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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Confronting the Contradictions of America's Past

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Bill Moyers opens this edition of Moyers & Company with thoughts about the origins and lessons of Independence Day. We should remember, he says, that behind the Fourth of July holiday are human beings, like Thomas Jefferson, who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired, who espoused great humanistic ideals while behaving with reprehensible racial discrimination. That conflict - between what we know and how we live - is still a struggle in contemporary politics and society. Moyers also speaks with Khalil Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness, which connects American histories of race, crime, and the making of urban America to modern headlines. Muhammad and Moyers discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America's past.
Hosted by Bill Moyers.
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57 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 12, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Confronting the Contradictions of America's Past
Related Title
Moyers & company (Television program)
  • War Between Self and Truth (4:04)
  • The Schomburg Center (2:36)
  • History is Story Telling (2:13)
  • Justification for Inequality (4:03)
  • Analyzing Independence Day (1:36)
  • Rhetoric of Equality (2:43)
  • What Happened to Native Americans? (2:09)
  • Noble Savages (1:51)
  • Ownership Society (1:51)
  • Ignorance of the Past (3:19)
  • Tradition of Black Activism (3:33)
  • "Slavery By Another Name" (3:02)
  • Stop and Frisk (4:18)
  • Crime and Racial Stigma (4:39)
  • Birth of Modern Segregation (4:06)
  • Uniform Crime Reports (6:14)
  • Credits: Moyers & Company: Confronting the Contradictions of America's Past (2:18)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2012.
Recording Info
Broadcast dates: June 29, 2012, and August 17, 2012.
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50209 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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