Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Biography of America is a series designed to present American history as a contiguous narrative, not a randomly associated stream of events, people, and places. Each episode is designed to present a facet of American history from a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives. Intended for use in the classroom, this set functions well as a complete telecourse or as a library of information on specific topics within American historical dialogue. The intent of each episode is to show the human side of history and to force students to think critically about our past. Each episode is supplemented by archival footage and other materials from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. This particular episode examines the ramifications of the Louisiana Purchase, an act that instantly doubled the size of the United States. It also includes a discussion of the new role of the Mississippi River.