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Note: This post is part of our series, "Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available for streaming." Be sure to check out our previous Netflix Academy posts on Ancient Asian Cultures; early American civilizations; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Native American cultures; Christopher Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Colonial America and the Revolutionary War; the American founders; the Lewis and Clark expedition; the Civil War; movie adaptations of classic children’s books; American folk heroes; dinosaurs; aquatic life; insects; frogs and other amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals; human evolution; earthquakes and volcanoes; outer space; and the systems of the human body.
This post marks an important milestone: The terminus of our Netflix Academy series. We’ve now covered most of the major topics in the early grades of the Core Knowledge Sequence, save for some subjects on which high-quality streaming video options were scant.
We’ve learned over the course of this year that there’s a lot more high-quality science content on Netflix and Amazon than historical videos, at least for kids. But we’ve also come across some fantastic television shows that are content-rich and easily accessible, including the Dear America series featured below. (Others include Liberty’s Kids, The Magic Schoolbus, and Wild Kratts.)
This week’s topic—the wave of immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s—has special meaning for me, as my Italian ancestors were part of the “huddled masses” that came in droves from Europe at that time. And, of course, it’s an important reminder, as we are again gripped by a political debate over immigration, that we are a nation of newcomers. Enjoy!
Special thanks to research interns Liz McInerney and Marie Dandie for helping to compile these lists.
Based on the best-selling books, this series tells the stories of fictional teenage women at turning points in American history. Mary, a teenage immigrant from Ireland, finds that working in a mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, is not what she'd envisioned as her new life in America.
Length: 27 minutes
Based on the best-selling books, this series tells the stories of fictional teenage women at turning points in American history. A Russian Jewish immigrant girl lives with her family in a tenement on the Lower East Side of New York City. She dreams of being an actress.
Length: 27 minutes
A comprehensive documentary of the Ellis Island story in all its complexity. We take you behind the scenes into the memory-haunted ruins of unrestored Ellis Island. Our cameras trace the saga of Immigrants coming from the old world through what is now Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Length: 1 hour
Provider: Amazon Instant
Schoolhouse Rock was an American animated musical educational show that was originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s. “Great American Melting Pot” was aired in 1977. It tells the story of immigration from the Old World of Europe to the New World of the United States. It suggests that immigrants of different backgrounds have come together in America, bringing with them their own traditions and values, but ultimately becoming part of one “Great American Melting Pot.”
Length: 3 minutes