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African American Lives

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A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Lincoln

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Captures the drama of Lincoln in his own words. Drawn from letters, speeches and diaries, Lincoln's words are brought to life by the voice of actor, Jason Robards. Uses historic black and white photographs to portray Lincoln and the period of the Civil War in American history.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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The American President

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Ten one-hour documentaries that focus on different aspects of character and governing style of the men who have served as president of the United States.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Violence, an American Tradition

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From the punishment of defenseless Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, to the domestic and racially motivated assaults that run rampant today, American history is permeated by acts of violence. Using archival photos and footage, as well as the words of both historical figures and current experts in sociology, medicine, and history, this program explores the recurring patterns of violence that have emerged in our society as a result of insurrection, anger, prejudice and ignorance--Container.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Mandate: The President and the People

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Examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Scholars explore decisive moments in the history of the presidency from George Washington to FDR.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The American President: Episode 1 Family Ties [electronic resource]

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The Founding Fathers had fought a war to rid themselves of a king. Yet, power inevitably passes from generation to generation. Several families have returned to the White House, with both the blessings and the curses of inherited power. This episode profiles John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, FDR and JFK.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 2 Happenstance [electronic resource]

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Nearly one in five American presidents has died in office. The vice presidents who succeeded them were often chosen because of their electoral advantage rather than their equality to the office of president. This episode profiles John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur and Harry Truman.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 3 an Independent Cast of Mind [electronic resource]

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Is an independent cast of mind the best approach to the presidency? Four men pursued a course to be presidents without being politicians. All had difficult presidencies. This episode profiles John Adams, Zachary Taylor, Rutherford B. Hayes and Jimmy Carter.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 4 the Professional Politician [electronic resource]

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At our nation's beginning, participation in political affairs was considered an honor and a duty, not a way of life. But by the 19th century, professional politicians were finding their way to the White House. This episode profiles Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln and LBJ.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 5 the American Way [electronic resource]

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No one is better positioned to express the idea that American national identity is less a condition than an idea than the President. There is an expectation that presidents will bring to the office a particularly strong sense of national mission. This episode profiles Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 6 the World Stage [electronic resource]

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The president's greatest responsibility is representing the nation on the world stage. From the very beginning, securing a stable world in which American interests can be defended and asserted has been a basic part of the presidency. This episode profiles James Monroe, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson and George Bush.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 8 Compromise Choices [electronic resource]

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With the rise of political parties came political compromise. Many nominees were selected because they were less offensive to some voters than those who might have been the better candidates. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. This episode profiles Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, Warren Harding and Gerald Ford.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 9 Expanding Power [electronic resource]

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The powers of the presidency have expanded with the growth of the nation, but the process has been anything but smooth. The prerogatives of the presidency are uncertain and their assertion contested. This episode profiles Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.
Online
2005; 2000
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The American President: Episode 10 the Balance of Power [electronic resource]

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As our constitutional system has developed, the cooperation between the branches has broken down at crucial junctures. This episode examines presidential leadership in an era of an increasingly divided government. Profiles James Madison, James K. Polk, William H. Taft and Bill Clinton.
Online
2005; 2000
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 1 Independence [electronic resource]

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Part of a documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. In episode 1, the colonists in America decide to stake everything on an armed struggle for freedom and a chance to build a new kind of nation.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 2 Revolution [electronic resource]

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Episode two of a documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. After defeating the world's most awesome military power, Americans turn to the task of creating a government that will live up to their high ideals. Concludes with a look at the unknown West through the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 3 Liberty for All? [electronic resource]

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America was founded as a free land in which people could live out their own destiny but at what cost to Native Americans?
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 10 Yearning to Breathe Free [electronic resource]

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The newly unveiled Statue of Liberty symbolizes all that is best in America, inspiring an era of reform and compassion. Looks at the work of Susan B. Anthony and women's suffrage, child labor, John Muir, Ida Tarbell and her exposure of abuses by Rockefeller's Standard Oil, and Jane Addams, the first American social worker.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 4 Wake Up, America [electronic resource]

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The Industrial Revolution brings Americans new leisure and personal freedom, but also mounting problems to factory workers, including children.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 5 a Fatal Contradiction [electronic resource]

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The Declaration of Independence declares, "All men are created equal," but there is a glaring exception -- America's slaves.
Online
2005; 2003