Stage One: In Search of American Roots
09/16/00: Pangaea? Isn't that some kind of weird pasta?
Have you ever noticed that the continents look like they could fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, if you have than you are on to something... The gang gets to the heart of the age old idea of continental drift.
09/16/00: Rockin' and rollin' down to the core!
Dispatch discusses the process of earthquakes, the earth's major plates or continents, and the continental drift. Briefly, dispatch covers the forming of a volcano.
09/20/00: Take your hands off me, you stinking apes!
Where do people come from? Why do apes seem so human? The team traces the origins, migration, and evolution of human life, from early primates in southern Africa through Homo sapiens.
09/20/00: Hey! My house is under water!
It sure is getting hot around here... The team explores the north pole and global warming, from the causes of the "Greenhouse Effect" to the terrible consequences that will occur if steps are not taken. Learn what you can do to help.
09/23/00: The first inhabitants of North America: A picture of a proud and strong people
The team describes the history of the Plains Indian tribes and their contribution to contemporary American life. Includes information on the buffalo hunt, Sitting Bull and Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn, the sweat lodge, and the Plains Indian Museum in Cody, Wyoming.
09/23/00: Tomorrow's leaders, today's American Indian youth
The team looks at the declining state of the Native American population and culture. You can help save their culture! Volunteer and get involved, maybe you will spend this summer living on an indian reservation living in tipis and attending traditional powows.
09/27/00: A little Native American-style Q & A to get your brain juices going
In an effort to break some of the stereotypes many people have of Native Americans, this dispatch discusses the some of the less well-known tribes, and their practices and traditions before the arrival of European settlers. It's structured by asking the reader to make comparisons between what he/she thinks of when hearing the term "Native American" and what this term really means.
10/04/00: Hero? Villian? The Team Gets MAD about Columbus
The team talks about our observance of Columbus Day and the why native peoples want to abolish the holiday honoring Christopher Columbus and replace it with a holiday celebrating diversity and multiculturalism. A MAD dispatch
10/14/00: Dead before their time
The team examines the Small Pox epidemic that occurred in the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries, and looks at how it affected the overall colonization efforts of the Europeans. Did Small Pox ultimately allow the Europeans to colonize and convert the natives?
Stage Two: The Birth of the United States
10/25/00: How constitutional is the Constitution?
This dispatch discusses the most important document in American History, the US Constitution. Come along as we look at the most important legal cases that challenge the fundamental moral, religious and legal issues of the past two hundred years. Find out how these cases have extended and defined the rights granted to all Americans under the Constitution.
Stage Three: Expansion and Reaction
11/04/00: Beware: Surprise Indian attacks ahead!
Team Dispatch. Deals with the Northwest Indian
Confederation, St. Clair's Defeat, the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Little
Turtle, General Wayne, Tecumseh, War of 1812, Treaty of Grenville. The team
tells the story of the Northwest Indian Confederation and their resistance
to American expansion into what is now the Midwest.
Stage Four: America In Upheaval
Stage Five: Transformation of The U.S.
01/13/01: Labor Day - More than just a long weekend
The team reminds students that Labor Day is more than a long weekend, that the reason most people in the United States have a holiday is due to 30,000 workers who called for an eight-hour workday in 1882. Includes information on the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and labor unions.