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May 16th, 2012
“Mission U.S.”: A revolutionary way to learn history
Mission 1, “For Crown or Colony?,” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.
In Mission 2, “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?
These interactive learning games were produced by public television station THIRTEEN in conjunction with New York’s WNET, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other missions are planned for release in 2013 and 2014.