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Investigating History: The Lost Battle of the Civil War, Monday, November 15 at 10 PM/9c Battlefield Detectives: Native American Wars, Apache, Friday, November 19th at 9 PM/8c Siberia: How the East Was Won, Sunday, November 21st at 8 PM/7c ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Investigating History: The Lost Battle of the Civil War Monday, November 15 at 10 PM/9c On the morning of October 25th, 1864, the sky was clear and the air brisk. It was perfect weather for soldiers, as they charge into what is about to be one of the greatest Civil War cavalry battles on the border of Kansas and Missouri. At the Battle of Mine Creek, 2,800 Union Cavalry soldiers overtake and defeat a confederate cavalry of 7,000 men in less than an hour. What makes the Battle at Mine Creek so unique in comparison is that so few people know anything about it. This episode of Investigating History examines the tactics which made this battle successful, and the circumstances which have until recently obscured its importance to Civil War history. Interviews with local and national Civil War historians are joined with letters, diaries, and historical accounts in this program as the history of this highly important yet little known battle is reconstructed. By unearthing new sources and artifacts, the Battle at Mine Creek is now acknowledged as a crucial Civil War event. This program will encourage students to think critically about how history is recorded, how events are forgotten, and how new information changes the interpretation of the past. It is an excellent companion to course units on the Civil War, and provides an opportunity for students to work with primary sources related to this fascinating battle. Curriculum Links: Investigating History: The Lost Battle of the Civil War would be useful for history, social studies and civics courses, and for course units on the Civil War. It is appropriate for middle and high school students. This program fulfills several National Standards guidelines as outlined by the National Council for History Education including: Values, Beliefs, Political Ideas and Institutions and Conflict and Cooperation. Discussion Questions: 1. Before watching this program, what did you think were the three most important battles of the Civil War? Do you think the Battle of Mine Creek should be considered a pivotal Civil War battle? 2. Why do you think this battle was forgotten for so long? What methods have historians used for finding out new facts about the battle? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Battlefield Detectives Native American Wars: Apache Friday, November 19th at 9 PM/8c The struggle to control the West unraveled over hundreds of years as battlefield techniques and technologies were developed to seize and defend territory. For over 300 years, the Apaches were remarkably successful military strategists, overcoming opponents who were wealthier, better armed and apparently more organized than they were, gaining an unrivalled reputation as fighters. In this episode in the Battlefield Detectives series, historians and battlefield experts explore two crucial battles in order to uncover methods they so adeptly used. This one hour program details the Apache strategy at the Battles of Cieneguilla in 1854 and the Battle of Hembrillo in 1880, both of which took place in New Mexico. Historians and geologists examine the ways the Apache used their intimate knowledge of the landscape to defeat outsiders and protect their land. Though they were eventually overpowered by the US Army, this program discloses the history of the Apache and the cultural dynamics of interactions between Native Americans and U.S. settlers and military leaders. Students will be fascinated to learn about the Apache techniques, and will have the opportunity to compare and contrast their methods with those of the U.S. strategists as well. Curriculum Links: Native American Wars: Apache would be useful for history, social studies, and American culture courses. It is appropriate for middle and high school students. This documentary fulfills several National Standards guidelines as outlined by the National Council for History Education including: Conflict and Cooperation, Human Interaction with the Environment and Comparative History of Major Developments. Discussion Questions: 1. What were three of the Apache’s battlefield tactics which contributed to their control of Western lands? 2. Why do you think the Apache were eventually defeated? What changes led to the demise of their military power? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Siberia: How the East Was Won Sunday, November 21st at 8 PM/7c While America was conquering the West, the Russians were conquering a wild inhospitable territory to the East-- Siberia. Though the story of the West is part of the lore and imagination of the United States, the history of Siberia is a mystery to many. This compelling program traces the history of this region from the 15th century through the contemporary period. Following through the major transformations of the early centuries, the program then focuses on the enormous developments of the 19th and 20th centuries including industrialization, Communism, and the transition to democracy. Siberia: How the East Was Won introduces viewers to this vast unknown land of majestic beauty and abundant natural resources. By examining Siberia in relationship to the West, this two hour special presentation shows how in this context it was war and dictatorship, not the frontier spirit, which shaped its history. Students will learn about the rise of Communism, the role of Russia in World War II, and the Cold War. This engaging and picturesque program will appeal to students as it considers both the historical and cultural life of a region which, though far away in distance, has been powerfully linked to the U.S. and the West for hundreds of years. Curriculum Links: Siberia: How the East Was Won would be useful for history, social studies and civics courses. Due to its sensitive content, we recommend this program for high school students. This program fulfills several National Standards guidelines as outlined by the National Council for History Education including: Values, Beliefs, Political Ideas and Institutions, Conflict and Cooperation and Comparative History of Major Developments. Discussion Questions: 1. What surprised you the most about the history of the “East” in comparison with the “West”? 2. Why do you think Communism eventually failed in the U.S.S.R? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE HISTORY CHANNEL CLUB – Now teachers can join at a discounted price!! Try The History Channel Club FREE for 30 Days! If you like it, you can join at a discounted annual price of only $19.95 and save 17% off the current membership price. Join and you’ll receive: THE HISTORY CHANNEL CLUB MAGAZINE One of the most in-depth, information rich magazines on the market, it’s great to share with students and available to members of The Club six times per year. 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