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Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover

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Examines the strengths and weaknesses of a man destined to both win and lose the presidency of the United States in an election landslide. An orphan, Hoover was a self-made millionaire at an early age with a expertise in leadership, crisis management, and humanitarian work. His two terms as Secretary of Commerce left a legacy that impacts Americans' way of life today. Yet, as president, his policy decisions on employment and monetary and fiscal policy still provoke criticism from leaders today.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Dust Bowl

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Ken Burns documents the worst human-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews, dramatic photographs, and seldom-seen movie footage bring to life incredible stories of human suffering and perseverance. Includes bonus features.
DVD
2012
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Prohibition

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Explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor, and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. Raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality.
DVD
2011
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This Is America, 1917-1932

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Fifteen years in the history of the United States presented through documentary footage and narration.
VHS
1980; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America

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Examines the history of the United States during the time of Prohibition, including why the 18th Amendment passed, the ways of bootleggers and gangsters, and the development of jazz.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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This compilation chronicles the 1930's. Rare footage covers people in hardship and Hollywood in its heyday.
DVD
1999; 1974
Clemons (Stacks)
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Surviving the Dust Bowl

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The draught of 1931 brought financial and emotional ruin to thousands of families in the Southern Plains. Dust Bowl was America's worst ecological disaster.
DVD
2007; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Farm Equipment, 1919

Demonstration of new-fangled motor tractors and other farm equipment.
Online
1919
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Twin-Prop Biplane, 1919

First of the Atlantic Fliers - twin-prop biplane to cross Atlantic.
Online
1919
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: US Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 1919

Consecration of Tomb of Unknown Soldier, USA: Woodrow Wilson and Marshal Foch present.
Online
1919
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Boston Police Strike, 1919

1919 Boston police strike: VO explains Governor Calvin Coolidge fired the strikers; Massachusetts State House, scene of strike; Coolidge inspecting police recruits; Coolidge taking oath after election.
Online
1919
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Laying Telephone Cable, ca. 1920

Laying a cable between the US and Cuba "Laying a Talk Highway."
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Wacky Inventions, ca. 1920

Early Inventions-Gizmos. People trying to fly, odd cars. Wacky.
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Commercial Aviation, ca. 1920

Early commercial passenger/cargo flights. No actual take-offs but still good examples of early commercial flights
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Plane Flying, ca. 1920

Plane is pulled out of hangar, pilots climb in and fly. Good ground and aerial shots
Online
1920