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South [electronic resource]: The Black Belt

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Gates travels to Memphis, Birmingham and Atlanta - once the battlegrounds on which civil rights were won for black southerners in the 1950s and 60s. The very cities from which African Americans fled during the era of legal segregation are today drawing them back by the tens of thousands. But how much have these cities really changed since the civil rights era? Interviewees include Morgan Freeman and Maya Angelou.
Online
2005; 2003
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East Coast [electronic resource]: Ebony Towers

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The existence of a small group of African Americans at the heart of the political establishment and at the pinnacle of corporate America is something that, just two decades ago, seemed unimaginable. How did they get there and what is the significance of their success? Beginning at Harvard, Gates travels to Washington, DC, and New York to ask if this new black power elite represents genuine progress for black America as a whole. Interviewees include Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Vernon Jordan, Franklin Raines and the first African-American chess grandmaster in history, Maurice Ashley.
Online
2005; 2003
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Chicago [electronic resource]: Streets of Heaven

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Gates goes inside the notorious housing projects in Chicago's South Side - the Robert Taylor and the Ida B. Wells - to find out from the people who live there what life is like for America's "underclass." "What happened to the city of refuge my father's generation sought in the North; North where 'the streets of Heaven were paved with gold'?" wonders Gates. Caught up in a culture of criminality, poverty and despair, is there any hope for the fifth of black Americans who have been left behind?
Online
2005; 2003
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America's Battlegrounds [electronic resource]

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America's history has been shaped by countless struggles nationwide, molded by clashes in city streets, coal fields, and courtrooms, as well as on the battlefields. This video tells the stories of some of these regional conflicts and the lessons they hold for the country as a whole.
Online
2005; 1994
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Los Angeles [electronic resource]: Black Hollywood

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Does the unprecedented success of African-American actors at the last Oscars signal a genuine shift in the way race operates in the movie business? In the final episode, Gates asks whether Hollywood is institutionally racist or whether it is becoming increasingly color-blind in pursuit of the box office dollar. Interviewees include Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Nia Long, Don Cheadle and John Singleton.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Terrible Transformation [electronic resource]

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Examines one of the largest forced migrations in world history and how this mass movement of people was instrumental in the creation of America. Millions of Africans are abducted from their homelands to labor in the colonies. In the American colonies, African skills and labor transform vast lands into agricultural profits. But slavery's inhumane codes and punishments foment African resistance and escape, bringing more brutality from slave holders.
Online
2005; 1998
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Brotherly Love [electronic resource]

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Examines the first forty years of the new nation through the fortunes of Philadelphia's unique free black community. As freedmen and fugitive slaves seek full participation in American democracy, a new leadership emerges. Black churches become the fulcrum of the community, providing schools, aiding their poor and agitating for the repeal of slave laws. Despite intensified brutality in the South and a new popular culture based on blackface minstrelsy in the North, African Americans resoundingly vote to stay and challenge the democracy.
Online
2005; 1998
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Revolution [electronic resource]

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While the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within, as men and women fight to define what the country will be. In the upheaval of war, 100,000 black people escape their bondage and threaten the institution of slavery as never before. Initially, George Washington refuses to allow black volunteers into his army, but when the British Governor of Virginia promises freedom to slaves who will fight for England, the American high command is forced to reconsider. As the 18th century comes to a close, America hopes to walk a dangerous tightrope between property rights and human rights.
Online
2005; 1998
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Against the Odds [electronic resource]: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s was the scene of a passionate outburst of creativity by African-American visual artists. Rich archival footage, including newsreels and photographs, recalls the influential force of the exhibitions, the vibrancy of Harlem and the many significiant personalities that shaped the movement, such as William E. Harmon, W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke.
Online
2005; 1994
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Judgment Day [electronic resource]

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Tells of the last years before the Civil War. Black abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, Rev. Jermain Loguen and Sojourner Truth agitate against southern slavery and northern racism. Southern states threaten to leave the union. In 1850, a last political compromise trades away black rights to keep the nation united. As slaveholders call for reopening the slave trade, abolitionists fight back. John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry seems the final blow.
Online
2005; 1998
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Two Towns of Jasper [electronic resource]

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A documentary about the trials of the three men implicated in the murder of James Byrd, Jr. Byrd was beaten, chained to a pickup truck, and dragged to death in Jasper, Tex. on June 7, 1998. Through interviews, this film examines the effect that the murder and the trials had on the townspeople and race relations within the town. Black townspeople were filmed and interviewed by a Black crew and Whites by a White crew.
Online
2005; 2002
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Willa Cather [electronic resource]: The Road Is All

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In 1883, the young Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the tall grass prairies of Nebraska, an experience that exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels - O Pioneer, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop and the Pulitzer Prize winning One of Ours. She has been a great inspiration to women writers and women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years.
Online
2005
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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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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 1 Ambition [electronic resource]

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First episode of a series which looks at the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.
Online
2005; 2001
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A Midwife's Tale [electronic resource]

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From The American Experience, a dramatic and compelling exploration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother in the wilds of Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Her fascinating story is interwoven with the quest of a historian to uncover Ballard's world through her sparsely detailed diary.
Online
2005; 1997
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 2 We Are Elected [electronic resource]

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This episode focus on Abraham and Mary Lincoln's earlier years, ending with his election to the Presidency.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 4 the Dearest of All Things [electronic resource]

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With the war going badly in the east, Lincoln takes a step that changes the country forever and in doing so changes himself. On January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation liberating millions of Americans from bondage. The move turns the Civil War from a conflict over union into a struggle for freedom.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 3 Shattered [electronic resource]

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This program deals with Lincoln's first term as president, including the death of his son, Willie.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 6 Blind With Weeping [electronic resource]

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Episode 6 deals with the end of the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination and the toll it exacted on the emotionally fragile Mary.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 5 This Frightful War [electronic resource]

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Episode five begins in 1863 when it seems the war will never end.
Online
2005; 2001