A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs.
For each program you'll find an interactive feature related to the subject or the time period of the program. In addition, you'll find a listing of key events of the period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the video program, and a "Webography" - a set of annotated web links. You will most likely want to watch the video program before using its related web segments, but you can use either independently.
The interactive web features fall into four categories:
- Image as History: a way to "read" the visual content of an historical painting, drawing, photograph, or map
- You Decide: an opportunity for you to experience the multiple arguments of an historical debate and to register your ultimate opinion
- Interactive Map: a way to look at the geographical aspects of historical change
- Interactive Timeline: a way to look thematically at chronologies
Image as History, Interactive Map, and Interactive Timeline all require the Flash plug-in to work in their interactive formats. However their content is also available in non-interactive versions that do not require a plug-in. (See Help for further information).
The web site for A Biography of America was produced by WGBH Interactive for Annenberg Media. Content for the site was developed by members of the same team of scholars that worked on the video series.
A Biography of America Web Site Scholar Team
Louis P. Masur, City College of New York
Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico
Raymond W. Smock, Senior Historical Consultant and former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives