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Rosie the Riveter

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Newsreels and documentary footage of the World War II era show what life was like on the American home front. Episode 1 highlights American women who answered the call to duty in the armed forces and in factories and shipyards at home. Episode 2 examines how the seeds of the sexual revolution were sown in wartime. In episode 3, the war ends suddenly and millions in the armed forces are demobilized, setting vast social changes in motion.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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The War

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Tells the story of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns - Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota - and examines the ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.
DVD
2007
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Century of Warfare: The History of the United States at War in the 20th Century

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Chronicles the history of the United States military in the 20th century. Original film footage records U.S. particpation in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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America: The War Years

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Contemporary newsreels give glimpses of the United States during World War II, with reports on military campaigns, war production, sports, fashion, entertainment and more.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection

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Twenty-one original wartime shorts and documentaries, uncut and uncensored. See the American generation that fought and won World War II and endured the hardships of Korea. Experience the power of motion pictures, produced by the Hollywood studios and the U.S. government, to galvanize a nation and to honor and celebrate sacrifices made by the men and women who left us the world in which we live.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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While the Storm Clouds Gather [electronic resource]

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As America emerges from the hard times of the Depression, radio provides news of the foreign war zones in Europe and Asia. Though most Americans wish to stay out of the war, they support President Roosevelt.
Online
2005; 1990
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A String of Pearls [electronic resource]

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American women answer the call to duty, not only in the factories, but also in the shipyards and the armed forces. They win a place in the military despite condescension and prejudice, but soon discover the men in charge consider this change in American life temporary.
Online
2005; 1990
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Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition [electronic resource]

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The attack on Pearl Harbor spurred America into action. Within a few short months the United States is transformed. Production of civil goods comes to an end as factories convert to war work.
Online
2005; 1990
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Right in Der Führer's Face [electronic resource]

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Enlisting the skills of Hollywood, Tin Pan Alley and Madison Avenue, the American government grinds out propaganda depicting Hitler and his cohorts as diabolical villains, while media attacks against Japanese-Americans lead to the internment of hundreds of civilians.
Online
2005; 1990
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On the Shady Side of the Street [electronic resource]

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Documents the trend away from traditional moral concerns during World War II as large numbers of young people leave home for the war effort, sowing the seeds of a sexual revolution.
Online
2005; 1990
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Thanks for the Memories [electronic resource]

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American show business solidly supports the war effort. Ordinary American enlisted men are honored and revered by celebrities and the public during scenes at the Hollywood Canteen and other service clubs.
Online
2005; 1990
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Mood Indigo [electronic resource]: Blacks and Whites

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Newsreels reveal that the World War II American home front is as racially segregated as the Armed Forces. Although prejudice, discrimination and race riots plague the home front, black civilians continue to back the war effort, and black servicemen distinguish themselves overseas.
Online
2005; 1990
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Accentuating the Positive [electronic resource]

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Hollywood legends like Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich stage elaborate shows overseas for troops in war zones, Armed Forces Radio transmits American music, news and pop culture to every American outpost in the world, and thousands of Red Cross volunteers try to bring a touch of home and cheer to servicemen.
Online
2005; 1990
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It's Been a Long, Long Time [electronic resource]

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Chronicles the end of World War II with the explosion of two atomic bombs. The war industry is shut down and millions in the Armed Forces return home. A new materialism, along with the GI Bill and baby boom, sends millions of Americans into mass-produced suburbs. The seeds of the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam have been planted overseas.
Online
2005; 1990
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 12 Depression and War [electronic resource]

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America enters into an economic depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt initiates the New Deal and the United States enters World War II.
Online
2005; 2003
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War Comes to America: Information Film, Part One

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Briefly reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. Explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II.
VHS
1989; 1944
Ivy (By Request)
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Uncle Sam: The Movie Collection

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Twenty-one original WWII wartime shorts and documentaries produced by Hollywood studios and the U.S. government from 1936 to 1945.
VHS
2003; 1936
Ivy (By Request)
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Doris Kearns Goodwin, Author: No Ordinary Time : Book Review

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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II.
VHS
1999; 1994; 2000
Ivy (By Request)
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War Comes to America: The Front at Home

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This is the final film of "The Why We Fight Series." It is an overview of the conflicts which make up our heritage. Beginning in 1607 Jamestown to the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, this film reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. It also explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II.
VHS
1984; 1945
Clemons (CHECKED OUT)
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Japanese Navy in Nanking China, 1937

Japanese advance by sea to Nanking, China; warships, naval plane, soldiers landing.
Online
1937