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THE HISTORY OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

7 episodes x 40 minutes

Black & White and colour - Betacam SP/PAL with M&E - English and Italian Tracks

1760 - 1787: The Birth of a Nation

Political independence, yet, at the same time, restrictive economic bonds with England characterise the American colonies in the second half of the 18th Century. When the fiscal burden once again increases the people revolt. On July4, 1776 the representatives of the thirteen colonies sign the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. George Washington’s strategic skills bring the war to an end and in 1783, two years after the defeat of the English, the peace treaty is signed and the independence of the colonies is recognized.

 

1787 - 1850: The Conquest of the Old West

After the victory over Englian the expansion to the West begins. The conquest of these new lands also meancs wars with native Indians, who are eventually forced into the reservations after almost one Century of fierce battles. The discovery of gold initiates the "rush" to the West while the war against Mexico rages in the South. After the defeat of General Santa Ana, Alamo is revenged and the state of Texas is annexed.

 

1850 - 1900: From The Civil War to New Beginnings

The great difference between social and political life generates tension between the North and South. The strain between the Industrial and Agricultural states is the cause of the Civil War in 1861. In 4 years, the so-called Yankees, with their industrial and economic supremacy, wipe out the heroic resistance of the secessionist States. The Union’s entirety is safe and the United States will become an industrial poer.

 

1900 - 1929: From the Brave New Age to the Flapper Era

At the beginning of the 20th Century the number one slot in world powers was held by the United States. These are the years in which industry, technology, economy and capital are in expansion. On the other hand racial segregation causes serious problems. The outbreak of World War 1 confirms the supremacy of the US. At the end of the war "Big Business" is the motto of the whole nation. However, the lassical attitude towards economics and the tough political policies lead to the 1929 crisis.

 

1929 - 1950: From the Wall Street Crash to World War II

The Wall Street Crash in 1929 causes the subsequent Economic Depression. In 1933, President F.D.Roosevelt implements new reform plans to overcome the crisis: The New Deal. However, on September1, 1939 World War II breaks out. After the attack on Pearl Harbour the United States becomes part of the Allied Forces contributing immesely to the victory. However, peace does not reign for long. Political tension between the USA and the USSR lead to "The Cold War" and dramatic events such as the Crisis of Berlin (1949) and the war in Korea (1950 - 1953).

1950 - 1970: The Cold War and the Years of Protest

The Cold War divides the world in two. The era is characterised by terrorism and the race to accumulate nuclear arms. These are years of in which a balance is delicate but they are also years of an unbelievable well-being. The Vietnam war causes the most serious crisis in all of US history. The protest begins in the black ghettos, spreads to the students and ends up in huge demonstrations. However, not all is negative this period also sees a dream come true: Man lands on the Moon.

 

1970 to the 90’s: From the Oil Crisis to the Years of Détente

The political fluctuation and the Oil Crisis weaken the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. With the election of the Republican Ronald Reagan, a new period of economic prosperity abd internation prestige begins. These are the years of détente and of nuclear disarmament. The Cold War comes to an end: a new reality of international peace commences, thanks to the agreement with Michail Gorbachov. The dissolution of the Soviet Union changes the whole international scene and once again the United States reinforces its position as the leading world superpower.