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  • 2004 President Debate
  • 2004 Vice Presidential Debate - Case Western Reserve University, Oct.6
  • 2004 Vice Presidential Debate: V.P. Cheney And John Edwards
  • 2004 U.S. Presidential Election Bush/Kerry Campaign Ads
  • African Contributions To U.S. History: African History And African-American Society
  • American Experience Eleanor Roosevelt, The
  • American Experience: Citizen King
  • American Experience: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
  • Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
  • Biography Of America
  • Boy Students (English) & Chinese Experience
  • Chinese Americans - Multicultural Peoples North American
  • Civil Rights Movement in the United States, The (CD)
  • Civil War, The 
  • Congress: The History And Promise Of Representative Government
  • Democracy In America
  • DOS Women's History Month Event with Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Patricia S. Harrison and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Andrea Mitchell
  • Framework for Democracy
  • Freedom: A History Of United States
  • Hump Course (DVD)
  • I Will Fight No More Forever - The Heroic, Tragic Story Of The Nez Perce Indians AndTheir Leader
  • John F. Kennedy: Years Of Lightning, Day Of Drums
  • Jubilee Singers - Sacrifice And Glory
  • Korean War, The
  • Not For Ourselves Alone - The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton And Susan B. Anthony
  • Our Federal Government
  • Shanghai Ghetto
  • She Says: Women In News
  • Statue Of Liberty
  • To Honor and Remember: September 11, 2001
  • U.S. Immigrants: A Multi-Culture Journey
  • Untold West, The 
  • The Winds Of Time - A History Of The Anasazi Culture
  • Women First & Foremost
  • WWII (DVDs)

 

1812: The Forgotten War

An exciting, action re-enactments of the war of 1812 including Musket and cannon battles, Hundreds of red-coated British and blue-jacketed Americans, Tall ships, Dragoons (Cavalry), and Native warriors. Also included are dramatic, informative interviews with over 50 expert re-enactors at 1812 battles and forts.

Part 1: A Matter of Marching (1812)
Part 2: Controlling the Lakes (1813)
Part 3: Flowers of the Forest (1814)

2004 President Debates

First Presidential Debate (President Bush & Senator John Kerry) September 30, 2004 in Miami, FL
2nd Presidential Debate (President Bush & Senator John Kerry)
3rd Presidential Debate (President Bush & Senator John Kerry)

 

 

2004 Vice Presidential Debate (VP Cheney and John Edwards)
2004 Vice Presidential Debate-Case Western Reserve University,

2004 U.S. Presidential Election Bush/Kerry Campaign ADS

 

African Contributions to U.S. History: African History and African-American Society

Discover the far-reaching influence of Africans throughout U.S. History in this documentary; and explore African-American’s involvement in government, business, education, labor, law, the arts, and science.

 

The American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt

For more than thirty years, Eleanor Roosevelt was America’s most powerful woman. Millions adored her, but her FBI file was thicker than a stack of phone books. She spoke out fearlessly for civil rights, fought for social justice and took a lead role in the United Nations landmark Declaration of Human Rights. She helped FDR rise to power and was one of his most valuable political assets, but the media satirized her as an ugly busybody. This documentary draws on interviews with her closest surviving relatives, friends and biographers, revealing the hidden dimensions of one of the century’s most influential women. 

 

American Experience: Citizen King

On a steamy afternoon in August 1963, the thirty-four-year-old minister, Martin Luther King JR., gave a speech that enthralled a crowd of more than two hundred thousand people gathered at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, and millions more across the country who watched on television.  With passion and precision, he proclaimed his vision of a nation free of racism, declaring, “ Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s Children.”  What came to be known as the “ I Have A Dream” speech was a high point in the public career of Martin Luther King, JR.  But it was also a turning point in his personal life, as he embarked on a controversial, often lonely struggle to redefine and redirect the movement he had helped lead.  The quest would not end until his untimely death five years later.

Citizen King explores the last five years in King’s life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians.

 

American Experience: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

In March 1931, a freight train crowded with homeless and jobless hoboes left Chattanooga, Tennessee, bound for points west. A short time after it crossed into Alabama, a fight erupted between two groups of hoboes–one black and one white. The train was stopped by an armed posse in the tiny town of Paint Rock, Alabama. Before anyone knew what had happened, two white women stepped from the shadows of a boxcar to make a shocking accusation: nine black teenagers aboard the train had raped them. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. Before it was over, the Scottsboro affair–so-named for the little Alabama town where the nine were put on trial for their lives - would divide Americans along racial, political, and geographic lines. It would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions, and give birth to the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience

What does it mean to become American? What is lost and what is gained in the process? Bill Moyers explores these questions through the experience of the Chinese in America. He interviews historians, descendants, and recent immigrants. This program presents intimate portraits of the new Chinese Americans who face a struggle common to so many immigrants: loosing some of their old culture in order to embrace their adopted America.

A. Gold Mountain Dreams

In the 1840s, civil war and famine in southern China drove thousands of young men to seek their fortune in the California Gold Rush. This program traces the Chinese experience in America, from their welcome in San Francisco as "celestial men of commerce," through the Gold Rush and building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act banning their entry into this country. The program rediscovers the all-but-forgotten role of the Chinese and tells their stories through the lives of individuals using photos, artifacts, and interviews with descendants and historians.

B. Between Two Worlds

In the early 1880s, abetted by the Chinese Exclusion Act, a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment swept across America. This program examines the exclusion years through the stories of Chinese Americans and their families who were kept apart by both ancient Chinese custom and U.S. law. The law of the land, which separated these families, also provided relief as Chinese Americans turned to the courts for justice.

C. No Turning Back

The new immigration laws of 1965 were a turning point for the Chinese in America and allowed a new wave of immigrants to enter the country. Chinese American life has flourished in the years since.

Biography of America

This is a university level course in American history taught by Donald L. Miller, professor of history at Lafayette College. Supporting Miller is an impressive team of historians who gather to discuss the particular material to be covered. The series is amply
illustrated with paintings, still photographs, motion picture footage, maps, and editorial cartoons.

New World Encounters
Professor Miller introduces A Biography of America and its team of historians. The program looks at the beginnings of America.

English Settlement
As the American character begins to take shape in the early seventeenth century, English settlements develop in New England and Virginia. Their personalities are dramatically different. Professor Miller explores the origins of values, cultures, and economies that have collided in the North and South throughout the American story.

Growth and Empire
As the merchant class grows in the North, the economies of southern colonies are built on the shoulders of the slave trade.  Professor Miller brings the American story to 1763.

The Coming of Independence
Professor Maier tells the story of how the English-loving colonist transforms into the freedom-loving American rebel. The luminaries of the early days of the Republic — Washington, Jefferson, and Adams are featured.

A New System of Government
After the War for Independence, the struggle for a new system of government begins. Professor Maier looks at the creation of the Constitution of the United States.

Westward Expansion
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the size of the United States doubles with the Louisiana Purchase. The Mississippi River becomes the country’s central
artery; and Jefferson’s vision of an Empire of Liberty begins to take shape. The historians examine the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase.

The Rise of Capitalism
Individual enterprise merges with technological innovation to launch the Commercial Revolution — the seedbed of American industry.

The Reform Impulse
The Industrial Revolution has its dark side, and the tumultuous events of the period touch off intense and often thrilling reform movements: the abolitionist
movement, the women’s movement, and a powerful wave of religious fervor.

Slavery
While the North develops an industrial economy and culture, the South develops a
slave culture and economy, and the great rift between the regions becomes unreachable.

The Coming of the Civil War
Simmering regional differences ignite an all-out crisis in the 1850s.

The Civil War
As the Civil War rages, all eyes turn to Vicksburg, where limited war becomes total war. Professor Miller looks at the ferocity of the fighting, at Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and at the bitter legacy of the battle—and the war.

Reconstruction
With the assassination of President Lincoln, one sad chapter of American
history comes to a close. In the fatigue and cynicism of the Civil War’s aftermath,
Reconstructionism becomes a promise unfulfilled.

America at The Centennial
As America celebrates its centennial, 5 million people descend on Philadelphia to celebrate America’s technological achievements, but some of the early principles
of the Republic remain unrealized.

Industrial Supremacy
Steel and stockyards are featured in this program as the mighty engine of industrialism thunders forward. The story of the American Industrial Revolution in New York and Chicago continues, we look at the lives of Andrew Carnegie, Gustavus Swift, and the countless workers in the packinghouse and on the factory
floor.

The New City
Professor Miller explores the tension between the messy vitality of cities that grow on their own and those where orderly growth is planned.

The West
Railroads and ranchers, rabblerousers and racists populate America’s distant
frontiers, and Native Americans are displaced from their homelands. Feminists gain a foothold in their fight for the right to vote, while farmers organize and the Populist Party appears on the American political landscape.

Capital and Labor
The making of money pits laborers against the forces of capital as the twentieth century opens.

TR and Wilson
Professor Brinkley compares the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson — the Warrior and the Minister in the first decades of the twentieth century.

A Vital Progressivism
In a discussion with Professors Scharff and Miller, the struggles of Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans are placed in the context of the traditional white Progressive movement.

The Twenties
The Roaring Twenties take to the road in Henry Ford’s landscape-altering invention the Model T. Ford’s moving assembly line, the emergence of a consumer culture is explored.

FDR and the Depression
Brinkley paints a picture of America during the Depression and chronicles some of Roosevelt’s programmatic and personal efforts to help the country through its
worst economic crisis. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is at FDR’s side.

World War II
America is enveloped in total war, from mobilization on the home front to a
scorching air war in Europe.

The Fifties
World War II is fought to its bitter end in the Pacific and the world lives with
the legacy of its final moment: the atomic bomb. The GI Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War, and rock 'n' roll are discussed.

The Sixties
Stories of the Civil Rights movement along with stories of the Vietnam War
and Watergate create a portrait of a decade. Lyndon Johnson emerges as a pivotal character.

Contemporary History
The entire team of historians joins Professor Miller in examining the last quarter of the twentieth century. The discussion is of the period—and of the difficulty of examining contemporary history with true historical perspective.

The Redemptive Imagination
Storytelling and its power forges with memory to become the foundation of history. Novelists Charles Johnson (Middle Passage), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha), and Esmeralda Santiago (America’s Dream) discuss the intersection of history and story. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., closes the series with a reflection on the power of the human imagination.

Boy Students

A 2004 CCTV production.  From 1872-1875, the Qing government dispatched 4 student delegations, in total 120 students, to America. Their average age was only 12. Hence history remembers them by a common title: Boy Students.

 

Chinese Americans - Multicultural Peoples North American

This tape celebrates the heritage of Chinese cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and who they are today.

Civil Rights Movement in the United States, The (CD)

Civil War, The (CD)

Hailed as a film masterpiece and landmark in historical storytelling, Ken Burn’s epic documentary brings to life America's most destructive and defining conflict: the American Civil War. This 9-part series presents a comprehensive account of the war—from battlefields to the home fronts, from the politicians and generals to the enlisted men and their families, from the causes of the war and the opening guns at Fort Sumter to the stillness at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination and beyond.

The Civil War - The Cause 1861
The Civil War - A Very Bloody Affair 1862
The Civil War - Forever Free 1862
The Civil War - Simply Murder 1863
The Civil War - The Universe of Battle 1863
The Civil War - Valley of The Shadow of Death 1864
The Civil War - Most Hallowed Ground 1864
The Civil War - War is All Hell 1865
The Civil War - The Better Angels of Our Nature 1865

The Congress: The HIstory and Promise of Representative Government

For 200 Years, The United States Congress has been one of the country’s most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant, thoughtful and often touching portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this unique American institution. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews with David Broder, Alistair Cooke, Cokie Roberts, Charles McDowell and others, the film chronicles the personalities, events and issues that have animated the first 200 years of Congress and, in turn, our country.

Democracy in America

Democracy in America, a video resource for teachersof civics, showing examples of democracy in action.

1. Citizenship: Making Government Work
This program introduces basic concepts of government, politics, and citizenship. It explores the tension between maintaining order and preserving freedoms, the essential role of politics in addressing the will of the people, and the need for citizens to participate in order to make democracy work.

2. The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?
This program examines the search for balance between the original Constitution and the need to interpret and adjust it to meet the needs of changing times. It
explains the original Jeffersonian-Madisonian debate, the concept of checks and balances, and the stringent procedures for amending the Constitution.

3. Federalism: U.S. v. the States
This program explores federalism as a Constitutional compromise, especially in terms of present-day conflicts between people who believe that power should reside primarily in the national government and those who want government authority retained within the states.

4.Civil Liberties: Safeguarding the Individual
This program examines the First, Fourth, and Sixth Constitutional Amendments to show how the Bill of Rights protects individual citizens from excessive or arbitrary government interference, yet, contrary to the belief of many Americans, does not grant unlimited rights.

5. Civil Rights: Demanding Equality
This program looks at the nature of the guarantees of political and social equality, and the roles that individuals and government have played in expanding these guarantees to less-protected segments of society, such as African Americans,
women, and the disabled.

6. Legislatures: Laying Down the Law
This program explores the idea that legislatures, although contentious bodies, are institutions composed of men and women who make representative democracy work by reflecting and reconciling the wide diversity of views held by Americans.

7. The Modern Presidency: Tools of Power
This program shows that the American Presidency has been transformed since the 1930s. Today, presidents are overtly active in the legislative process: they use the media to appeal directly to the people and they exercise leadership over an
“institutional presidency” with thousands of aides.

8. Bureaucracy: A Controversial Necessity
This program reveals how the American bureaucracy delivers significant services directly to the people, how it has expanded in response to citizen demands for increased government services, and how bureaucrats sometimes face contradictory expectations that are difficult to satisfy.

9. The Courts: Our Rule of Law
This program examines the role of courts as institutions dedicated to conflict resolution, with the power both to apply and to interpret the meaning of law in trial and appeal courts. It shows the increased power of the Supreme Court through its use of judicial review and the difficulty of creating a judiciary
that is independent of politics.

10. The Media: Inside Story
This program explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting the scrutiny they impose on the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news.

11. Public Opinion: Voice of the People
This program examines the power of public opinion to influence government policy, the increasing tendency of public officials to rely on polls, and the
need to use many forms of feedback to get an accurate measure of public opinion.

12. Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents
This program shows how political parties perform important functions that link the public to the institutions of American government. Parties create coalitions of
citizens who share political goals, elect candidates to public office to achieve those goals, and organize the legislative and executive branches of government.

13. Elections: The Maintenance of Democracy
This program explores the crucial role of strategy in the two-stage electoral campaign system; the opportunities for citizens to choose, organize, and elect candidates who will pursue policies they favor; and the need for campaigns to increase voter turnout by educating citizens about the importance and influence of their vote.

14. Interest Groups: Organizing To Influence
This program shows how America’s large number of corporate, citizen-action, and grass-roots interest groups enhance our representative process by
giving citizens a role in shaping policy agendas.

15. Global Politics: U.S.A. and the World
This program examines the need for the United States to use the tools of foreign policy in ways that recognize the growing interdependence of nations implementing both traditional and new forms of military, trade, and diplomatic strategies to promote benefits for America and the world as a whole.

 

DOS Women's History Month Event

With Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Patricia S. Harrison and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Andrea Mitchell

 

Framework for Democracy

This series demystifies the vagaries of a democratic government in the 21st century. Created for a university audience, it probes the concepts basic to an introductory course in American government. It is linked with Harvard University historian, Tom Patterson’s textbook, “We the People,” published by McGraw-Hill. Concepts are illustrated with
case studies and interviews with leading scholars and politically engaged citizens, respected politicians and policymakers such as David Gergen, Mike McCurry, and Mickey Edwards among others. Featured topics include: American political culture and ideology; development of our constitutional democracy; the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government; granting civil liberties and civil rights; the electoral process and
voter participation; interest groups; public opinion and the media in politics; and the creation of economic, social and foreign policy.


1. American Heritage - American politics today cannot be understood apart from the nation’s heritage. This episode examines the key principles that have shaped American politics since the country’s earliest years.

2. The American Experiment - This narrative story of the settlement and early days of the colonies culminates in the fight for independence and the evolution of a constitutional framework of government for the new United States.

3. The Living Constitution - The Constitution in contemporary terms reveals a short document-7,000 words long. Only thirty-three of the more than 11,000 amendments that have been proposed have been approved by Congress. Twenty-seven have been ratified. Nevertheless, the Constitution is an unfinished work.

4. A Question of Sovereignty - One national government; fifty state governments; town, city, and county governments - there are various ways of ordering relations between central governments and local units. Federalism is one of them. Understanding federalism and how it differs from other forms of government is critical to understanding the American political system.

5. The Most Basic of Rights - Without government, people live in a state of anarchy. With unbridled government, men and women may live in a state of tyranny. The civil liberties imbedded in the Bill of Rights place specific limitations on governmental power.

6. Rights of the Accused - Because the United States has a high violent crime rate, it is not surprising, therefore, that many citizens have strong opinions about the rights of the accused. At the center of this discussion are the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution - amendments that specifically address the rights of criminal defendants.

7. The Struggle for Equality - In this program we examine the rights of minority groups, and their struggle for equal treatment in the United States.

8. Frames of Reference - The United States is a country marked by divergent political views. Public opinion plays a powerful role in the politics of this country. In fact, public opinion surveys have become a permanent fixture of the political scene.

9. Voice of the People - Americans attach great significance to the right to vote. In addition to voting, citizens participate in the political process through community and campaign activities, and by participating in social movements and protests.

10. Party Politics - The patterns of party politics in the United States provide a fascinating platform from which to view American political history. Divergent interests join with others in creating a common political agenda, often under the Republican or Democrat banner.

11. Campaign Trail - Today, party organizations are alive and well in America, but they are no longer the driving force in contemporary campaigns. This episode looks at organizing and financing campaigns through the eyes of candidates, strategists, managers and critics.

12. Pressure Politics - The degree to which Americans form groups to solve civic problems and lobby for their economic or political interests is unique among the nations of the world. The structure of government, particularly at the local level, invites public participation.

13. The Fourth Estate - On a daily basis, more Americans connect to politics through the news media than through the activities of parties or groups. The press brings events and problems into public view, serves as a channel through which political leaders can address the public, and scrutinizes political behavior.

14. The First Branch - The founders of the American republic believed that the bulk of power exercised by a national government should be in the hands of the legislature. This episode follows three current and past members of Congress and examines the differences between the ways the Senate and House of Representatives operate.

15. Government by Committee - Most of the actual work of legislating is performed by the committees and subcommittees within Congress. This episode explores the various routes bills may take before being enacted into law.

16. The Glorious Burden - This episode explores the foundations of the modern presidency, and takes viewers from the campaign for nomination to staffing the executive branch of government.

17. Leader for a Nation - Without congressional authorization and funding, most presidential proposals are nothing but ideas, empty of action. Whether a president’s initiatives are likely to succeed or fail depends on several factors, including the stage of the president’s term, the president’s support in Congress, and the level of public support for the president’s leadership.

18. The Federal Workplace - Modern government would be impossible without a
bureaucracy. Yet the bureaucracy is also a problem. Today’s civil servants, governed by stringent rules and regulations, are encumbered by regulatory impediments that would appall their private sector counterparts.

19. The Power Imperative - Although agencies are subject to scrutiny by the president, Congress, and the judiciary, bureaucrats are able to achieve power in their own right. This episode depicts the nature of the federal bureaucracy and the politics that surround it.

20. The Rule of Nine - The writers of the Constitution were determined that the judiciary be a separate branch of the federal government but, for practical reasons, did not spell out the full structure of the federal court system.

21. Legal Precedent - In recent years the judiciary has become an increasingly powerful policymaking body. The courts have considerable discretion in the way they interpret these laws. This episode probes contemporary questions regarding the federal judiciary, including the debate surrounding originalism, textualism, judicial review, and judicial activism.

22. Balancing Act - This episode focuses on the economic role of government: its promotion and regulation of economic interests; its fiscal and monetary policies; the politics of economic decision making; and the management of the
public debt.

23. The Nation’s Welfare - What, exactly, the government’s role should be in alleviating poverty, a problem that affects about one in seven Americans, is an intensely debated, partisan issue.

24. Health of the Nation; Health of the Planet - This episode looks at various governmental attempts to insure a “healthy” America. Issues discussed range from the work of various research agencies and regulatory units, to specific governmental programs, like Medicare and Medicaid.

25. Global Politics - This episode takes a close look at the foreign policy of the United States and shares the first-hand experiences of those who were involved in its formulation.

26. Preserve, Protect, and Defend - Since September 11, 2001, the protection and defense of the United States has occupied center stage. This episode not only looks at the nation’s response to the terrorist attacks, but also examines the defense and “peace keeping” policy of the country in the post-Cold War era.

 

Freedom: A History of the United States

A. Independence

The episode begins by examining how the terrorist attacks of September 11th sparked a renewed focus on freedom. The program then takes us back to the summer of 1776, exploring the escalating conflict with Great Britain, including the Boston Tea Party. America's founding fathers such as George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all play roles in the fight for liberty.

B. Revolution

Colonial Americans fight together to defeat the world's most awesome military power. Then they strive to create a new kind of government that will live up to their high ideals.

C. Liberty for All?

America was founded as a free land in which people could live out their own destinies, but it came at a terrible cost to Native Americans. The Pilgrims laid the groundwork for religious freedom, while the Puritan-led Salem Witch Trials were a frightening reminder of superstition and intolerance.

D. Wake Up America

In this episode we see a nation in love with progress. Innovations include steamboats, the Erie Canal, and the first railroads. The Industrial Revolution brings Americans new leisure and personal freedom -- but there is a dark side to the story for factory workers and women.

E. A Fatal Contradiction

The Declaration of Independence stated "all men are created equal," but the nation's slaves were a glaring exception. This episode explores the role of Frederick Douglass, and looks at the impact of the Lincoln-Douglass debates on the westward expansion of slavery. It ends with Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency.

F. A War to End Slavery

Heroic soldiers in blue and gray endure the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil, as the country fights a civil war over the future of slavery.

G. What is Freedom?

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Reconstruction begins as a time of great hope for the devastated South. When political turmoil continues and the Reconstruction efforts fail, a new era of segregation begins.

H. Whose Land is This?

The nation seethes with racial conflict as immigrants increasingly become targets of prejudice, and as settlers and soldiers massacre Western Indians and force them onto reservations. As European freedom-seekers continue to pour into America through Ellis Island, the Supreme Court finally rules that non-citizens are due equal protection under the law.

I. Working for Freedom

As industrial progress continues and the gap between the rich and poor widens, a new labor movement emerges to advocate for workers' rights.

J. Yearning to Breathe Free

Mother Jones brings the child labor issue to the forefront of the nation's consciousness, and Jane Addams, America's first social worker, creates Hull House. Ida Tarbell exposes the abuses of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company.

K. Safe for Democracy

With help from the Wright brothers' introduction of the airplane, the country begins to soar. Woodrow Wilson and America reluctantly join the fight in World War I, while on the home front, women at last get the right to vote. The twenties roar with new levels of personal freedom.

L. Depression and War

With Black Thursday and the collapse of the stock market, America heads into the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt builds a New Deal, while, overseas, Adolf Hitler rises to power and invades Poland.

M. Democracy and Struggles

As the Iron Curtain falls and the Cold War begins, fear of communism spreads through the country, sparking Joseph McCarthy's communist witch-hunts. At the same time, the U.S. finally faces up to racial separatism when the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education outlaws segregation.

N. Let Freedom Ring

The Civil Rights movement becomes the most effective social movement in U.S. history. Little Rock's high school is integrated. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States.

O. Marching to Freedom Land

The 1960s bring new progress in the quest for freedom, but this is also an explosive decade that threatens to tear apart the fabric of society.

P. Becoming Free

America continues to make tremendous strides through the prosperity of the 1980s, 1990s and into the new millennium. The nation's mettle is severely tested by the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

 

Hump Course (DVD)

A Yunnan TV production with declassified information about Hump Course operated by China and the United States from 1942 to 1945 to transport military goods such as oil to Southwest China.

 

I Will Fight No More Forever - The Heroic, Tragic Story Of The Nez Perce Indians And Their Leader

This reenactment accurately portrays the plight of the Nez Perce in their 1700 mile, 108 day fighting retreat.

 

John F. Kennedy: Years Of Lightning, Day of Drums

Kennedy is the American hero who had "years of lightning" before his life was ended and remembered in a "day of drums" funeral. The film is structured around the "six faces" of the new frontier: the peace corps, conquest of space, alliance for progress, civil rights, freedom, peace.

 

Jubilee Singers - Sacrifice And Glory

In 1871, a chorus of nice black students set off from Nashville, Tennessee on a desperate journey to save their school from bankruptcy. Established after the Civil War, Fisk University mission was to prepare former slaves to meet the challenges of freedom. The prospect of losing Fisk was devastating. The students’ plan "to sing the money out the hearts and pockets of the people" was uncertain.

The Korean War

This comprehensive 4-part series explores origins, conduct, military strategies and political implications of this pivotal struggle in unprecedented detail.

The Korean War - Volume 1
The Korean War - Volume 2
The Korean War - Volume 3
The Korean War - Volume 4

 

Not For Ourselves Alone - The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton And Susan B. Anthony

This documentary tells the story of the two American women who were the impetus behind the 19th Amendment to the Constitution - "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

 

Our Federal Government

This four part series explains the three branches of ur government. Each program presents the specific functions of the branches and how each overlaps the other. Completing this series is the program on the presidential election process.

1. The Presidency - This program explores the Presidency, its influence and power, and its relationship to the Legislative and Judicial Branches.

2. The Legislative Branch - The authors of the Constitution established Congress, the legislative branch. Congress is an arena for expressing opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, and for compromise. This program examines the role of Congress, its organization, powers and
responsibilities, and requirements to serve.

3. The Supreme Court - People have often had to struggle and protest to achieve their rights. The Supreme Court is the branch of government to make sure the ideal of equal justice under the law is upheld in practice.

4. Electing a President: The Process - From the early days of presidential elections to the Florida Bush/Gore election recount fiasco, students will see first hand how the election process operates. This program explains the oftentimes confusing popular vote versus the electoral vote.

 

Shanghai Ghetto

Shanghai Ghetto is a feature length documentary shot in modern Shanghai where most of the Jewish Ghetto remains unchanged. The film tells the little known story of the Jewish refugees, their relationships with the local Chinese and with the occupying Japanese army, the attempts of the American Jewish community to help the refugees, the rich cultural life they have constructed under great hardship, and the tragedy of their relatives who stayed behind in Europe.

 

She Says: Women In News

SHE SAYS: WOMEN IN NEWS, examines how American women in the news business have
changed journalism, the culture and the world. Ten of America’s most powerful and innovative television, radio and print journalists are featured – from Helen Thomas, the first female dean of the White House Press Corps, to Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist at the New York Times.

 

Statue of Liberty

This documentary tells two stories – that of the making of a remarkable work of art, the Statue of Liberty, and also the story of the idea of liberty. For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this compelling portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the story
of this universally admired monument is told. Although this program is 18 years old, its style, content, and quality is evergreen. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life.

 

To Honor and Remember: September 11, 2001

 

U.S. Immigrants: A Multi-Culture Journey

Take a historical look at immigration into the U.S. over the millennia. This program emphasizes the important point that everyone in America immigrated from another part of the world – even the "native" peoples.

 

Untold West, The

Hot On the Trail - Uncovers sizzling details of passion on the prairie, where tobacco was packaged with bonus "girlie cards" and infamous Calamity Jane galloped through 12 husbands.

Outlaws, Rebels and Rogues - A funny and fast-paced look at whether the Wild West’s baddest bad guys– like Billy the Kid– were deadly desperados or just desperate for media attention.

The Black West - The little known truth about Afro-American pioneers as farmers, outlaws, entrepreneurs and the cowboys who taught Teddy Roosevelt how to break a horse and Will Rogers his first rope trick.

 

The Winds of Time - A History of the Anasazi Culture

The canyons of Southern Utah and the Four Corners region echo with history. This documentary takes an in depth look at an early civilization, highlighting the Anasazi’s culture, the means by they lived in harmony with the environment, and their sophisticated archaeological dwellings.

 

Women First & Foremost

Volume 1 – Remember the Ladies

This is quite a story. For there are some stories that rise beyond their deeds. There are some stories that are so individually significant that they speak for an entire area of history.

Imagine trying to become the first woman doctor, or being a slave woman who helped lead over three hundred others to freedom, or daring simply to write of an equality and a freedom that seemed so natural and yet was left out of the Declaration of Independence.
 
Within the individual stories of the progress and accomplishments of a history of women, one can only illustrate by example and hope that their courage, against often incredible odds, leads to an understanding of some of the ladies who with wit, perseverance and strong determination, enlighten us about women earning their place in the pages of history.

Volume 2 – Touching the Clouds with Pen and Plane

Robert Shurtleff fought with the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment during the American Revolution, suffering at least two wounds in battle. While this is hardly worth anything in our history books, what is worth nothing is that Robert Shurtleff was a woman… a courageous young woman named Deborah Gannett who fought bravely disguised as a man.
History by its expansive nature is selective. Perhaps, in the case of women, a bit too selective. Deborah Gannett is joined by generations of women who distinguished themselves in every phase of social accomplishment.
 
From Journalism to soaring above the clouds, in the stories of a few who accomplished so much, we find examples of that unique strength of character that allowed so many women to go beyond the boundaries of society.
 
Volume 3 – A Lady in the Spotlight

The lights dim, and across the silver screens of the world come the flickering image of a lady. She is a movie star. In our movie stars, and in the entertainment industry as a whole, many women have worked to achieve a unique place in shaping the cultural lore of history. For no one has had the influence on what we wear, how we talk, and often, how we simply perceive this world, as did, and do, the ladies who shape and appear in films, on stage and on our television screens.
 
Whether it is the first female film director, a leading Broadway lyricist, the first woman network co-anchor, or so many shining stars, we find example after example of women who fought the odds toward achievement and in doing so left a forever mark on the cultural development of society.


WWII-Battle of China (DVD)

WWII-China Crisis (DVD)

WWII-Stilwell Road, The (DVD)