of the Story - America's Heart   (youtube.com)
(Paul Harvey's tribute to a Russian immigrant.  An art professor and well known entertainer commissioned the America's Heart for the first anniversary of 9-11.  Who was this?  Hear the rest of the story ... S. K. Smith.)



September 11 Digital Archive    (911digitalarchive.org)
("The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath.")

Patriot Day:

Honoring Sacrifice (Dayspring.com)

Never Forget  (Dayspring.com)

Patriot Day   (Dayspring.com)

World reaction:

World reaction to 9/11  (youtube.com)
("Reaction from different parts of the world.")

9/11 A British Tribute  (youtube.com)
("In memory of all those and their families who lost loved ones on September 11th 2001.")

9/11 American National Anthem Buckingham Palace  (youtube.com)
("American National Anthem played at Buckingham Palace after 9/11.")

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War on Terror:

 Montage of the War on Terror


bin Laden - 

The man who hunted Osama bin Laden  (news.yahoo.com)
("After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold.  Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph was a career CIA analyst.")

Speech On Osama Bin Laden's Death  (YouTube.com)
("Footage of his speech on May 1st 2011 In The White House

Patton Speech  (youtubecom)
(Parody on the George S. Patton speech concerning the War on Terror.  - S. K. Smith)

Photo Op-inion: Message to the Troops (foxnews.comt)
("Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, these images say it with pictures instead of words: Combat troops are now officially out of Iraq. A new operation in Iraq for the United States military named "New Dawn" begins on September 1. Here's the message YOU would like to send to the troops who served us for 8 years in Iraq.")

President George W Bush Greeting Troops at DFW (youtube.com)
 (August 14, 2010" former President George W Bush and Laura Bush and a group from Slant 45 were on hand at DFW Airport in Dallas Texas greeting Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for their 14 day R&R. This was a big surprise to all and a big boast for our Troops.")

War On Terror  (youtubecom)
("God Bless America.")

War On Terror Tribute  (youtubecom)
("Every allied soldier that falls should be honored by all freedom loving peoples.")

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The Future:

The Spirit of Tomorrow


The Fourth American Revolution  (theburningplatform.com)
("Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.")


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