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This is a 60 minute documentary that highlights Texas National Parks. This film will help Texans celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The film celebrates the culture, history, wildlife and natural wonders preserved at each site, and is organized chronologically by date of creation. Big Bend National Park, which opened in 1944 and covers more than 800,000 acres of prickly desert, canyons and...
"I was the first. Vote for Me!" is an interactive website that brings to life the important firsts in United States and Texas history who are part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for Texas elementary students. This website allows students to explore 21 animated historical figures who made significant contributions, paving the way to today. After viewing the animations, students vote on...
A documentary video from Fox Sports 1 about how football helped in the healing process after the explosion in West, Texas in April 2013. Teachers can use this video when discussing the impact of modern industry or in conjunction with similar incidents such as the Texas City explosion in 1947.
Lyndon Johnson was the first president to appoint an African American to the Supreme Court when, on June 13, 1967, Johnson named Thurgood Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, to sit on the highest court in the land. Lyndon Johnson exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs, rivaling those of New Deal, through Congress with astounding success. However,...
The U.S. Congress votes to annex Texas. Mexico, which has never recognized Texas as an independent republic, protests this action, and its Minister to the U.S., Juan Almonte, breaks off diplomatic relations with the United States.
After a failed diplomatic mission, U.S. President Polk orders American troops to cross the Nueces River into disputed territory along the border of Texas and Mexico. This further inflames the conflict between the U.S. and Mexico 
After Santa Annas forces rout the Texans at the Alamo and Goliad, Sam Houstons army defeats the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto. Later, the Texans and the Americans will regard this as the birth of the independent republic of Texas, but Mexico will continue to claim Texas as its territory.
Mexico opens up Texas to American immigrants, leading to a flood of new English-speaking settlers in the territory. Later, these Americans will be led by Sam Houston into a revolt against Mexico and President Antonio Lopéz de Santa Anna. 
Calvert Nevaquaya plays traditional Comanche flute music.  
Many of the ranching terms used today are derived from Spanish, Mexican and indigenous words. These words come from the animals and tack of the cowboy trade, along with cultural items such as food and clothing. Below are common words or phrases, along with audio clips illustrating correct pronunciation.  
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