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The Sixties [electronic resource]

As the sun set on the 1950s, America found new approaches to leadership in John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. As this program shows, the East Coast blue blood and the rough-and-tumble Texan could not have been more different, yet each embraced FDR's legacy and sought to reshape his New Deal into a modern vision. Each knew triumph and failure; Kennedy's life ended in tragedy and Johnson's "Great Society" could not keep pace with the radicalism of youth culture, but both managed to evolve the role of the federal government in American society.
Online
2009
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The Post-War Years [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. The end of World War II was the beginning of U.S. global power as well as a milestone in the nation's economic prosperity and domestic political currents. This program examines America during the years 1945 to 1960, in which the Cold War loomed, babies boomed, and the suburban family became the bull's-eye of the mass market. Viewers learn about the leadership transition from Truman to Eisenhower, the creation of the interstate highway system, the advent of TV and rock-n-roll, and more. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2009
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Vietnam [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. It was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. This program explores the genesis of America's painful military "quagmire" from the roots of Vietnamese nationalism through a century of French colonial rule to the first Indochina war; it then takes viewers from John F. Kennedy's initial deployment of military advisers through increases and escalations under the Johnson administration to the final, tragic moments of Saigon's fall in the spring of 1975. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2009
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Cold War [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Although communists and capitalists united during World War II to crush fascism, Hitler's defeat set the stage for allies to become adversaries once more. This program frames the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union as the defining conflict of much of the 20th century. Viewers are shown how the world's two superpowers faced off in an uncompromising showdown over ideology and economics that would persist for five decades - not in a vacuum, but under the omnipresent threat of nuclear holocaust. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2009
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The Civil Rights Movement [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Anyone who thinks the Civil Rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King, Jr., will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War- and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King's movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America's ongoing equality battles are also examined. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2009