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January 06, 2005
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Modern Marvels: Power Plants, Tuesday, January 11th at 7PM/6c
Modern Marvels: Golden Gate Bridge, Tuesday, January 11th 11PM/10c
Coming Soon: The French Revolution, Premiere, Monday, January 17th at 9PM/8c
Modern Marvels: Power Plants Tuesday, January 11th 7 PM/6c

They are the facilities that power the world, massive plants that produce millions of watts of electricity from enormous generators. Though the basic technology has remained constant for decades, continual improvements and refinements have made them far more efficient and powerful. This episode in the Modern Marvels series tells the complete story of the power plants that harness the energy in natural resources such as coal and oil, control nuclear reactions, and exploit natural forces to provide the electricity our civilization could not survive without.
In this compelling program, historians chronicle the pitched battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla that set the course for the future of energy production (Edison lost). A guided tour of the Westinghouse museum lets us track advancing energy technology through the years. Students will get an up-close look at exactly how power is “made” as Power Plants takes them through a modern-day plant. This program introduces students to the processes through which we receive the light, heat, and power so many of us take for granted and provides an ideal opportunity for students to consider science and technology have been used to harness our natural resources and shape our modern lives.
Curriculum Links: Modern Marvels: Power Plants would be useful for classes on History, Science and Technology, Physics, and for courses with components on Engineering and the Environment. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students. It fulfills the following standards outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation, Patters of Social and Political Interaction, and Human Interaction with the Environment.

Discussion Questions: 1. How did the construction of the Erie Canal affect the U.S. economy?
2. What do you think was the biggest obstacle faced by those who built the canal?
3. Can you think of any other engineering feats that have been important to our nation’s history?
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Modern Marvels: Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday, January 11th 11PM/10c

This episode of Modern Marvels presents the story of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the foremost man-made tourist attractions in the United States, but at one time, critics said it could never be built. From the start, the project seemed to present insurmountable engineering challenges. The span of the bay was too wide. The shore was too unstable, the tides too turbulent. Storms battered workers and fog shrouded construction as the struggle to build the Bridge forged on. Engineer Joseph B. Strauss” plans proved to be a masterpiece of design and function. In four years, the longest, highest, most spectacular suspension bridge on earth opened to the public, and became one of the greatest symbols of American ingenuity. This program provides students with a compelling example of how hard work together with the principles of physics and engineering were combined to create a new method of travel, and a national treasure.

Curriculum Links: Modern Marvels: The Golden Gate Bridge would be useful for classes on American Culture, Science and Technology and for courses with units on Engineering. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation and Human Interaction with the Environment.

Discussion Questions: 1. Why do you think the Golden Gate Bridge was such a difficult project?

2. What was the biggest obstacle the engineers faced in constructing the bridge?

3. Why do you think the Golden Gate Bridge has become such a well-known symbol of architectural brilliance and beauty?

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Coming Soon: The French Revolution, Premiere, Monday, January 17th at 9PM/8c

A dethroned king, a flamboyant queen, the storming of a fortress prison and the terror of the guillotine—the French Revolution has all of the ingredients of an engrossing drama. Yet to delve beneath the surface of these characters and symbols is to discover the complexity of this transformative era. This special two-hour presentation, The French Revolution, peels through the layers of these remarkable years to reveal an era of intense and lasting political and intellectual change. While the complexity of the French Revolution might seem to present daunting challenges, its significance in shaping international currents merits a careful exploration. Within the course of a decade, the French monarchy was shorn of its political power, a framework was created for a universal understanding of basic human and civil rights, and countless French citizens across class backgrounds acted to achieve political power in an era of political repression and economic uncertainty. However, there was a devastatingly dark undercurrent to the politically instability ushered in by the Revolution. The struggle to control the direction of the French Revolution unleashed a “Reign of Terror” in which tens of thousands of suspected political enemies were executed by guillotine.
The French Revolution provides a captivating introduction to these events, the broader political era in which these events occurred. This program is an excellent resource for understanding how political ideas develop, the causes and consequences of the Revolution, and the role of the Enlightenment in world history. With compelling commentary from historians, fascinating tidbits about the fall of the monarchy, and colorful descriptions of the Revolution’s key players, this program will engage students and prompt them to further investigate these vivid and often shocking years.

Curriculum Links: The French Revolution would be useful for World History, European History, World Civilization, and Global History courses. Due to some sensitive and mature content, we would recommend it for high school students. We would also recommend that teachers view the program in its entirety before screening it for students. This program fulfills the following guidelines outlined by the National Council for History Education: Patterns of Social and Political Interaction, Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation and Comparative History of Major Developments. Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon! Teachers, save 15% on everything in our online store, including DVDs, videos, books and more! Simply enter the coupon code, ETCH15, at the bottom of the cart page before checking out or call 888-423-1212, and one of our customer service representatives would be happy to help you. Build your video library with a visit to our Teacher Store today, featuring informative and educational titles as low as $14.95, selected specifically with you in mind! Visit HISTORY NOW, free on the Web at This exciting new online journal mixes essays by top scholars with extensive resources and suggestions for history fans, history teachers and history students. Don't miss our second issue examining slavery in the U.S. through primary sources. Visit the site for lesson plans, printable documents, maps, and other resources.

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