A collaboration between The Great Courses and the Smithsonian Institution, Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History is an educational experience you may feel compelled to binge watch. The companion Free Guidebook includes a 272-page course synopsis, portraits and literature, list of featured objects, suggested readings and bibliography.
1. The Star-Spangled Banner—Inspiring the Anthem
2. Presidents and Generals—Images of Leadership
3. Conscience and Conflict—Religious History
4. The Growth and Spread of Slavery
5. Emancipation and the Civil War
6. Gold, Guns, and Grandeur—The West
7. The First Americans—Then and Now
8. Planes, Trains, Automobiles … and Wagons
9. Communications—From Telegraph to Television
10. Immigrant Dreams and Immigrant Struggles
11. User Friendly—Democratizing Technology
12. Extinction and Conservation
13. Kitty Hawk to Tranquility—Innovation and Flight
14. Cold War—Red Badges, Bombs, and the Berlin Wall
15. National Tragedy—Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11
Plus 9 more lecture titles!
Bunch is one of four authors. The others are NMAAHC curator Paul Gardullo and the co-founders of the Slave Wrecks Project, Stephen C. Lubkemann and Jaco Jacqes Boshoff, who repeatedly dived the site. The “journey” that’s referenced in the book’s subtitle is threefold: the recovery of the artifacts; the symbolic return in 2015, by Bunch and the other authors, of those who had perished to their Mozambique homeland; and the personal journeys of the authors themselves as they unspooled this story from the turbulent waters off Cape Town. Each of them bore witness to a moment of discovery that will soon be part of history.