In his latest book, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, convincingly explains why one should read Herman Melville's intimidating Great American Novel.
In July 2011, the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will unveil an original short film showcasing Nantucket's natural beauty and its significant role in global history. Written and produced by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns, Nantucket will serve as a transformative gateway experience for today's island visitor. It chronicles the vibrancy of Nantucket's history, from its original Wampanoag Native American population and early Quaker culture to its international significance as the whaling capital of the world and eventual rebirth as an art and resort colony.
The film is narrated by actress Barbara Feldon, known for her role as Agent 99 in the "Get Smart" series from the 1960's. It includes commentary by historians, islanders, and writers including New York Times best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick, all of whom share personal stories and unique island insight.
After a free community film premiere on July 2, this 26-minute film will be shown twice daily at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, throughout the summer and beyond.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.Uploaded Nov 04, 2017
This is a short video detailing a modern day hunt taking place. For these Indonesian fishermen, a sperm whale can dramatically change their fortunes and feed their families for months. This small-scale whaling, using traditional hand-made boats and harpoons, has been happening for over 600 years and does not threaten whale numbers in these oceans as the fisherman only take around 6 a year.Uploaded Nov 04, 2017
Although this is not the book we are reading in class, the video contains a helpful background on the whaling industry in the early 1800s.Uploaded Nov 04, 2017
This is a great way to digest the document and help you understand the specific grievances Jefferson outlined as reasons for separation from England.Uploaded Oct 27, 2017
Short video segment from the History Channel's docu-series about the birth of the American nation.Uploaded Oct 22, 2017
In this scene from the film National Treasure, Nicolas Cage's character (Ben) is convinced there is a treasure map on the back of the Declaration. As he reads a passage from Jefferson's pen, he hits upon the very heart of why the colonists rebelled. We will discuss this in class.Uploaded Oct 22, 2017
This is a clip from the film The Patriot, directed by Mel Gibson. In this fictionalized historical piece, the idea of going to war with England is discussed in the South Carolina Assembly. Citizens speak of the possibility of an American nation, while others speak of this idea as treason. I think this is an interesting perspective of the consideration of war and its realities. It is a good example of just how much the colonists were willing to risk to obtain their freedom and establish our republic.Uploaded Oct 22, 2017
This is a dramatic interpretation of Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech.Uploaded Oct 22, 2017
Audio reading of Act 2, for student follow-along and discussion.Uploaded Sep 23, 2017