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Public Enemy #1 [electronic resource]

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Chronicles the life of John Dillinger, from his first youthful brush with the law to his death a decade later in a hail of bullets. It explores how, at a time of great hardship, Americans felt more admiration for a daring criminal than their seemingly ineffectual institutions of government.
Online
2005; 2002
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Scottsboro [electronic resource]: An American Tragedy

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In March 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the 20th century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the civil rights movement.
Online
2005; 2001
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TR Part 1 [electronic resource]: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

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He personified America at the turn of the last century--confident, exuberant, involving--but suffered from hidden demons. He was Teddy Roosevelt, or TR, heroic figure of boundless energy and bleak emotions. Family letters and diaries, authentic film footage and interviews with family members and others profile an ambitious man: fearless in combat, loving and generous with family, and unafraid to take on powerful financial interests.
Online
2005; 1996
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TR Part 2 [electronic resource]: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

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Roosevelt became President of the United States when William McKinley was assassinated. He used office as a "bully pulpit" to correct what he perceived as the wrongs of American society. His first battle was to break of the large business trusts, first targeting the railroads. He broke up the railroad trust after many court battles. Next he sided with labor who was fighting for better working conditions and wages in a threatened coal mining strike in 1902. He expanded the power of the nation throughout the world by enlarging the naval fleet, monitored Latin America to prevent European Imperialism, and negotiated with Panama for the construction of the Panama Canal. He was elected for a second term as President of the U.S. in 1904.
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2005; 1996
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Zoot Suit Riots [electronic resource]

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After the murder of a young Mexican-American in August, 1942, tensions in Los Angeles between Mexicans and whites boiled over. The press claimed Mexican youth were terrorizing the city. Six hundred Mexican Americans were arrested, and 17 were tried and found guilty despite little evidence. The trial sparked riots between unruly servicemen and the Mexican American community. Surviving family members of the 17 convicted men, riot witnesses and members of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee tell the story of the riots, highlighted by photographs of the riots, the trial and their participants.
Online
2005; 2002
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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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The Fight [electronic resource]

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Captures the anticipation that the bout between African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmeling generated, the events leading up to it, the impact Louis's victory had on blacks and its significance for Jews.
Online
2005; 2004
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FDR and Hitler [electronic resource]: Their Rise to Power

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Compares the early careers and charismatic styles of Franklin D. Roosevelt who became President of the United States in 1933 and Adolph Hitler who was appointed Chancellor of Germany during the same year.
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2005; 1978
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FDR and Hitler [electronic resource]: The Dynamics of Power

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Both Hitler and Roosevelt appreciated the value of mass communications. FDR took to "fireside chats," among other things, and Hitler assigned Goebbels as Minister of Propaganda.
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2005; 1978
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 15 We Shall Overcome [electronic resource]

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Looks at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 brutally opened a decade that promised peace but yielded violence. His successor, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, took the oath of office on Air Force before flying to Washington.
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2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 16 Becoming Free [electronic resource]

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Richard Milhouse Nixon served as the thirty-seventh president. His foreign policy accomplishments rank his tenure as one of the most dynamic in presidential history. Inheriting the war in Vietnam from previous administrations, Nixon first sought a military solution, but then turned to diplomacy to end United States' involvement. By approaching Communist China in a historic visit in 1972, Nixon drove a wedge into the powerful Soviet/Chinese block, which began to diplomatically isolate the various Communist dominated countries around the world. This strategy not only ended the war in Vietnam (1973) but also led to the first nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union and limited the spread of Soviet influence in the Middle East.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Perilous Fight, America's World War II in Color: Episode 1 Infamy, 1919-1942 [electronic resource]

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Opening with some of the earliest color motion picture images ever filmed - of a victory parade in Paris at the end of World War I - the first episode takes viewers from the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II through the Nazi invasion of Poland that triggered the joint British and French declaration of war on Germany to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are life in Depression-era America; huge Nazi rallies in pre-war Germany; the sinking of a British merchant ship six weeks into the war and the rescue effort mounted by a passing American vessel; civilian refugees streaming along the roads of occupied France; the devastation at Pearl Harbor as photographed by a Navy film unit working for Hollywood directo [...]
Online
2005; 2002
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The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color: Episode 2 Battlefronts, 1942-1944 [electronic resource]

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The second episode covers America's early involvement in the war, from the massive buildup of the country's military and industrial capabilities to preparations for D-Day. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are the mobilization of women and African Americans on the industrial home front and in the military; the internment of Japanese Americans; training of African-American aviators at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute; the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto; and the boarding of troops onto landing craft bound for Normandy, scene of what was to be the largest amphibious invasion in history.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color: Episode 3 Wrath, D-Day to VE-Day [electronic resource]

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The third episode encompasses the months between D-Day in June 1944 and VE Day in May 1945. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are the seizure of a German U-boat carrying Enigma code machines; the Allied assault on the beaches at Normandy; the jubilant welcome of GIs after the liberation of Paris; freed American POWs burning their prison; the first Jewish Sabbath service conducted at the just-liberated Dachau concentration camp; andVE Day celebrations following Germany's surrender.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color: Episode 4 Triumph, the Pacific, 1943-1945 [electronic resource]

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The concluding episode captures America's efforts to win the war in the Pacific. Among the many scenes captured in color are U.S. troops staging a dawn landing on tiny but strategically important Tarawa; the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi; U.S. aircraft carriers under attack by kamikaze pilots during the battle for Okinawa; the desperate fight to save the USS Franklin after the aircraft carrier is hit and set afire by armor-piercing bombs 50 miles from Japan; the funeral procession following President Roosevelt's sudden death in April 1945; the devastation wrought on Hiroshima by the atomic bomb; the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri; and celebrations in the streets of New York marking the end of the war.
Online
2005; 2002