Monday, April 8, 2013

The Vermont Way: Recent Episodes…

...and more on the way in 2013

The Vermont Way: Restless Spirits and Popular Movements tells the state’s unique story from the time before European settlers to the present day, with a special emphasis on movements and memorable people. It's a popular multi-media history and an exploration of the qualities, contradictions and traditions that have shaped Vermont’s path.
     More than a dozen episodes have been released to date, along with a live presentation that includes rare photos, dramatic stories and new film. The following excerpts are currently available:

The Parkway That Never Was  VTD  (also see The Vermont Movie)
The Road Not Taken (UVM talk) on Video

What is the Vermont Way? The term has been used to describe everything from the traditional way to make maple syrup and smart farming in general to a political campaign agenda and the ability to make something out of almost nothing. Sometimes it extends into the phrase “the Vermont way of life.” 
When he left the Republican Party Jim Jeffords said, “Independence is the Vermont Way.” In her autobiography Consuelo Northrup Bailey, the first female attorney admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and the first female lieutenant governor in the nation, said the character of Vermont was defined by “everyday, common, honest people who unknowingly salted down the Vermont way of life with a flavor peculiar only to the Green Mountains.”
     The subtitle refers to the focus on major political, economic and social events, trends and personalities. The Vermont Way describes the state’s delicate dance of sovereignty and solidarity, independence and mutual aid. Covering centuries, this cross-platform production includes unique stories, sketches of dozens of key figures, and original analysis that explains how the Vermont Way has evolved.
     Excerpts from Maverick Chronicles, a Vermont memoir in progress, are also available:

A comprehensive print edition is in development, featuring revealing insights about influential Vermonters, including revolutionary era leaders Matthew Lyon and Ethan Allen, Anti-Mason Governor William Palmer and feminist Clarina Nichols; railroad and marble tycoons, anti-slavery activists, major strikes and labor protests; Vermont-born Presidents Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge and progressive politicians James Burke and Ernest Gibson; portraits of Governors Phil Hoff, Tom Salmon, Richard Snelling, and Madeleine Kunin, as well as recent leaders like Bernie Sanders, Howard Dean, James Jeffords and Peter Clavelle. Plus, the story of the Vermonter who rescued America from McCarthy.

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