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History on TV in October

This month’s TV Plus column (p. 26) from The Social Studies Professional features the following films.

Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 8:00–9:00pm PST KQED PBS Follow survivors of perhaps the fiercest battle of World War II as they return to Iwo Jima for a Reunion of Honor on the only battlefield where former enemies come together in shared remembrance.

Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9:00–10:00 pm PST KOCE PBS/ Steeplechase Films Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability in this history of disabled veterans. Witness moving interviews with “some of the country’s most prominent disabled veterans.”

American Comandante (American Experience) Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:00–10:00pm PST PBS/WGBH Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution. His life had it all — adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters including J. Edgar Hoover, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro.

Up Heartbreak Hill (POV) November 2015 PBS/ American Documentary Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Take a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

History on TV

Dear Parents: Did you know that 55% of your child’s academic vocabulary comes from their Social Studies classes?

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It is important that students read, view, and discuss historical content in school and at home. The National Council of Social Studies puts together a monthly TV Plus column. This post is reblogged from The Social Studies Professional (p. 28) September 2015. Please consider viewing some of these programs with your child and discussing them around the dinner table.

Civil War

The Civil War (Documentary’s 25th Anniversary) Monday-Friday, September 7–11, 2015. Explore America’s most destructive and defining conflict, brought to life in the epic award-winning documentary produced and directed by Ken Burns. This newly restored high-definition version marks the 25th anniversary of the initial 1990 premiere.


Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Two Nations September 8 and 9, 2015. PBS/Fine Line Films Follow a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez, who crosses the border in Nogales, Mexico, each day to attend school across the line in Arizona. Her father needs a liver transplant; her mother awaits a visa to allow her to live in the United States.

One Two Fronts

On Two Fronts—Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday, September 22, 2015. PBS/Souvenir Pictures Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a prisoner of war, and the other a protestor at home.


E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men Wednesday, September 30, 2015. PBS/Shining Red Productions Review the remarkable life and ground-breaking ideas of biologist E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects, and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.