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61.

Reconstruction, the Second Civil War: Part 1 Revolution [electronic resource]

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In the post-war South, life changed irrevocably for everyone: the wealthy landowners, and the former slaves. Freed blacks settled on abandoned plantations, allowed under General Sherman's wartime Special Field Order 15. After President Lincoln assassinated, the great work of reconstruction took on greater urgency - and concern.
Online
2005; 2004
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Remember the Alamo [electronic resource]

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In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration with Texas, were prepared to fight hard to keep the province under their control. In the area were 4,000 Mexican Texans or Tejanos, who were forced to choose a side. The conflict pitted brother against brother and devastated the community. This film shows the Tejano gamble for a more prosperous future in an independent Texas proved tragic.
Online
2005; 2004
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Return With Honor [electronic resource]

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Tells the story of American fighter pilots shot down over North Vietnam and their dramatic transformation from self-confident aviators to prisoners-of-war. By combining interviews with the airmen and their wives with never-before-seen footage from Vietnam's government archives, the film provides a moving account of how these men survived repeated bouts of excruciating torture, long periods of solitary confinement and harrowing loneliness.
Online
2005; 2001
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The Richest Man in the World [electronic resource]

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This documentary follows Carnegie's life from his impoverished origins in Dunfermline, Scotland, through his business career, where he was on the cutting edge of the industrial revolution in telegraphy, railroads, and finally, steel.
Online
2005; 1997
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The Rockefellers: Part 2 [electronic resource]

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The third generation of Rockefellers -- "the Brothers" -- grew up in splendor and isolation. From childhood, Nelson emerged as the leader, overtaking his older brother John III as "dynastic heir." In an effort to redeem the family name, John Jr. created numerous and distinct philanthropies. He funded the construction of New York's Riverside Church; bought land in the Grand Teton mountains and donated it to the government for a national park; built with his wife Abby New York's Museum of Modern Art; then began the massive Rockefeller Center project completed during the height of the Great Depression. After active service during WWII, "the Brothers" took over the Rockefeller businesses. By 1952, John, Jr. retired, leaving his sons to advance their diverse interests. All excelled in the [...]
Online
2005; 2000
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The Rockefellers: Part 1 [electronic resource]

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John D. Rockefeller Sr. grew up with a devout mother and "scoundrel" father. When, as a young man, he was advised to make as much money as he could and then give away as much money as he could, he took the advice to heart. John Sr. built an oil refinery, then formed Standard Oil with the goal of dominating the entire industry. Within a few short months, he did. He formed Standard Oil Trust to manage his myriad companies. Ida Tarbell̕s series of damning articles about him and his business practices caused the wrath and anger of the public to turn on his whole family. As a young man, John Jr. found himself with the heavy burden of running Standard Oil when his father abruptly retired. Meanwhile, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Trust a monopoly and demanded it be broken up, the Ro [...]
Online
2005; 2000
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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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Roots of Resistance [electronic resource]: A Story of the Underground Railroad

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Recounts the story of black America's secret railroad to freedom through narratives of escaped slaves. Viewers listen to interviews with descendents of slaves and slaveholders describing personal danger and risks involved in each slave's departure. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, even a successful flight to free territory didn't guarantee freedom from professional slave catchers who hunted down these men and women and returned them to a life on southern plantations.
Online
2005; 1989
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Spy in the Sky [electronic resource]

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In the spring of 1960, a CIA spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Overnight, the U-2 became the most famous aircraft in the world and Francis Gary Powers, who miraculously survived the crash, achieved instant notoriety that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Behind the scenes of this dramatic incident is the incredible tale of a team of engineers and courageous pilots who raced against the clock to design, perfect, and deploy the U-2.
Online
2005; 1996
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Monkey Trial [electronic resource]

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The trial of John Scopes, a Tennessee biology teacher arrested in 1925 for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The Scopes trial was America's first major media event.
Online
2005; 2002
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Stephen Foster [electronic resource]: America's First Great Songwriter

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Stephen Foster was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes. All in all he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna" "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and "Camptown Races." Though he virtually invented popular music as we recognize it today, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-riddled. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and he died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York.
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.
Online
2005; 1996
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Transcontinental Railroad [electronic resource]

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Go behind-the-scenes of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the building of a transcontinental railroad across the United States. Completed in six years by entrepreneurs, brilliant engineers, and legions of dedicated workers.
Online
2005; 2003
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Ulysses S. Grant: Part 1 the Warrior [electronic resource]

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This episode follows U.S. Grant's life from his frontier childhood through the victorious end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's subsequent assassination, including: Grant's duty in the US-Mexican War; his marriage and posting to the Pacific Northwest; resignation from the army; continued business failures; troubled re-commissioning into the Army and rapid advancement as the Civil War expanded; and his exceptional generalship during the that led to the final defeat of the Confederacy; and Lincoln's assassination that left Grant feeling responsible for taking up Lincoln's part in creating a last peace.
Online
2005; 2002
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War Letters [electronic resource]

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Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, "War Letters" brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the sender was killed and heartbreaking "Dear John" letters from home.
Online
2005; 2001
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Ulysses S. Grant: Part 2 the President [electronic resource]

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During the immediate post-war years, racial rioting became commonplace. President Andrew Johnson fanned the flames with his racist rhetoric and pardons for former Confederates, leading to his impeachment. Grant's feelings about the former slaves changed during this time: he now believed that American freedoms be extended to African Americans as well. He responded to calls to run for president and was easily elected. The country was struggling with Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, and forming a workable Indian policy. Grant mistakenly trusted people who brought scandal and failure to his presidency. After leaving office, Grant's financial fortunes rose and then fell. Grant spent his last days suffering from throat cancer and writing his memoirs, which restored his family's f [...]
Online
2005; 2002
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Woodrow Wilson: Part 1 a Passionate Man [electronic resource]

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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 [...]
Online
2005; 2002
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The Wright Stuff [electronic resource]

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The story of two ordinary men, the Wright brothers, who, working alone, reshaped the twentieth century with the invention of the airplane.
Online
2005; 1996
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Woodrow Wilson: Part 2 the Redemption of the World

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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 [...]
Online
2005; 2002