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ancestry has many paths to discovering your story. get started for free at a great holiday and goodnight. clal clkhalif khalifa we are on governor's island. we are in the shadow of the statue of liberty just a stone's throw of ellis island. we'll highlight america's past. >> our journey begins up the hudson river, at the westpoint.
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it is the oldest military outpost in the united states. it is there you can can now experience major battles that shaped our nation. the course on westpoint unfolds one hole at a time beginning with the american revolution and ending with afghanistan. i had an opportunity to play the course while honoring men and women who went to war to keep us freechlt you will find it 50 miles north of new york city and 250 years back in the history of our nation. >> george washington found this to be the key to the continent and control the hudson river against the british army and navy, we could secure the united states. it was an eight year war
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revolution. >> west point is known for the stone architecture and cadet chapel trained the best those who led americans in wartime. mcarthur and grant and patton and eisenhower and now the place where america's wars and those who fought in them are memorialized in america's favorite games. ♪ >> we got that, right? carved in the granite hills is the golf course. historic in its own right, it is designed by robert jones senior and built in the world war ii
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years. and using german prisoners of war transported from the battlefields of europe to the american outpost. back in 1983 frost was a freshman entering west point now has served all over the world in bosnia and iraq and afghanistan. he's chief of public affairs in the army now. and his concern is how americans relate. >> less than one percent of the population served in the military. and so cresting off of the last 14 years of warfare, although there is a lot of concern and danger in the world, and forces that are deployed around the world, we want to insure that the civilian society and
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military society come together and this is a great place to do at. >> one of his fellow soccer team member is dan rice. >> i would thought he was a general. >> rice fulfilled the army and went to the business world and reenlisted in the iraq war. back in the states, they found an opportunity right inside of the west pointigates. the hotel owned by the u.s. government and managed as well as the federal budget. >> it was struggling after numb sdmum the graduates took over the management of the hotel and revived the holtz. we have corporate strategy meetings and hundred weddings here.
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and owned by the american public. did brings us back to the golf course. it was in need of spit shining. they donated markers for each of the markers on the course. number one is of course the american revolution, a war won by the man who give birth to this place. as golfers battle the course they are reminded of the war of 1812 and civil war in which west point educated generals led the armies on both sides. >> there was soul searching whether to stay loyal or succeed. it was the states that left before going to the south. >> it is bounding and how close you know each other here. incredible to see although you
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have the north and south, they are close personal friends and understand their habits and strengths and weaknesses. >> through world war i and two and korea. vietnam. still most controversial war. that cost the lives of thousands of americans. and among them 273 graduates of west point. after the paris peace accords ended the war. america would see a decade of quiet until the communist cuban troops overthrew their tiny nation of grenada. >> grenada is a friendly island paradise. it wasn't. it was a major military bastion to export terror and undermine
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democracy, we got there just in time. >> for general frost and dan rice, both graduates, the 16th hole has meaning. >> operation desert storm. under general. >> it would not have avoided war but delayed the day of reckoning. one west point graduate was lieutenant donnie tiller who was shot down on the last day of the war. >> it bring its it home to you guys, the sacrifice of so many men and women who went to the institute. >> that helped to motivate me to stay in the united states army and continue to serve. through bosnia and last couple of warses which we have seen those on the 17 and 18.
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operation iraqi freedom. >> the west point course is both par5s, long in golf speak. they commemorate the two longest wars, iraq and afghanistan. >> in those wars, 95 men and two women and 5000 soldiers have been killed. those two markers are two of the first monuments so to speak to those wars. >> it resonates with us, whether it was our classmates or those we knew and certainy on the soccer team, 4477 who died in iraq and 2 to 51 in afghanistan. >> and that adds time to a round of golf and here that is expected and acceptable.
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>> no course martial will be hustling people a long? >> those are there for a reason. you get a great outing with buddies or your company and friends and family. and you do it in a national land mark at west point. >> it might surprise you to know the course rich in history and historical markers, it is open to the public. >> the fact that west point is a place chosen to honor the current wars that we served in as well. it is significant. and the hole 18 and the beautiful venue, the golf course itself here on historic west point, united states military academy is open to the public. we hope to see folks here. >> those men and women who gave their lives for our freedom did
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so to protect us and honor the starses and stripes. a very special flag is flown over the george washington bridge. how do they fly it? some very special access, now. it is a lot of equipment. driv. the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore.
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>> the george washington bridge spans the river sparked by fighting. >> today it also houses the largest free flying american flag. we were able to witness how super size old glory was flown. this is the world's busiest bridge and more than 600 feet to the top and we're going all the way up there. do you you ever get afraid up here. >> you have to have a little fear. you have to have a little. it's pretty high. i am not going to lie to you.
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>> the flag to appear majestic it has to be. >> you are about 6- 2. >> i am about two stars. you are about a star and a half. >> i don't mean anything about p that. >> i will take half a star. >> they are shy of three foot across and the flag is 60 by p 90. it will cover a full size basketball court. 60 by 90 and weighs over 500 pounds. >> wow. >> it is something we take pride in. >> this is the tube. the footballer glass tube runs up. >> it is moving in the tube. >> it is always up in the tower
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and we lower and deplay it. >> the town keeps it from the elements and the thousands who tonight don't it is there. >> that goes down to the roadway. we make sure nothing falls in there. you have to see this. >> most of the flag flying prayings are high-tech. repairs rely on old fashioned handiwork. >> if it gets ripped bite steel or wind we do the sewing. >> i have done sewing. >> i bet you never thought it was if your job description. >> i have three daughters and i do the seweshgsing the at home. >> to understand the marvel and will height of the flag.
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i was given amazing access. >> we have to do a little climbing. >> these are my sclaus by the way. nice. >> you are looking nerve us. >> you can see what i am going to do. >> go on the right way. >> take this and go back. you okay jenna? >> i am not sure how far i need to go to experience it. my legs are shaking a little bit. oh, my god. right now i am standing right
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above where they fly the largest free flying american flag. >> how was it? >> it is awesome. >> now we have seen the flag from all angles and it is time to get to work and unfurl it. >> i will be holding the bull mark. >> got it. ♪ after the work of the men. it is all worth it. >> good time work.
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and on holidays when america has the day off and collect it year after year. >> do the guy like putting down the flag. >> it is a great thing and it is tremendous. and you get a chill every time you see it fly. we take a lot of pride in this. >> as you have seen. flying the flag is no small feat and they do it and feel honored. >> we'll talk to those responsible for putting the special symbol of america on public display. >> they see the flag up and they say wow, this is terrific. this is america, it is it a good thing and a positive result and positive the attitudes. truckers are beeping the horn and gives you a sense of accomplishment like you do
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something good. >> you swell with pride when the flag comes out. it is just incredible. this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her she's agreed to give it up. that's today? we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. after the deliveries, i was ok. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. all these stops to take more pills can be a pain. can i get my aleve back? for my pain, i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap.
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>> the world's largest free flying flag is hard to miss.
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>> what is hidden from public sight is the heart and soul of men who make it happen. here's their story. >> bound for the united states. >> tradition of hanging a giant american flag on the george washington bridge dates back 70 years to it veteran's day 1947 as a sign of victory and honor for those who served in world war ii. >> the flag happening today is largest free flying in the world and remains a sign of american pride. >> we do it every holiday. memorial day and veterans day. we should do it more than they let us. >> for this team of men it is more than a day at the office. >> i believe it is one of the things proud of another flag. for me to be adopted to this
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country, it is emotional. >> it is just a way of life. >> you have food on you and on the cables, how did you do that? >> i don't know how long we'll be be there on the cables. we have water and food and coffee. >> are you afraid of heights? >> no, i enjoy my job. >> this reflects the unitty of the flag. >> we put our trust. i depend on them and they depend on me. it is it a great family atmosphere. >> and those days the flag is unfurled, the response make its world while. >> they see the flag up and they say this is terrific and america and a good thing. it is it a very positive result. they are happy to see it.
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and truckers are boepg the horns and give you a sense of accomplishment like you are doing something good. especially with afghanistan and isis and everything overseas, we are proud of america and proud to it fly the flag. and the people who appreciate it. >> only once in the 67 year history of the hanging of the flag did it fly for more than just one day. >> we flew it 30 days after 9/11 to let everyone know and volunteers and workers going down to it ground 0. we took one of the old flags and hung it on the school right outside of ground ze-ro and just to it let everybody know we are here and this country is strong. >> hi above the bridge connecting new york and new jersey, the first americans bravely fought the british and the resolve of these men happen.
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>> after 9/11 happen. we wanted the flag out and we were court reportered to be a target. but we wanted to let everyone know that we may have had a kick but we are not down. >> from world war ii to 9/11, to today, on national holidays, a special flag is lowered to be raised. a simple act that provokes deep reflection of what our country was and is and will be. >> you swell with with pride when that flag comes out. it is just incredible. it is a great honor to to that for the people and port authority and veterans, it is just a great honor. >> that symbol of our nations provide and freedom flew in battlefields all over the world. >> the powerful call for
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imagine the imagine biggest stars loving the dimand to don unform. >> they gave up careers and families to fight in world war ii. ives in order to fight in world war ii. ♪ imagine the biggest stars of america's past time leaving the field and putting on very different uniforms. heroes headed to a battlefield in the armed forces of the united states. it happened in the early 1940s. >> joe dimaggio at bat. the yankee clipper swings for a home run. >> it was the game that every boy played. and every town had its own team and the minor leagues were thriving. >> reporter: john thorn is major league baseball's official historian. >> baseball was it.
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>> it's a home run. >> reporter: the game was going strong. but war was brewing across two oceans about to change everything in america, even our leisure. but there were 500 major league players who served. >> yes. almost everybody of consequence did serve. either they were stars before the war or they were stars after the war. >> reporter: and yet you read some of the names of those who served. ted williams. joe dimaggio. hang greenberg. peewee reese. yogi berra. bill dickey. biggest names of their day. >> the biggest names of their day in some cases were drafted rather than enlists. that's not true of greenberg. >> reporter: detroit slugger hank greenberg left first base for the army, served his time, and then went back in. >> greenberg who had been drafted in 1940 and when his
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draft year had been given and pearl harbor was bombed, he enlisted the very next day. >> reporter: baseball legend ted williams is every bit as legendary in the marine corps where he served as a fighter pilot during war. the skills he displayed in the batter's box proved even more valuable in the cockpit. during training, he set records that still stand in the marine corps to this day. >> people like ted williams went over, served, came back, and seemed to pick up right where they left off. >> most players were able to do this. williams and feller and greenberg returned to major league action after years away and picked it up. but there were those who didn't. people who lost their skills or lost their appetite for the game because of what they had seen in the war. >> reporter: it's also true that a lot of these guys weren't out there necessarily in front-line combat roles but there is a reason for that. >> dimaggio doubles to left center field. >> reporter: you couldn't put
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joe dimaggio in a situation where he would be wounded, killed, or, from a propaganda standpoint, worst of all, captured. so the -- most of the major league baseball players who joined the military spent their time playing ball on air force and navy teams. >> reporter: for the fighting men, it was a rare gift, a chance to watch nine innings of normalcy, rlk sweet memories of home and freedoms of the country they were struggling to protect. >> was there something different about players of the world war ii era if. >> i don't know that they're that different but certainly times were different. the war was different. pt perceived threat to our liberties. there was no point in having a national past time if the nation was going to be challenged in its basic tenets. the idea of baseball being a daily war which was a metaphor seemed silly when you were
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confronted with the horrors of actual war. >> reporter: so players turned warriors. serving their nation with honor, distinction, and good old american pride. america had given birth to baseball. now baseball returned the favor, a country scarred by war but stitched together, in part, by a love for the game. >> you might disagree with your neighbor about religion or politics. but it seemed that everybody of agreed that baseball was a blessing in america. right behind where we stand is the place so many immigrants passed through on their way to pursuing the american dream. most made it through ellis island, but some weren't so lucky. from their path was less certain but started down a very specific hallway hidden away from the public for decades until now. we'll take you there -- next. >> he determines you are free to go but you, you have to stay. >> well, so there were a couple
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things that had to happen to be admitted into the hospitals. you had to have something that could be cured
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nearly half of all americans today have at least one relative who entered our country through ellis island, a passage that wasn't easy. >> in fact, some never made it through and their stories were long forgotten until now.
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here's a rare look at the hidden hallways of ellis island. scenes like this remind us of our past and one of the most iconic places in america -- ellis island. nearly one-half of all americans today have at least one relative to entered the country through >> we can tour the great h stina untold story exists just a short walk away where the less fortunate ended up. a unique path only few have walked since the doors closed in 1954. the hidden halls like ellis island. >> you failed your medical inspection, you'd be detained in the hospital complex. >> would your whole family have to stay with you? >> it depended on who you were. if you were a child, then a family member stayed on island
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with you until they determined whether or not you're going to be admitted in the hospital or deported back to your home country. if you were a husband or a father, and you were detained, then the entire family would be detained, too. >> reporter: this hallway is the very same path walked by immigrants who just learned the heartsinking news they'd be admitted to the hospital. so just like people who came here, they had to have the right gear to be let in the country. we need the right gear to check out where we are going? >> you will need to wear a hardhat. >> i do love my hardhat. makes me feel very legitimate. ready? let's go. >> contagious diseases. what would screeners look for? >> eye diseases. measles. diphtheria. whooping cough.
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scarlet fever. >> you guys cleaned up since then. right? just checking. >> reporter: the skeleton of the contagious disease ward still stands much as it did in the early 1900s. poison ivy now wraps itself around old windows framing the hallways in what was once the largest hospital in the country. >> not everybody just got treated at entries in the united states. you were going to be detained first. they were going to decide whether or not you had something that could be treateded and cured. >> really. >> and then find somebody who could o pay for it. >> reporter: of the 12 million people who filed through ellis eisland at its peak, 1 out of every 5 people were detained. however, less than 1% of those detained were admitted to the hospital. serious health detention, though infrequent, happened for many reasons. for example, approximately 350 babies call ellis island their birthplace, though they didn't
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get automatic citizenship. more often health detention happened for more common ailments. who determines you are free to go but you, you have to stay? >> well, so there were a couple things that had to happen to be admitted into the hospitals. you had to have something that could be cured and that somebody had to pay for your treatment. treatment here wasn't free. >> reporter: in fact, until an immigrant could determine who would pay for their health care the department of labor who managed ellis island at the time sent the bill to whatever steam ship company delivered that immigrant. how long could you stay on ellis island? say you were found to have a contagious disease. people stayed here days? weeks? months in years? >> yes. >> even years? >> yes. and you could have been treated here for years. then the person who was paying for your treatment runs out of money, then you could still be deported. >> if you had a contagious disease you would obviously be really sick and you could also, unfortunately, not make it. right? >> about 3,500 people do die on ellis island.
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so this was an autopsy amphitheater. >> an amphitheater? oh, my -- this is incredible! you guys have to see this. an amphitheater. this looks like something out of -- i don't know, medical school or something like that? >> exactly. this was a teaching hospital. people were doing the residencies here. >> really? >> ythey were learning from the doctors here on ellis island. remember, this was the best hospital in the world at the time. >> reporter: medical students would stand up here and observe what was happening. >> absolutely. >> i'm presuming the body would be put where that cart is? >> yeah. that's probably not the autopsy table. i'm going to say that was probably a table for instruments but the gentleman who cleans up these wards for us said he found that table there in 1972 and he has left it there since. >> reporter: built to hold 750 beds, the hospital treated
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patients in nearly identical rooms constructed with an eye towards a cure. >> this is an open ward. an open ward meaning if you were suffering from something that a lot of people had, you'd be in a room together. we affectionately call most of these wards measles wards. there would have been a bed in between each window. windows would have been opened year round for air flow. the corners are actually a little bit rounded so that air flow and circulation. >> recently after 60 years the save ellis island foundation opened these wards for limited tours but we received some incredible access. >> now we're going to go upstairs which is where most people don't get to go. >> this is someplace special for us that no one else gets to see? >> it's true. >> that's exciting. what are we going to see up here? do you see this chair? >> this is my favorite ward. this is actually my favorite ward. when i see these chairs, i want to know who was sitting here
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last and why. >> have you ever sat in that chair? >> i don't sit in any of the chairs. >> it looks completely different than the other wards that we go into. it is actually the next story that i'm going to try to explore with our public programming. it is the story of world war ii on ellis island. while immigration slowed through ellis island in the 1930s and '40s, the hospital remained open providing treatment to returning servicemen for shell shock during world war ii. >> what's interesting is that this whole place doesn't have that eerie feeling that i was expecting. knowing that there is a morgue or -- and that people stayed here for years. i kind of expected to have that haunted house feelings a little bit but it doesn't feel that way in here. >> no. to me it is almost like this whole level of care that people were given and dignity and respect and how they were treated here. i feel like i don't necessarily think that there are ghosts or
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creepy feelings. it is more of energy and emotion. that said, i'm not sure i'd like to be here in the dead of night on halloween, for example. do you ever get freaked out being in here? >> i don't want to come back on halloween. >> reporter: our travels take us to one final spectacular room where immigrants from different countries speaking different languages waited to learn their fate. most made it through to mainland america. some didn't. the american dream remained just that -- an image rather than a reality. >> you have to see this. this is so beautiful. you could be in one of the beds here being treated and you would be able to look out your window and you'd be able to see the statue of liberty. i can't imagine what it would be like to be here. you're so close to being able to be free. whatever that would mean for you. but you were detained and this is what you were able to look at. our final stop in this
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"journey across america" is where it all began. >> jamestown, virginia where our country's first colonists landed on the shores of the new world. their struggles immense, but so was their strength and resolve and thanks to the perseverance of those pioneers, our nation is here today. >> the sacrifices of the early colonists here at jamestown, jamestown were to have collapsed, the world would have been a completely, completely different place. this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her she's agreed to give it up. that's today? we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. after the deliveries, i was ok. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. all these stops to take more pills can be a pain. can i get my aleve back? for my pain, i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap.
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>> it is really first america, and people don't quite remember that, and i think that we should. >> when we think of the first people who came to america though, we also think of the pilgrims. when did these know the very first. this is the first permanent english settlement, and plymouth is 1620. >> and without a strong intuition from archaeologist dr.
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william kelso, we may not know much about the first settlers, because many thought they were underwater, but dr. kelso had a hunch, and luckily for us, he followed it. >> well, i came to the spot on a tour with a park ranger, and i saw an exposed bank with where you could see the soil layers and one of them was a dark l layerrier. there were artifacts sticking out. and i was not an arkle yol gist at the time, and i said, that is pretty cool. so i asked the ranger where where is the fort? he said, it is washed into the river. and i said what about the ark? he could not answer me. >> without you you toing that, would it be found? >> no, there was a feeling of don't disturb the past. >> but you had a different feeling? >> yes, i thought it was time to catch the brass ring. >> and that decision to deep dig
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deeper is to link into the past. and now dr. kelso is part of the jamestown proskwekt y. he is in a project to find out what happened here with those men who landed here four centuries ago. his goal is to bring it back >> bring us back to the very first people who arrived here in 1607. who were they, why did they come? >> well, there were 100 more who made it to jamestown to be settlers, to be living here. they thought this was a land of gold and silver. they really believed that. >> but they would soon learn their very existence in the new world faced many threats. instead of the land of gold andn silver, it was the land of disease, starvation and death. >> mostly were just dying of hunger, because it took them five months to get here instead of five weeks, as they had
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planned, so they usedo up all their provisions on their way. >> they were drinking water from the jamestown river. which in the spring it runs clear andnd 23resh but as the spring goes on, it becomes salty. >> what was more deadly? the bad water and the tough environment or the native american tribes? >> well, they're starving, the natives, too? >> is that because they weren't good hunters? they didn't know what to do? >> well, eventually they were kept in the fort. they couldn't venture beyond the island to find food and water. >> and fishing? >> the boats were rotted. >> everything they tried -- >> everything. it was like the worst storm of bad luck. >> very first winter for the settlers, what was that like?
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>> the first winter was pretty brutal but a far more difficult winter was coming up in two years. >> that deadly winter of 1609 became known as the starving time. and what is that time for the settlers? >> the relations with the indians started to go sour and pretty fast in 1609, add the colonists were more demanding trying to get food. >> the food sellers no longer of --fo cellars were of no use.s >> we're in the zmaert of the fort where we have found an early kitchen. >> can we go down there? >> yes. let's go. >> this is the kitchen?ov
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>> you're looking at the bricks of the oven.or this is a cath that goes back r. further. >> even thoughd this was a kitchen where someone could be working in 1608, by 1609 or 1610, it was not used as a kitchen. >> a lot died and only about 60 surviv survived. >> dherp forced to eat their dogs, their horses, and worse. >> it's your belief that now we know it was such a desperate time that they had to resort to can bammism to survive? >> exactly. this is not a ritual.m, this is survival cannibalism. we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it took place here in the winter. >> how do you know? >> we found a level of soil, we found a mandible, a jawbone. we found part -- frag meanted
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skull or cranium and we found a tibia, which is your shin bone. and these belonged to a young english woman, about 14 years oe age when she died.d we saw the same markings on her bones as we had seen on the dogs and the horse, which were evidence of processing, basically. she was without a doubt eaten. >> the struggles at jamestown wereal very real but there were some glimmers of hope in this newly form society. f obviously the first several years in this settlement were tremendously hadifficult. what about new life? what about children? there were women and men here.ey they started families, didn't they? >> there were children here pretty early onis and some of tm made it to adulthood. the colony survives. >> the men who fought, the stories of families that 230r78d, now unearthed by piecing together treasures under
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the soil. the fabric of our existence todayne discovered by overturni one stone at a time. >> to make that discovery and really have an idea of what these folks went through, what kind of thoughts -- >> we do get this connection with these guys. we see everything they ate. we see the ceramics, the glass, everything they left etbehind. what comes together is a more complete picture of what life was like here at did fort. w >> you had the feeling that without them america wouldn't be what it is today?ut >> yeah. without the sacrifices of the early colonists here at jamestown, if jamestown were to have collapsed, the world would have been a completely, completely different place. i don't think you or i would be standing here today. >> those first steps taken by our earliest ancestors, a far where the nation is today, but so many americans work hard today to make this the land of the today to mak
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land of the free. i'm here at my house, on thanksgiving day and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. . >> i'm here at high house on thanksgiving. i have a massive heart attack. you're not indestructible anymore.
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