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Reagan Inauguration [electronic resource]

Excerpts from Ronald Regan's first presidential inaugural address on January 20, 1981.
1981; 2012

George H. W. Bush Inauguration: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Excerpts from George Bush's presidential inaugural address on January 20, 1989.
1989; 2012

Greenpeace [electronic resource]: From Hippies to Lobbyists

The Greenpeace story started in Vancouver during the late 1960s. Young people were campaigning against nuclear weapon tests by the U.S. and Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A protest movement swelled against one of the planned tests in Alaska; while the protesters' efforts didn't stop the U.S. from detonating a bomb, they did garner plenty of media attention. Greenpeace then changed its focus, launching a campaign against commercial whaling that would cement its reputation. Later, with the help of Brigitte Bardot, the organization denounced the hunting of seal pups in Canada. However, serious infighting led to the expulsion of one member whose views were considered too extreme by his colleagues. In 1985, the Rainbow Warrior drama won Greenpeace widespread support, and its [...]
2014; 2011

Spain in Crisis: A Collective Response

"The DVD compilation includes: Spanish Revolution?.... a series of shorts made by prominent Spanish audiovisual artists, who attempt to observe, analyze, and understand a society weakened by the political and financial crisis... 15M. Excellent.A Wake-up Call. Important ... On May 15th, 2011, tens of thousands of citizens occupied streets and squares in Spain for what was going to be the beginning of the biggest social change in Spanish society. This feature documentary offers a complex portrait of a movement whose affects can be seen throughout the world, most notably in the USA's own Occupy Wall Street."--Container.
2011; 2013
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Electoral Politics [electronic resource]

Shows the conclusion of a 12-week civic engagement unit developed by the national Student Voices program. José Velazquez's 12th-grade students divide into small groups to brainstorm and research community issues, prioritize the issues, present their findings to the class, and develop a whole-class consensus on a youth agenda that they present to the mayoral candidates in a televised question-and-answer forum. The methodologies highlighted in this lesson include issue identification and consensus building.

Issues and Controversies in American History Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

To explore America's past in a meaningful way, a growing number of educators strive for spirited debate and passionate discussion in their classrooms. The key is get students talking about historical events with the same energy and immediacy that today's topics provoke. But accomplishing that is virtually impossible without the right catalyst. This collection of 25 concise video clips is designed to spark thoughtful, productive dialogue on major turning points in U.S. history. Each clip lays out two opposing viewpoints, framing a complex historical episode as if it were a debatable "issue" - just as citizens of the time might have thought and argued about it. In some cases, such as the segments on Jamestown or the Salem witch trials, the debate echoes scholarly disagreements that exi [...]

Gerrymandering [electronic resource]

Gerrymandering is defined as the carving up of a state into districts in a way that allows one political party to gain more clout than another. It has also been called the most effective way to manipulate an election's outcome short of outright fraud. Focusing on the fight to pass Proposition 11 - drafted to give redistricting power to a bipartisan rather than legislative group - this documentary explores the ethical implications of gerrymandering and looks at some historical examples of how the practice has been used. The experience of assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who was redistricted out of his own territory by a threatened incumbent; the dramatic response of House Democrats to proposed redistricting in Texas; and how redistricting impacted Barack Obama's political career are all e [...]

Great Speeches: Volume 1 John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Barack Obama [electronic resource]

This program features six landmark speeches: John F. Kennedy's inaugural address; Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech; Adolf Hitler's address to the Nazi Party; Douglas MacArthur's farewell address; Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1942 State of the Union address; and Barack Obama's first inaugural address. Printable transcripts and critical essays are included on DVD only.

Great Speeches: Volume 2 Winston Churchill, Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, Barbara Jordan, and Golda Meir [electronic resource]

This video features five critical speeches: Winston Churchill's two wartime speeches; Adlai Stevenson's Cuban Missile Crisis speech to the UN; Richard Nixon's "Checkers" speech; Barbara Jordan's statement on impeachment; and Golda Meir's "Peace in the Middle East" speech.

Great Speeches: Volume 3 Jesse Jackson, Richard Nixon, Geraldine Ferraro, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Jeane Kirkpatrick [electronic resource]

This volume features five major speeches: Jesse Jackson's "Rainbow Coalition" speech; Richard Nixon's presidential resignation; Geraldine Ferraro vice presidential acceptance speech; Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech; and Jeane Kirkpatrick's statement on the KAL 007 disaster.

Great Speeches: Volume 4 Mario Cuomo, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Jordan, Hubert Humphrey, and John F. Kennedy [electronic resource]

This program features five vital speeches: Mario Cuomo's 1984 DNC keynote address; Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential acceptance; Barbara Jordan's 1976 DNC keynote address; Hubert Humphrey's vice presidential acceptance speech; and John F. Kennedy's address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.

Great Speeches: Volume 6 Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Edward Kennedy [electronic resource]

This volume features five crucial speeches: Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Mountaintop" speech; Eleanor Roosevelt's UN address; George H. W. Bush's "Defense of Saudi Arabia"; Richard Nixon's "Watergate" speech; and Edward Kennedy's "Truth and Tolerance in America" speech.

Great Speeches: Volume 9 Al Gore, Barbara Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt [electronic resource]

This video features five pivotal speeches: Al Gore's 1992 vice presidential acceptance speech; Barbara Bush's 1992 RNC speech; Mikhail Gorbachev's talk at Westminster College; Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential farewell; and Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 "Fireside Chat.

Great Speeches: Volume 19 John McCain, Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Byrd, Carol Moseley, and Lyndon B. Johnson [electronic resource]

This volume features six vital speeches: John McCain's USC commencement address; Barack Obama's 2004 DNC keynote address; Margaret Thatcher's eulogy for Ronald Reagan; Robert Byrd's "On the Brink of War" speech; Carol Moseley Braun's health care address; and Lyndon B. Johnson's "I Will Not Run" speech.

Great Speeches: Volume 22 Elie Wiesel, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford [electronic resource]

This volume features five major speeches: Elie Wiesel's 2006 Dartmouth College commencement address; John Boehner speech to introduce the House speaker; Nancy Pelosi's speech upon taking office as the first woman speaker of the House; Jimmy Carter's eulogy for Gerald Ford; and Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon.

Great Speeches: Volume 24 Barack Obama, Neville Isdell, Al Sharpton, Ted Kennedy Jr., and Ronald Reagan [electronic resource]

This video features five memorable speeches: Barack Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy; Neville Isdell's (president of Coca-Cola) "Building a Culture of Ethics" speech; Al Sharpton's eulogy for Michael Jackson; Ted Kennedy Jr.'s eulogy for Ted Kennedy; and Ronald Reagan's 1980 inaugural address.

Great Speeches: Volume 25 Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Arlen Specter, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and Richard Nixon [electronic resource]

This volume features six vital speeches: Barack Obama's Tucson shooting memorial address; Sarah Palin's 2010 Reagan dinner address; Arlen Specter's farewell address; Nancy Pelosi's "Turning Over the Gavel" speech; John Boehner's speech upon becoming speaker of the House; and Richard Nixon's second inaugural address.

Great Speeches, Today's Women: Volume 6 Anita Taylor, Laura Bush, Mary Robinson, Jan Piercy, and Elizabeth Edwards [electronic resource]

This program highlights Anita Taylor's "Tales of the Grandmothers" speech; Laura Bush's 200 RNC address; Mary Robinson's Pearl Buck Awards speech; Jan Piercy's RMWC commencement address; and Elizabeth Edwards' 2004 DNC address.

Great Speeches, Today's Women: Volume 7 Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, Mary McAleese, Mary Yates, Lilly Ledbetter, and Carly Fiorina [electronic resource]

This video features Elizabeth Edwards' "Facing My Mortality" speech; Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC speech; Cindy McCain's 2008 RNC address; President Mary McAleese's Notre Dame commencement address; Ambassador Mary Yates' Oregon State commencement address; Lilly Ledbetter's "Suing for Equal Pay" speech; and Carly Fiorina's 2008 RNC speech.

Great Speeches: Volume 8 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Ann Richards, and Stokely Carmichael [electronic resource]

This program features five historic speeches: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's "Communism and America" speech; John F. Kennedy's "I Am a Berliner" speech; Harry S. Truman's "Whistlestop" speech; Ann Richards' 1988 DNC keynote address; and Stokely Carmichael's "We Ain't Going" speech.