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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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America Becomes a World Power [electronic resource]

While Progressive leaders showed their distrust of power in their dealings with large corporations at home, they still grasped the growing need for an aggressive national stance in world relations. This program covers the opening of Japan, the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii, the Open Door Policy in China, the Spanish-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion. The doctrinal struggle between Expansionists and Anti-Imperialists is also discussed. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2003
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The Progressive Era [electronic resource]

During the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, America was witness to so many political, corporate, and social reforms that the period came to be known as the Progressive Era. This program provides an excellent overview of the times, underscoring the importance of women's suffrage, the Square Deal, the temperance movement, and other signal initiatives. In addition, many of the era's movers and shakers are spotlighted, including Upton Sinclair, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and "Battling Bob" LaFollette. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2003
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World War I [electronic resource]: On the Home Front

While the doughboys were fighting the war "over there," Americans at home were busy supporting it. This program looks at the domestic issues facing the United States during its involvement in World War I. Included are discussions of the changing industrial workforce, the growth of the women's suffrage movement, African-American migration to the North and the racial tensions that followed, erosion of American civil liberties during the war, Wilson's idealistic Fourteen Points, and the punitive Treaty of Versailles. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2003
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The Roaring Twenties [electronic resource]

Best known for its flappers, gangsters, and jazz, the Roaring Twenties was also an era of social tensions and political change. This program is a time capsule of a boisterous era that began with a surge of hope and ended on the verge of the Great Depression. Topics include the presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the post-World War I "return to normalcy," the economic boom and the affordable Model T, the Red Scare, Garveyism, the Scopes trial, Prohibition, and the unique pop culture of the decade. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2004
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The Great Depression [electronic resource]

From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929-Black Tuesday-to the many federal initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR; the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2007; 2004
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World War II [electronic resource]: Road to War

This program chronicles the global events that ultimately led to U.S. action in World War II. Discussion points include Hitler and the Nazi Party, fascism in Italy, and Communism under Stalin; British appeasement and American isolationism; blitzkrieg; the Lend-Lease Plan; and the Holocaust. The program ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor-"a date which will live in infamy"-and America's declaration of war. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2004
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World War II [electronic resource]: World at War

Starting with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, this program follows the United States through its mobilization for war and into battle in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. It also explains the dramatic domestic changes that total war made necessary-from rationing and recycling, to war bonds and government economic controls, to new roles for women in society-and the dawning of the Atomic Age, with its perilous implications for the postwar world. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2006; 2000
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The Roaring Twenties

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The roaring twenties were a time of startling contrast--World War I was over; women got the right to vote, cut their hair, and raise their skirts; alcohol was outlawed and speakeasies and bootlegging filled the void.
Online
2004