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1.

Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America's First Blockbuster

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"In 1915, African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement features commentary from Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), and numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic"--Case.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Gloucester 18: The Realities of Teen Pregnancy

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"When eighteen high school girls from Gloucester, Massachusetts were accused of making a pact to become pregnant in 2008, the mainstream media quickly perpetuated and sensationalized the story. The Gloucester 18 looks behind the headlines and hype to tell the real stories of these girls, putting a human face on a startling statistic: the fact that the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. Drawing on interviews with the girls, their families, high school counselors, physicians, and media personalities, the filmmakers unpack what really happened, while exploring the complicated emotional and practical challenges faced by teens on the brink of motherhood."--Container.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Boston Legal: Season One

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The professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.
DVD
2006
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School Ties

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David Greene, a popular student at an exclusive New England prep school, becomes the object of ridicule and scorn when his Jewish heritage is revealed, leading him to take the most important stand of his life.
VHS
1997; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Utopian Promise [electronic resource]

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Explores the utopian ideals of the Puritans and Quakers. Discusses John Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity" and Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, which reveal the Puritan view of themselves as God's chosen people. Explains how troubles in the New World and the Salem Witch Trials affected this utopian view. Introduces the Quakers and their commitment to nonviolence, tolerance, and inclusiveness. Discusses William Penn's "Letter to the Lenni Lenape Indians", and investigates the legacy of Penn's ideas. Explores how Puritan and Quaker ideals have affected modern American culture.
Online
2003
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Someone Sang for Me: A Portrait of Educator Jane Sapp

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Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need t [...]
Online
2002
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Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower

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From their self-imposed exile in Holland to their perilous crossing of the Atlantic, to their first year in the new world, Desperate Crossing is the definitive story of how the Pilgrims came to live and prosper in an unfamiliar land.
Online
2006
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Paul Revere, the Midnight Rider

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Discusses the real life of Paul Revere and the many contributions he made to his country.
Online
2005
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True Story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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Re-examines the 1921 case of Sacco and Vanzetti, the anarchists who were tried for murder and executed in Massachusetts. Discusses whether they were the victims of prejudice and a corrupt judicial system.
Online
1998
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Boston & Lexington [electronic resource]: Landmarks of the American Revolution

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Scenes of Boston and Lexington, two famous places in the American Revolution. Produced by the Ford Motor Company
Online
1923
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Top Secret America [electronic resource]: From 9/11 to the Boston Bombings

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the threat of terrorism again confronts Americans. More than a decade after 9/11 and hundreds of billions of dollars later, there are pressing questions about whether America's investment in its "terrorism industrial complex" has made us safer. In this program, FRONTLINE's Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest traces the journey from 9/11 to the Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against terrorism.
Online
2014; 2011
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The Keys to the Kingdom 1974-1980 [electronic resource]

In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case challenges that policy.
Online
2014; 1994
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Video Recordings From the Papers of Flora Crater 1987-2000.

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Titles include "200 years overdue" by the Minnesota Equal Rights Alliance; "NoVa-Now" ; "Girls Can!" by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation; "The Equal rights Amendment-Unfinished business for the Constitution"; "Step by step-Building a feminist movement, 1941-1977"; "Veteran feminists of America"; "The truth about Jane"; "Hidden victims: children of domestic violence"; "Not for ourselves alone--the story of elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" (introductory reel); "Keeping the door open: women and affirmative action"; "Who wants to be our president"; "Strong medicine--BRCA 1 & 2"; "Intimate portrait: Victoria Woodhull"; and "Confronting the crisis: childcare in America."; Recordings without specific titles include the Clarence Thomas hearin [...]
 
1987; 2000
Special Collections
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Shays' Rebellion [electronic resource]: America's First Civil War

In 1786, a Revolutionary War veteran named Daniel Shays, disenchanted by crushing debt and taxes, led an uprising against the government. This program examines Shays' Rebellion, as it came to be called, and the chaotic post-war era that inspired it. General George Washington's return to public life to fill the nation's power vacuum is addressed as well.
Online
1996
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The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

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The story of the first officially sanctioned regiment of northern Black soldiers formed in Boston during the Civil War.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Murder on Abortion Row

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Covers the murders at two abortion clinics in Brookline, Mass. The parallel lives of John Salvi and Shannon Lowney are reviewed until their fatal intersection when Salvi stepped into the clinic and shot Lowney and Leeanne Nichols, a second victim. Interviewed are Cardinal Bernard Law, co-workers, family, friends, witnesses, Pro-choice and Pro-life advocates. News segments of rallies are included.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Your Weekly Address: America Stands With the City of Boston April 20, 2013.

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President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people, and says that through it all, Boston's spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.
Online
2013
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Sacco and Vanzetti

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Examines the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti through archival film, music, poetry and excerpts from the 1971 feature film. Also includes interviews with historians, artists and activists as well as readings from the prison diaries of the two defendants.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino

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In 1918 the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to a young pitching and hitting sensation from the slums of Baltimore, named George Herman Ruth, a.k.a. The Babe, or The Bambino. A year later, after not advancing to the playoffs, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the Babe to the New York Yankees. In turn, the Bronx Bombers went on to win an incredible 26 World Series titles. The Sox finally won a Series in 2004, and the stories of their die-hard, long-suffering fans are told with insight and humor. This film focuses on the joy and shock of those fans who lived to see the breaking of the infamous "Curse of the Bambino."
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Curse of the Bambino

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In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to the young pitching and hitting sensation Babe Ruth, the Bambino. When the team failed to make the Series after the 1919 season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the Babe to the New York Yankees. The Sox have never won a Series since [until 2004]. Told with humor in the face of heartache, the film focuses on the die-hard fans who live their entire lives lamenting the now famous "Curse."
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)