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Growth of a Nation enhanced
Educators Teach History a New Way
Top down learning augments traditional approach.

K-12 SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES EVERY WHERE-- Schools and home schools using the Animated Atlas products are teaching history in an alternative way -- from the top down. Students are learning the overall picture first, and then once they get excited, exploring the details later.
    This approach can augment the more traditional approach of moving forward period by period, by providing the student with a second way to view this complex subject.
    Tests indicate that the old method isn't always working. Students regularly miss the overall picture. Many students finish their education not knowing which country lies to the south of the United States, or in which century the Civil War occurred. This incredible ignorance of the simplest overall facts may be due to never explicitly learning them. "While today's textbooks provide more and more context, we have a long way to go in what could be a whole new form of instruction," says Peter Mays, chief designer of the Animated Atlas product line.

Families Trace Their Ancestors' Migrations

GENEALOGY LIBRARIES EVERYWHERE -- Families are using the enhanced version of "Growth of a Nation" to learn more about their ancestors. Once they know the place and dates of family tree members, family researchers use the program to study the land and the options available during their ancestors' time. With the handy population layer, they choose any year between 1790 and 2015 and see the country displayed at the selected date: the existing states and territories, the density of population by state and the big cities. Researchers can also study the position and range of the Indians, a major concern in the early expansion west.
    Eight movies tell the stories of when, why, where, and how people moved from the first migrations across the Appalachian Mountains in the 1790s into Kentucky and Tennessee, to the Gold Rush of 1849, which opened the entire west to intent miners. "There's a real excitement when you finally understand why your relatives ended up where they did," said Jeff Lawson a Salt Lake City genealogy enthusiast and retired Junior High School history teacher who has fallen in love with the program.

The Native American Story

This enhanced version has thorough coverage of Native American history. Informative articles cover Indian history in the timeline by year. From another angle, the individual history of each tribe is available by clicking its name. (Roll over the name to see the original range of the tribe.)
    The transformation of the tribes into reservations is animated, and information on the reservations is charted. Thus this complex history can be grasped by every American. ("Preview-1844" below has some of the tribal histories.)


One year, 1844, is available to allow the viewer to test the interactive features of the population layer. It is a Flash movie. Try using the settings panel (to right), or roll over a city and click it for population, or roll over a Native American tribal name and click it for a wealth of information. Click the orange arrow for one of eight migration movies.
Click the image below to expand a demonstration movie for 1844. (Even with broadband it may take a minute for the Native American information to become available.)

Technical Notes

This product plays on PC or Mac platforms. It is written in Flash, and incorporates the earlier movie "Growth of a Nation" which is currently available on the website. System requirements--PC: Windows 98, ME, XP or later; NT 4.0, 2000, or later. Macintosh: Mac OS 9.1 or later; OS X version 10.1 or later. Must be compatible with Flash.  

These are the instructions sold with the enhanced version.


Enhanced Version           Available on both CD-ROM and USB flash drive.

Perfect program for LAPTOP use.

Enhanced Version    
    Available on both CD-ROM and USB flash drive.

PRICE IS $19.95 plus shipping

Enhanced version has three layers:
US history, population, and timeline, with all three linked by year.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- "Growth of a Nation enhanced" is an expanded version of the popular Flash movie "Growth of a Nation" on the Animated Atlas site. (See this movie at Growth of a Nation). The original US history movie animates geography to illustrate the growth of the nation from 1789 in ten minutes. The enhanced version available on the order page contains the same movie, but has two additional layers:
1) The Population layer covers the growth of cities and rural population. It has eight movies on the major migrations before 1850, and it illustrates the history of the major Native American tribes.
2) The Timeline layer headlines major historical events from 1770 to 2010. It is linked to each year with the other two layers. In addition, the presidents, society, and Native Americans have short informative articles.
    Public school, home schools, and people tracking their family history will be well served by this enhanced version.
PRICE is $19.95 plus shipping

Timeline enhanced with 150 articles

The American History Timeline, which is available on the website, is linked to each year of history in this enhanced version. Moreover, it is interactive, with 149 articles available on historic events. Every president has a biography, and you can read short articles on social and domestic events throughout US history, as well as longer articles tracing the story of the American Indian.
PRINT TIMELINE: Adobe Acrobat .pdf files to print the timeline as a banner are on the CD-ROM and USB flash drive.

Population Layer Has Rich Interactive Uses

The Settings Panel (collapsible) is the heart of the Population layer. Use the settings panel to select a palette of data options for display, as well as eight migration movies, which can also be viewed as a single ten minute film.
Settings Panel

See Cities Grow

The image to the right illus-trates the cities by orange cylinders. These will grow over time. Click the cylinder for population in that decade.

Watch Tribal Changes

Major Indian tribes are first represented as names in yellow on the map. Rollover for the original hunting range (seen here for the Sioux). Click for a history of the tribe. As the west is settled, the tribes are slowly moved onto reservations, shown here as solid yellow areas.
Indian tribes