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History Channel

Bet You Didn't Know: Texas

This is a fun short and informative documentary on the history of Texas by the History Channel. The documentary talks about the following: Spanish missionaries were the first European settlers in Texas, founding San Antonio in 1718. Hostile natives and isolation from other Spanish colonies kept Texas sparsely populated until following the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence, when the newly established Mexican government began to allow settlers from the U.S. to claim land there.

Teaching from the Grave

Cemeteries are accessible primary sources that exist in virtually every community. They refl ect the hopes and disappointments of the former residents as well as their successes and shortcomings. To a student of history they provide specifi c information that can be collated and analyzed to uncover the life patterns of residents at specifi c times. This unit is a guide to the use of the cemetery resources for middle school students. Students should do preliminary historic research on the development of their community.

The Mexican American War

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya hosts this History Channel two-hour (90 minute program time) special exploring the war that few American history books describe in depth, as it represents the only time in history when the United States could be considered a nation of conquest. As the result of the war, President James Polk was able to expand American borders to the Pacific Ocean, taking over nearly half of Mexico's territory. American and Mexican historians tell both sides of the story ... how the war began, how it was fought and who ultimately was responsible for the outcome.