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05 November 2009 

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The Making of a Nation

Every Thursday, Special English broadcasts a fifteen-minute program in a series about American history. For earlier programs, enter "Making of a Nation" with quotation marks in the search box at the top right.


Police struggling to control rioters in New York
On THE MAKING OF A NATION: By 1863, two years into the fighting, many northerners did not support the war policies of President Abraham Lincoln.

  • American History Series: Lee and His Army Cross Into the North  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The South Wins a Victory, but at a Great Cost  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln Declares Slaves Free in Rebel States  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln Needs a Victory  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: At Bull Run, a Terrible Defeat for the North  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: South Defends Its Capital  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Civil War at Sea  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln Names a General to Defend Washington  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The North Loses the First Major Battle of the War  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Civil War's First Days  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Civil War Begins  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln's Policy on South Is Soon Tested  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln Names a Cabinet  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: South Carolina Leaves Union, Tensions Increase  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Lincoln Takes Presidency of a Nation in Crisis  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Hopes, Fears and the Election of 1860  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A Failed Attempt to Raise a Rebel Army of Slaves  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Story of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Slavery Crisis Eases, but Not for Very Long  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Story of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Brigham Young Leads His Mormons to a New Home  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Search for Gold Drives Settlers to the West  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Effort to Make Kansas a Slave State  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Slavery Debate Intensifies With Dred Scott Ruling  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Struggle Over Slavery in the Kansas Territory  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Kansas Takes Steps Towards Statehood  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Kansas-Nebraska Bill Divides the Country  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Pierce, New President, Is Friendly but Weak  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Millard Fillmore Signs Compromise of 1850  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: 'The Fresh Air of Liberty and Union'  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: 'The South Asks for Justice, Simple Justice'  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Plan in 1850 on Slavery Aims to Save Union  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Zachary Taylor Is Elected President in 1848  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Polk Decides Not to Seek Second Term in 1848  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Polk Sends Troops to Border With Mexico  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: In 1845, Republic of Texas Faces a Choice  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Texas Statehood Is Chief Issue in 1844 Campaign  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: President John Tyler Shows His Independence  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Brief Presidency of William Henry Harrison  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Whigs See a Chance to Defeat Van Buren in 1840  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Rise of the Movement Against Slavery  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: US Gets a New President in 1837, and a Depression  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: New President Deals with Old Problems  Audio Clip Available
  • Christmas in America During the 19th Century  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Jackson, 'the People's Friend,' Leaves Office  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Trouble Grows Deep in the Heart of Texas  Audio Clip Available
  • US History Series: Jefferson Suspends Trade with Europe in 1807  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Jackson's Victory Over the Bank of the US  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: As Jackson Aims to Shut Bank, an Economic Crisis Results  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Debating the Powerful Bank of the US  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Bank of the United States Worries Jackson  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: For President Jackson, a Question of States' Rights  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Split Divides Jackson, Vice President Calhoun  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Tragedy Hits as Jackson Prepares for Presidency  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: In Election of 1828, a Bitter Campaign  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: John Quincy Adams, a Man Raised to Serve  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: In Election of 1824, a Clash of Personalities    Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Monroe Dislikes but Signs Missouri Compromise  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Monroe Doctrine Warns Europe Not to Interfere in the Americas  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: James Monroe Easily Wins Election in 1816  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: War of 1812 Ends With Treaty of Ghent  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: War of 1812 Ends, but Fighting Continues  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A National Anthem Is Born From the War of 1812  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: British Set Fire to City of Washington in 1814  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Madison Declares War on Britain in 1812  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Relations With Britain Hit a Low Point in 1811  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Last Days, and Lasting Influence, of Thomas Jefferson  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Jefferson Tries to Keep Trade Ban on Europe  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr, Former VP  Audio Clip Available
  • US History Series: A Supreme Court Justice Is Put on Trial in 1805  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Jefferson Gets Louisiana Territory From France  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Jefferson Moves to Cut Debt, Spending  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: Jefferson Begins Presidency With a Loyal Cabinet  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: Jefferson, at Inaugural, Urges Unity of Hearts and Minds  Audio Clip Available
  • US History Series: Jefferson Is Elected President in 1800, But Only on the 36th Vote  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: Adams Avoids War With France, Signs Alien and Sedition Acts  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: John Adams Is Elected Nation's Second President  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: How a Dispute Helped Lead to Party System  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Two-Party Political System Takes Hold in US  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: For a New Nation, Hamilton Seeks a Bank  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Imagination of Alexander Hamilton  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: From Revolutionary War Hero to President  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Heart and Spirit of the Constitution  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Constitution Goes to the States for Approval  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Debating Slaves' Part in Representation of States  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A 'Great Compromise' on State Representation  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Struggle to Balance Power Between Big States and Small States  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: In 1787, Debating the Need for Federal Courts  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Early Leaders Debate Presidential Powers  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Finding the Right Plan for a New Government  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: The Founding Fathers Meet in Philadelphia to Write a Constitution  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: After the Revolution, the Nation Faces a Weak Political System  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: How the Constitution Came to Life  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: How Britain’s Defeat at Saratoga Marked a Turning Point  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: How the Revolution Against Britain Divided Families and Friends  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: A Declaration for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A Tea Party at Night, on the Road to Revolution  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Britain Says No to 'No Taxation Without Representation'  Audio Clip Available
  • US History: British Defeat the French in a Struggle for North America  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: By 1750, Almost One in Four People in the Colonies Were Slaves  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Slavery Arrives as Colonial Expansion Heads South  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: How a Desire for Religious Freedom or Land, or Both, Led to Colonies  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A Clash of Cultures in the New World  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Buffalo, 'Mystery Dogs' (Horses) and the Lives of the Plains Indians  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: A Difficult Life for English Settlers  Audio Clip Available
  • American History Series: Columbus Sails, Others Follow, and Spain Is on Top of the World  Audio Clip Available
  • History Repeats Itself: A Fresh Start to 'The Making of a Nation'  Audio Clip Available