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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


2:08 PM - 2:14 PM November 24, 2014

Strong Defense at Cold Harbor Gives Lee His Last Major Victory


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 20, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


8:31 PM - 8:38 PM November 17, 2014

Over 150 Years Later, Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 13, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


8:59 PM - 9:05 PM November 07, 2014

Battle of Gettysburg Ends South's Hopes for Independence


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 06, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


4:47 PM - 4:53 PM November 05, 2014

Lincoln Says He Will Free Most Slaves in the South


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 30, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


5:45 PM - 5:50 PM October 30, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 23, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


4:58 PM - 5:04 PM October 22, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 16, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


1:36 PM - 1:44 PM October 15, 2014

McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 09, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


2:42 PM - 2:48 PM October 08, 2014

Grant Leads Union Troops to Victory at Shiloh, but With a Cost


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 02, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


8:46 PM - 8:52 PM September 30, 2014


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 25, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


11:26 PM - 11:31 PM September 24, 2014

Lincoln Struggles to Keep Kentucky, Missouri in the Union


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 18, 2014

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.

    Audio Strong Defense at Cold Harbor Gives Lee His Last Major Victory

    After Northern forces defeated Southern troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses Grant decided to hit the Confederates with the full force of the Union armies. The fight did not go as he expected. But General Grant was resolved to defeat the Confederates.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. | The Making of a Nation

    Audio Battle of Gettysburg Ends the South’s Hopes

    In the summer of 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops into northern territory. He faced the army of Union General George Meade in central Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettsyburg was one of the most important fights in the war. Historians believe the battle ended the South's hopes.

    Audio  Lincoln Says He Will Free Most Slaves in the South

    By the summer of 1862, President Lincoln was losing support for the nation’s bloody civil war. People in the north were tired of fighting to save the Union. In time, however, Lincoln recognized another reason to fight: to free slaves in the South. This changed the very nature of the Civil War.

    Audio South Defeats North Again at Manassas

    Lincoln named George Pope to lead the Army of Virginia. He wanted to join Pope’s forces with the Army of the Potomac and break through Confederate defenses around Richmond. But General Robert E. Lee decided to hit Pope first. Lee then decided to carry the war to the North.

    Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

    The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation

    Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

    The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. The Civil War was becoming more costly.

Learn with The News

  • New members of the Afghan National Army attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2014.

    Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

    Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government. More

  • Video Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday

    Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The month of November comes in autumn, the main season for harvesting crops. Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival like those found in many cultures. It is viewed as the most traditional of all American holidays. More

  • A flock of 30-pound tom turkeys mill around in the barn at  Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass.,Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. The 60-acre farm expects to sell about 9,000 turkeys this holiday season.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Audio Turkey: A Case of Mistaken Identity

    Many think the bird comes from the nation of Turkey. But turkey is not from Turkey. In fact, the fact that the turkey bird is called by that name is one big mistake. Find out in today's Words and Their Stories. More

  • Audio Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty

    A Christian aid group calls for governments and employees to end discrimination against women and girls. Bread for the World says increasing educational levels, giving women more economic power and helping with child care will help them earn more. This will, in turn, help men and their families. More

  • People hide from gunfire near church during firefight between African peacekeepers, fighters from the Christian "anti-balaka" militia, Bangui, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Audio Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation

    Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting in the Central African Republic, and many have been forced from their homes. Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an armed group is one of the only ways to find protection. More

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  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Audio Strong Defense at Cold Harbor Gives Lee His Last Major Victory

    After Northern forces defeated Southern troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses Grant decided to hit the Confederates with the full force of the Union armies. The fight did not go as he expected. But General Grant was resolved to defeat the Confederates. More

  • Alzheimer brain

    Audio East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

    But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted in Asian religions. More

  • Mr. Van Rijsselberghe worked on the project with scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam.

    Video Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

    Due to rising sea level, farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in a mixture of fresh and salt water. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters. More

  • Jonathan Evans Performs with Bonerama

    Video With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade

    The New Orleans-based group brings together funk, rock, blues and jazz, creating a gumbo for the ears. Bonerama has horns like many bands. But, unlike most groups, the trombone players lead this band. Reporter Jonathan Evans performed with the band and wrote about it for American Mosaic. More

  • A line from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is displayed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. | The Making of a Nation More

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