1. Peter Brice singing "The United States and the Macedonian"


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    This is a solo performance by the multi-talented Peter Brice, singing "The United States and the Macedonian", whose lyrics were written in the 1800's (see http://pdmusic.org/naval.html, which gives the date as 1813). However, the tune that it is sung to (called the "air'') was composed by Peter himself, who also kindly gave his permission to post this video. This was recorded at the 333 Coffeehouse (http://fsgw.org/333/) on 2011-12-16. Peter's introduction mentions how the song is about a battle in the early 1800's between the United States Navy and the British Navy - USS United States vs HMS Macedonian. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_United_States_vs_HMS_Macedonian) This battle turned out to be not just a quite famous Naval battle but also a famous victory in the United States' struggle for independence, making Stephen Decatur, who commanded the USS United States, an American hero. Decatur held the rank of Commodore (USN), which is roughly equivalent to what we would today call a Rear Admiral (lower half). Musical artist: Peter Brice Song: The United States and the Macedonian Air: Peter Brice URL: http://newcenturyirisharts.com/ Posted by permission of Peter Brice. Video and editing by me.

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    • Best Synopsis of American History by a 4-year old


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      • Temperance Movement


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        • Second Great Awakening


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          The Second Great Awakening was time of religious revival in America. Charles Finney led the movement with a focus on Christian's building a 'Heaven on Earth." From this, the spirit of change and reform moved throughout the country, as people sought to abolish slavery, reform education and prisons, end the abuse of alcohol, and find equality for women.

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          • Black Moses Barbie commercial #3 of 3


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            This commercial for a Black Moses Barbie toy is the 3rd & final in a series of 3 celebrating the legacy of Harriet Tubman. It is part of Pierre Bennu's larger series of paintings and films deconstructing and re-envisioning images of people of color in commercial & pop culture. In this piece, the inspiring legacy of Harriet Tubman, the historical figure, is translated in order to examine and interrogate the gendered construction and marketing of heroism, violence, and play. Directed, written & storyboarded by: Pierre Bennu Camera: Ralston Smith Voices: Meagan Shea Pierre Bennu Jamyla bennu Props: Dirk Joesph & Pierre Bennu puppeteering & backgrounds: Pierre Bennu

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            • Courage and Self-Sacrifice: "Chamberlain" by Michael Shaara and Speech to the Third Army by George S. Patton


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              Courage is a virtue difficult to cultivate, especially among self-interested citizens oriented toward the pursuit of their own happiness. At the extreme, why shouldn’t I prefer the preservation of myself to the preservation of my nation? If there is both a natural and cultural tendency to cowardice, how is courage to be cultivated?Although courage usually grows only through repeated acts in the face of fear and danger, inspiring speeches can rally groups of men on the eve of battle. These selections—excerpted from "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara (1928–1988), an account of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War and General George S. Patton’s Speech to the Third Army—exemplify two such inspiriting speeches, in some ways similar, in some ways different. Watch editors Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass converse with guest host Eliot A. Cohen (Johns Hopkins SAIS) about Michael Shaara's "Chamberlain" (from "The Killer Angels") and George S. Patton's Speech to the Third Army. For discussion guides and more, visit http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/curriculum/the-meaning-of-america/courage-and-self-sacrifice and http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/curriculum/the-meaning-of-america/courage-and-self-sacrifice-part-2.

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              • Subject 32


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                My first time doing anything video related, please provide feedback. Background info i s this is based in the 1950s when the CIA performed experiments on us citizens, trying to find a way to keep up with Russians for the ability to mind control. Originally known as Project Mk- Ultra. People were drugged with LSD, put into induced comas and electrocuted.

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                • Christopher Hitchens Says Religion Is Ineradicable adapted by Ron Talley


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                  Although times change and knowledge increases, it is possible to discern a core of philosophical insight within the history of thought as a whole. Consider, for example, the principles of non-contradiction, finality and causality, as well as the concept of the person as a free and intelligent subject, with the capacity to know God, truth and goodness. Consider as well certain fundamental moral norms which are shared by all. These are among the indications that, beyond different schools of thought, there exists a body of knowledge which may be judged a kind of spiritual heritage of humanity. It is as if we had come upon an implicit philosophy, as a result of which all feel that they possess these principles, albeit in a general and unreflective way. Precisely because it is shared in some measure by all, this knowledge should serve as a kind of reference-point for the different philosophical schools. Once reason successfully intuits and formulates the first universal principles of being and correctly draws from them conclusions which are coherent both logically and ethically, then it may be called right reason or, as the ancients called it, orthós logos, recta ratio. Therefore, following upon similar initiatives by my Predecessors, I wish to reflect upon this special activity of human reason. I judge it necessary to do so because, at the present time in particular, the search for ultimate truth seems often to be neglected. Modern philosophy clearly has the great merit of focusing attention upon man. From this starting-point, human reason with its many questions has developed further its yearning to know more and to know it ever more deeply. Complex systems of thought have thus been built, yielding results in the different fields of knowledge and fostering the development of culture and history. Anthropology, logic, the natural sciences, history, linguistics and so forth—the whole universe of knowledge has been involved in one way or another. Yet the positive results achieved must not obscure the fact that reason, in its one-sided concern to investigate human subjectivity, seems to have forgotten that men and women are always called to direct their steps towards a truth which transcends them. Sundered from that truth, individuals are at the mercy of caprice, and their state as person ends up being judged by pragmatic criteria based essentially upon experimental data, in the mistaken belief that technology must dominate all. It has happened therefore that reason, rather than voicing the human orientation towards truth, has wilted under the weight of so much knowledge and little by little has lost the capacity to lift its gaze to the heights, not daring to rise to the truth of being. Abandoning the investigation of being, modern philosophical research has concentrated instead upon human knowing. Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned. This has given rise to different forms of agnosticism and relativism which have led philosophical research to lose its way in the shifting sands of widespread scepticism. Recent times have seen the rise to prominence of various doctrines which tend to devalue even the truths which had been judged certain. A legitimate plurality of positions has yielded to an undifferentiated pluralism, based upon the assumption that all positions are equally valid, which is one of today's most widespread symptoms of the lack of confidence in truth. Even certain conceptions of life coming from the East betray this lack of confidence, denying truth its exclusive character and assuming that truth reveals itself equally in different doctrines, even if they contradict one another. On this understanding, everything is reduced to opinion; and there is a sense of being adrift. While, on the one hand, philosophical thinking has succeeded in coming closer to the reality of human life and its forms of expression, it has also tended to pursue issues—existential, hermeneutical or linguistic—which ignore the radical question of the truth about personal existence, about being and about God. Hence we see among the men and women of our time, and not just in some philosophers, attitudes of widespread distrust of the human being's great capacity for knowledge. 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                  • Vintage Travel Posters


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                    The early and mid 1900s were a golden age of travel. Trains and airplanes brought the world closer together than ever before, helping travelers seek adventure in the United States and throughout the world. These posters are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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                    • American World War I Posters


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                      Across the globe, countries at war created posters that would encourage young men to volunteer for battle. Some of these posters cultivated a sense of national pride; others attempted to demonize opponents. From 1914 to 1918, thousands of different posters were created, and only some of these survive today. Look back to the early 1900s and see what everyday citizens saw posted on street corners, on buildings, and sometimes, in their homes. These classic prints are timeless pieces of American history. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal life in a time long past, but the ideals of these posters remain a part of our common history.

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