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Yours and Mine: The Lesson of 1623

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Length: 12:00
Grade Level: 4-9
Closed Captioned

They almost starved the first year...

Looking to win the affection of a Plimoth Plantation enactor, a man takes a job portraying her husband, and in the process learns that much of what we learned in school about the Pilgrims is not necessarily so. For example, did you know that the Pilgrims wore colorful clothing, and that many came to American soil in search of profit, not religious freedom?

The enactor also learns that while the Plimoth Colony originally followed practices of property sharing, it became evident quickly that this system had major flaws. By 1623, the Pilgrims decided that private property ownership allowed for a much more efficient and productive workforce, yielding plentiful crop harvests. This laid the foundation for today's practices of private property rights, affecting many of our possessions such as iPods and cell phones.

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U.S. History / Government & Civics


American Colonial Life



Private vs. Shared Property

The video was well-produced, engaging, and offered many different options for spin-off lessons in history, geography, economics, and science.

Katherine Goodnight-click
All - 5,6
J. W. Long Elementary School, Terrell, TX

I have used this video to augment my discussion of communism and socialism and it was extremely useful. Students really get the connection of how private ownership is essential to capitalism.

Burt Roberts
Economics - Other
Mount Diablo High School, Concord, CA

I love the combination of economics and history.

Don Jenkins
Social Studies - 8
North Whidbey Middle School, Oak Harbor, WA

This video was a great way to start my lesson on the Pilgrims. It got my students thinking and engaged. It is a wonderful way to activate prior knowledge.

Chris Carrier
Social Studies - 8
Tussey Mountain School District, Saxton, PA

I loved this video to contrast it with what was happening in Jamestown. The students "get it" after talking about car ownership!

Joan Horman
History - 8
Ballenger Creek Middle School, Frederick, MD

Very good video. Sparked a great deal of discussion about private property and even the concepts surrounding different forms of government.

Kirk Atwood
Social Studies - 11,12
Lenape Technical School, Ford City, PA

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