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1.

What I Want My Words to Do to You [electronic resource]

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If you committed a violent crime, would it be possible to redeem yourself? Women inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women try to answer this question. In writing workshops, the women in the group, including high-profile convicts like Kathy Boudin and Judy Clark, work through a series of writing exercises and discussions. The deeply personal writings mix with the humorous and the tragic, profoundly showing the power of art in the service of healing.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Orphan Trains [electronic resource]

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An examination of the results of the work of the Children's Aid Society in New York. From from 1853 to 1929, the Society sent over 100,000 homeless and orphaned children from the city to homes in rural America.
Online
2005; 1995
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Brooklyn Bridge [electronic resource]

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About America's best-loved landmark, the program explores the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the bridge's construction, tracing its transformation from a spectacular and heroic engineering feat to a symbol of strength, vitality, ingenuity, and promise in American culture.
Online
2005; 1981
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Faith & Doubt at Ground Zero [electronic resource]

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Frontline illuminates the myriad spiritual questions that have come out of the terror, pain, and destruction of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and explores how the spiritual lives of both believers and non-believers have been challenged in the aftermath of September 11 by questions of good and evil, God's culpability, and the potential for darkness within religion itself.
Online
2005; 2002
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Jazz: Episode 10 a Masterpiece by Midnight [electronic resource]

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Last of 10 episodes tracing the history of Jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans. By the early 1960's, jazz is in trouble. Louis Armstrong manages to outsell the Beatles with "Hello Dolly" and Stan Getz helps boost a craze fpr Bossa Nova. During the Civil Rights struggle, some artists mix music with social protest, including Max Roach, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Tenor saxaphone master, Dexter Gordon returns from Europe and a new generation of musicians, led by the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis emerges. As it enters its second century, jazz is still alive, still changing and still swinging.
Online
2005; 2000
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 1 the Country and the City, 1609-1825 [electronic resource]

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Episode one covers the rise of New York from its discovery in 1609 through the explosion of commercial growth sparked by the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. Examines the defining role the Dutch played in the development of the city's character, the impact of the British empire and the horrors of slavery, the establishment of the Stock Exchange, New York's fateful role in the American revolution and its brief tenure as the nation's capital.
Online
2005; 1999
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 2 Order and Disorder, 1825-1865 [electronic resource]

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The completion of the Erie Canal creates an explosion of economic opportunities for New York. Immigration also increases exponentially, with the Irish escaping the Great Famine. The Tammany Hall political machine rises to power as a method. The building of Central Park commences, and 20 years of economic growth end with the Panic of 1857. Abraham Lincoln vaults to the presidency based on appearances he made in New York, and soon the country dissolves into Civil War. A mostly Irish mob riots at the injustice of the 1863 Conscription Act. Post-riot New York struggles to implement more and better social services. William M. "Boss" Tweed becomes the chief of Tammany Hall.
Online
2005; 1999
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 3 Sunshine and Shadow, 1865-1898 [electronic resource]

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Episode three covers the city during the period after the Civil War -- "the Gilded Age." From 1865 through 1898, the city grows at a staggering rate--demographically, geographically and financially--and takes on enormous challenges such as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and sees the rise of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed. By the end of the decade, New York has become home to the world's greatest concentration of wealth, and of poverty.
Online
2005; 1999
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 4 the Power and the People, 1898-1918 [electronic resource]

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Episode four shows how New York's industry drew in people from all over the world, and how these immigrants transformed the city physically, culturally and finally politically. Looks also at the construction of the subway system, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and the skyscrapers on Wall Street. The episode ends with the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the reform legislation passed in its aftermath.
Online
2005; 1999
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 5 Cosmopolis, 1919-1931 [electronic resource]

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In this short but dazzling period, New York became the focal point of an extraordinary array of human and cultural energies, reaching its highest levels of urban excitement and glamour. In just over a decade, New York gave birth to its signature skyscrapers, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and to artistic creations like F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and to the jazz compositions of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Along the way, Harlem emerged as the undisputed capital of the African- American experience and the new media industries of advertising, radio networks, public relations, and magazines found their homes in midtown Manhattan - Program website.
Online
2005; 1999
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 6 City of Tomorrow, 1929-1941 [electronic resource]

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From the Depression to the New Deal, enormous forces were interested upon New York which permanently altered the city and the country. Two remarkable New Yorkers rose to prominence: May Fiorello La Guardia and master builder Robert Moses. This episode examines their careers in detail, as well as the immense public works that transformed the city in the '30s. Also explored are the demise of Mayor Jimmy Walker, the fate of Harlem during the Depression, and the increasingly complex impact of the automobile on the city - Program website
Online
2005; 2001
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 7 the City and the World, 1945-Present [electronic resource]

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In exploring the social, economic and physical forces that swept through the city in the post-war period, Episode Seven examines the great African-American migration and Puerto Rican immigration of the '40s, '50s, and '60s; the beginnings of white flight and suburbanization; and the massive physical changes wrought by highways and urban renewal -- all of which were directed, to a surprising degree, by one man: Robert Moses. The film comes to a climax with the destruction of Penn Station, the battle over the Lower Manhattan Expressway, the social and fiscal crises of the '60s and '70s, and New York's miraculous revival in the last quarter-century - Program website.
Online
2005; 2001
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 8, Part 1 the Center of the World, 1946-2003 [electronic resource]

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The first part of this final chapter of the series provides a powerful portrait of the events leading up to and following September 11, 2001. To understand the impact of 9/11, episode eight reaches back to when the idea of a "world trade center" was first conceived and the towers were constructed. You'll then explore the physical, economic, and symbolic aftermath of the attack--and what Americans can learn from the recovery effort.
Online
2005; 2001
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New York, a Documentary Film: Episode 8, Part 2 the Center of the World, 1946-2003 [electronic resource]

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The second part of this final chapter of the series provides a powerful portrait of the events leading up to and following September 11, 2001. To understand the impact of 9/11, episode eight reaches back to when the idea of a "world trade center" was first conceived and the towers were constructed. You'll then explore the physical, economic, and symbolic aftermath of the attack--and what Americans can learn from the recovery effort
Online
2005; 2001
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The Statue of Liberty [electronic resource]

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Ken Burns explores the history of America's premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Features rare archival photographs, paintings, drawings, readings from diaries, letters, and newspapers of the day -- a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants.
Online
2005; 1985