A century ago, only one man stood in the way of the disintegration of the United States of America – and he was a gangly, storytelling country lawyer from Illinois with no political experience at the national level. And yet by the sheer force of his will and his uncompromising stand on critical issues, Abraham Lincoln not only saved the nation but carved out an immortal place in world history. This fascinating story inspires viewers with the life of America’s most beloved president.
Alexander Graham Bell
Discover how innovation and determination can lead to world-changing inventions as Alexander Graham Bell and his partner, Thomas Watson, turn a project to improve the telegraph system into the dream of the telephone! His speech lessons with deaf children give Bell the passion to pursue this discovery. As he watches one small boy struggle to learn to speak, he’s inspired to create a device that amplifies sound to make it possible for the deaf to hear. The result was the development of the first telephone.
Trained in the traditional music methods by his father, Beethoven was an accomplished pianist by the age of 12. By his early twenties, he had performed for Joseph Haydn, who compared him to the great Mozart. Sadly, Beethoven began to lose his hearing, but he threw himself even more deeply into his music, composing “Fur Elise,” “Sonata Pathetique” and the dramatic “Fifth Symphony.” Years later, audience members heard what he could not and leapt to their feet in ecstatic appreciation for such passionate music. His creativity gave the world then, as it does today, music that stirs the soul.
High into the stormy sky, a kite with iron points bobs in the wind. Suddenly, lightning cuts through the sky and a spark emits from the key attached to the kite string. As Ben Franklin watched the lightning in Philadelphia’s night sky, he came up with a brilliant discovery—one that would change the world forever.
Now, through this remarkable story, you can join this remarkable scientist, inventor and statesman as he rewrites human history because of his experiments with electricity.
While the whole world sailed east on the path to find China, Columbus believed it could be reached in two weeks… by sailing west! Finally, after securing the support of Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus set sail. After three weeks of sailing
and no sight of land, his crew threatened mutiny. At the moment when all seemed lost and Columbus considered turning back, land was discovered. Columbus realized his dream and America was discovered.
George Washington, “The father of our nation,” comes to life in this remarkable story about his extraordinary accomplishments as a military leader. Retrace Washington’s steps from “the shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington to the dark days of Valley Forge. Follow his contributions to the forming of a new nation and final peace in 1783. This inspiring tale shows Washington at his best— courageous, determined, humble, brave, and patriotic.
To this day Harriet Tubman is still remembered as “The Moses of her people” for good reason. From 1849 to 1860, in 17 dangerous missions to the Confederate South, she helped more than 300 slaves escape to freedom in the North. Harriet’s selflessness and disregard for personal safety, along with her deep faith in God, enabled her to help family members and many others to escape the chains of slavery. She continues to inspire countless Americans more than a century later.
A childhood fever leaves the very bright Helen Keller deaf and blind, cutting her off from human communication. This turns her into an angry, untamed child who often explodes into fits of savage fury. It falls on the spirited shoulders of 21-year-old Anne Sullivan to break into Helen’s dark and silent world and end her awful isolation. This dramatic and deeply moving story captures all the humor, pain and ultimate triumph of Anne’s quest to help Helen overcome incredible obstacles and find her freedom.
Leonardo da Vinci
Only rarely do genius and humility live side-by-side in the same person. Yet who
could dispute that Leonardo da Vinci—master painter, celebrated artist, and brilliant inventor, centuries ahead of his time-could lay claim to both titles? This intriguing story not only introduces the towering figure of Leonardo but also paints a moving portrait of a humble man whose deep concern for others won him a lasting place in the hearts of his sixteenth century countrymen.
The Wright Brothers
If people were meant to fly, they’d be given wings. That’s what the world told the
brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright — but they refused to believe it. This is the thrilling story of two American bicycle repairmen that ignored all those who said it couldn’t be done and risked everything, including their very lives, to become the first to manage powered flight. Return to the days of the Wright Brothers and see how their perseverance changed our world.
Never was genius more fun! Thomas Edison opens up the laboratory of America’s most celebrated inventor and invites you to explore its secrets. This fast-paced, bird’s eye view of Edison’s legendary career takes you behind the scenes to reveal the daily discoveries with “the Wizard of Menlo Park.” Sprinkled with humor and packed with little-known details about the search for a working electric light bulb, this story will help you see for yourself why Edison quipped, “Genius is about one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
William Bradford fled with the Pilgrims to the new world, where he discovered that the price for religious freedom was hunger, sickness and death. As a peacemaker, he befriended the Native Americans who taught the struggling Pilgrims how to survive. By the end of the first year, William Bradford became Governor of the new land. After their first critical harvest, he set aside time for the Pilgrims and their new Native American friends to feast together and express
their thanks to God. Thus, William Bradford became the Father of Thanksgiving Day.