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American Experience Stephen Foster: America's First Great Songwriter

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Tells the tragic story of songwriter Stephen Foster, from his talented childhood to his death as a penniless alcoholic at age 37. Examines the contradictions present in some of his works, especially those dealing with African Americans.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

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"With stunning recreations of their historic performances and a rich spiritual score, Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory draws on letters and diaries to bring to life these ex-slaves' fundraising tours. Dressed in rags, they first met with racial hostility. But eventually their beautiful voices and powerful songs moved audiences from New York to Berlin."--cover.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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America 1900

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The American Experience takes the time to look back at another pivotal year: 1900. Following a range of characters, from famous public figures to ordinary citizens, this program chronicles a year in the life of the nation by examining the forces of change that would ultimately shape the coming century.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Wild by Law

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 is the legacy of three men: Wilderness Society Founder Bob Marshall, forester-philosopher Aldo Leopold, and activist Howard Zahniser. Looks at how these three men struggled against the current of American thought during industrialization of the 1920s, the war years of the 1940s, and the boom years of the 1950s. Eventually their actions caused a profound shift in American attitudes toward preservation of wild lands.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Ulysses S. Grant

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This biography of Ulysses S. Grant paints a nuanced portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington. However, the strength of the Confederate resistance forced Grant into a hard war that destroyed the South and led to his being labeled "a butcher." Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with the issues of the era: reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy. His two terms were rocked by bitter racial conflict and corruption scandals. Seven years after leaving office, Grant was financially ruined by the collapse of an investment hous [...]
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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The Murder of Emmett Till

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The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

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A story of the childhoods and marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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The Pill

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Offers a look at the hidden history of the oral contraceptive.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Seabiscuit

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While not looking the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Woodrow Wilson

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He was a gifted orator who was supremely confident before crowds, yet awkward in small groups. An emotionally complex man, he craved affection and demanded unquestioned loyalty. An intellectual with unwavering moral principles, he led America onto the world stage at a time when war and chaos threatened everything he cherished. This miniseries explores the transformation of a history professor into one of America's greatest presidents. Woodrow Wilson's life was shaped by great conflicts: the Civil War which he lived through as a child and World War I into which he reluctantly led America as president. The second conflict ultimately claimed him as a victim. While campaigning for his far-sighted League of Nations, he suffered a paralyzing stroke from which he never fully recovered. The [...]
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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Miss America

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Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest - from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events - Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, and fabulous behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, the film reveals why some women took part in the fledgling event and how the pageant became a battle ground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society.
VHS
2002; 2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Mount Rushmore

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Chronicles the story of the massive public works project, which took place in the midst of an economic depression, and relates the story of dozens of ordinary Americans who suddenly found themselves suspended high on a cliff face with drills and hammers, and examines the hyperactive, temperamental Danish artist, Gutzon Borglum whose talent and determination propelled the project.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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War Letters

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"War letters tells the story of American wars from the viewpoint of the men and women in the front lines and those who waited at home."--container.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Wyatt Earp

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As a young man, Wyatt Earp was a caricature of the Western lawman, spending his days drinking in saloons, gambling, and visiting brothels. He gained notoriety as the legendary gunman in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, but shortly after his death in 1929, distressed Americans down on their luck transformed Wyatt Earp into a folk hero.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History

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Influenza 1918 tells the powerful story of America's worst health crisis by presenting archival photographs and film footage. Despite recent triumphs over many infectious diseases, medical science proved powerless against the killer virus. In desperation, people turned to folk remedies: garlic, camphor balls, sugar cubes soaked with kerosene. Frantic officials closed schools, factories and churches, and everyone was required to wear a mask." -- videocassette cover.
VHS
1998
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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The Way West [electronic resource]

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The history of the western movement and the philosophy of manifest destiny -- how the American west was lost and won from the time of the gold rush until after the last Indian wars at Wounded Knee. The first program presents the opening decades of expansion, key technological advances, and the uprooting of the native people, through the Civil War period; the second examines the four-year period immediately following the Civil War to reveal the conflict between white invaders and Native Americans up to the completion of the transcontinental railroad; the third follows the sequence of events leading to the battle of the Little Big Horn; and the last program chronicles the oppression of Native American tribes, the rise of the Ghost Dance religion and the massacre at Wounded Knee.
Online
1995
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The Berlin Airlift [electronic resource]

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"In 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to West Berlin, starving the population and choking commerce. Allied forces refused to cede the city, and for nearly a year, supplied two million civilians and 20,000 allied solders entirely from the air. Through the personal stories of those who were there, this program provides a striking look at the first battle of the Cold War and the largest humanitarian campaign the world has ever seen."--Distributor's website.
Online
2007
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The Wizard of Photography

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VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
19.

The American Experience: The Radio Priest

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Profile of Father Charles Coughlin, whose Depression-era radio speeches and the popular following they inspired led to a nationwide debate over the use of the airwaves for antidemocratic messages.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
20.

That Rhythm-- Those Blues

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Focuses on the rhythm and blues music performed by black musicians during the 1940s and 1950s through the small towns and cities of the South.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)