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RFK

RFK [electronic resource]

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This film chronicles the pivotal role RFK played in many of the major events of the 1960s. It looks closely at his complicated relationships with some of the leading figures of his day and reveals much about his personal world.
Online
2005; 2004
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Mood Indigo [electronic resource]: Blacks and Whites

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Newsreels reveal that the World War II American home front is as racially segregated as the Armed Forces. Although prejudice, discrimination and race riots plague the home front, black civilians continue to back the war effort, and black servicemen distinguish themselves overseas.
Online
2005; 1990
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A Jew Among the Germans [electronic resource]

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Marian Marzynski, Polish Holocaust survivor, sets out on a personal quest to find out how Germans are going to design a memorial to the murder of six million Jews, to be unveiled on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Over three years he meets artists, architects and planners who struggle with questions of guilt, responsibility and memory. He struggles with his own relationship to the German people and meets a young "third generation" of Germans who declare their distance from their parents and grandparents.
Online
2005
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I'll Make Me a World: Vol. 3 Bright Like a Sun [electronic resource]

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The Great Depression and World War II challenged African-American artists to revise, adapt and expand their visions and dreams.
Online
2005; 1999
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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
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Surviving Columbus [electronic resource]: The Story of the Pueblo People

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Chronicles the Pueblo Indians' 450 years of contact with Europeans and their long, determined struggle to preserve their culture, land and religion. Using stories of Pueblo elders, interviews with Pueblo scholars, archival photographs and historical accounts, this program shows that the survival of the New Mexico Pueblo Indians was the result of a lengthy fight to control their own lives. The program begins with the emergence of a flourishing Pueblo culture at sites such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde and concludes with a look at the Pueblo peoples of today.
Online
2005; 1992
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Thomas Hart Benton [electronic resource]

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Thomas Hart Benton depicted a self-reliant America emerging from the Depression. Today his work hangs in museums, but during his life, Benton preferred to hang them in saloons, where ordinary people could appreciate them in congenial surroundings. Ken Burns uses long-lost footage, penetrating interviews, and Benton's magnificent art to tell the story of an extraordinary American artist.
Online
2005; 1988
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Time of Fear [electronic resource]

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In World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into relocation camps across the US. This film traces the lives of the 16,000 people who were sent to two camps in southeast Arkansas, one of the poorest and most racially segregated places in America. It explores the reactions of the native Arkansans who watched in bewilderment as their tiny towns were overwhelmed by this huge influx of outsiders. Through interviews with the internees and local citizens, the program explores how it affected the local communities, and the impact this history had on the issues of civil rights and social justice in America then and now.
Online
2005; 2004
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The Triumph of Memory [electronic resource]

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Four survivors of Nazi concentration camps describe their experiences and the horrors of camp life. Interviews are interspersed with extensive archival footage.
Online
2005; 1988
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The Tuskegee Airmen [electronic resource]

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A history of the pilots who faced discrimination in their effort to fly combat aircraft for their country.
Online
2005; 2002
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Neighbors and Strangers [electronic resource]

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In 1836, Texans--most of them immigrants from the United States--rebel against Mexico. A Mexican army arrives to put down the rebellion but is defeated. Ten years later, Texas is annexed by the United States, and the United States and Mexico become embroiled in a border dispute.
Online
2005; 1998
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War for the Borderlands [electronic resource]

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In June of 1846, an army of 1600 soldiers begin a 900 mile march to conquer the Mexican territory of New Mexico. In California, wealthy rancher Mariano Vallejo is imprisoned by a group of U.S. settlers in the Bear Flag Revolt, which gives birth to the short-lived independent Republic of California.
Online
2005; 1998
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The Hour of Sacrifice [electronic resource]

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In 1846, former Mexican President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna returns from exile to unite Mexico against the U.S. invasion. U.S. President James K. Polk formulates a plan to open a second front against Mexico. In 1847, Santa Anna's troops meet Zachary Taylor's army near the small hacienda of Buena Vista. Winfield Scott lands 10,000 U.S. soldiers on the beach at Veracruz. Scott and Santa Anna meet at Cerro Gordo in a battle that turns into a rout of the Mexican army. Defeated but unbowed, Santa Anna falls back to Mexico City to defend the capital.
Online
2005; 1998
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The Fate of Nations [electronic resource]

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The U.S. army reaches the Mexican capital defended by 20,000 Mexican soldiers led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The battle for Mexico city begins with heavy casualties on both sides. Mexican defenders fight back courageously, but the capital is finally forced to surrender. General Winfield Scott rides triumphantly into Mexico City to occupy the fabled "Halls of Montezuma." On Feb. 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, and a new border is established between Mexico and the United States.
Online
2005; 1998
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The West: Episode 9 One Sky Above Us [electronic resource]

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Los Angeles steals its water supply, millions of Mexicans migrate north, and Hollywood begins to shape the West and the nation's image of it. At the end of the 19th century, America celebrated the "closing" of the West, but differing historical accounts help us learn how the West's story never ends, and how it continues to influence American life today
Online
2005; 1996
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Wonders of the African World Programs 1-2 the Black Kingdoms of the Nile the Swahili Coast [electronic resource]: With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Two programs in a series that travels through twelve African countries and more than 5,000 years. In the first segment, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits Egypt and Sudan in search of Nubia, an ancient African civilization which once rivaled Egypt. Pyramids, ruined temples and royal tombs survive in the deserts of Sudan. Along the Nile lie the ruins of an ancient Nubian capital: the oldest city so far uncovered in Africa. In the second segment, Gates travels along the coast of Kenya and Tanzania to the island of Zanzibar in search of the origins of Swahili heritage. Are the Swahili people truly African? On the island of Lamu, Gates finds people proud of their Arab ancestry only, believing their civilization owes little to Africa. On Zanzibar, two encounters--o [...]
Online
2005; 1999
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Wonders of the African World Programs 3-4 the Slave Kingdoms the Holy Land [electronic resource]: With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Two programs in a series that travels through twelve African countries and more than 5,000 years. In the first segment, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels through the old kingdoms of Asante and Dahomey in Ghana and Benin to learn the real story of the transatlantic slave trade. From slave castles on the coast to royal courts in the interior, he finds both pride in these powerful African kingdoms, and discomfort about the source of their wealth and power. In the second segment, Gates travels to Ethiopia to investigate the history of Christianity in the ancient civilization. For over 1600 years, Ethiopia was a Christian kingdom whose rulers traced their lineage back to Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Journeys to rock-hewn churches, mountain monasteries, royal s [...]
Online
2005; 1999