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The Golden Door [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This program follows Manuel, a Mexican migrant worker who cannot reveal his last name. He is just one of millions of Mexicans who illegally cross America's borders every year. It's a dangerous journey, but for most, America offers their best chance for economic survival. The film offers an historical perspective of early Mexican immigration, to the Norwegian immigrants in the Midwest, and to the Irish - covering more than 350 years of American history.
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60 min.
8 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 22, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Destination America
  • Introduction: The Golden Door (1:13)
  • America, the Best Opportunity (2:48)
  • U.S. Border Patrol (3:01)
  • Manuel's Departure (3:11)
  • The U.S., an Immigrant Nation (2:22)
  • Norwegians in the Midwest (2:08)
  • The First Norwegian Immigrants (2:43)
  • Father of Norwegian Immigration (2:19)
  • Journey to the Border (2:15)
  • Dangers of the Journey (2:27)
  • Choosing Factory Work (1:37)
  • Irish Potato Famine (3:34)
  • Mass Death in Ireland (1:31)
  • Irish Flee to America as a Last Resort (2:12)
  • Strangers in America (2:15)
  • Immigrants Built America (1:22)
  • Restricting Immigration (1:40)
  • Welcoming Mexicans (1:54)
  • Mexicans Expelled From the U.S. During the Great Depression (3:01)
  • Changes in WWI (2:16)
  • Keeping Mexican Roots Alive (2:46)
  • Helping Communities in Mexico (1:48)
  • America Divided on Immigration Issue (1:25)
  • 'I'll Take Whatever Comes'' (1:26)
  • Credits (0:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2005.
Publisher no.
  • 44222s Films Media Group
  • 44223 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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