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The Forgotten Fourteen

A documentary depiction of the Battle of New Market Heights, which occurred in September, 1864, for which fourteen African-American soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. Includes reinactments.
Ivy (By Request)

Revolution [electronic resource]

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.
2005; 1998

Mood Indigo [electronic resource]: Blacks and Whites

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.
2005; 1990

The Civil War [electronic resource]: 1861-1863

As the Civil War rages, all eyes turn to Vicksburg, where limited war becomes total war. Professor Miller looks at the ferocity of the fighting, at Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the bitter legacy of the battle, and the war.

Black Soldier Blues

When America established its Pacific supply base in Australia during World War II, Australia's Prime Minister warmly welcomed the estimated one million American servicemen and women stationed and passing through. The exception: black GIs. Because of the racist White Australia Policy the black troops were initially forbidden to be stationed on Australian shores. Between 1942 and 1945, Australia reluctantly agreed to let African American personnel enter, as long as they were separated from the rest of the population. The US high command embraced the policy and African Americans were stationed in strictly segregated zones where they were subjected to atrocious conditions, harsh treatment, racial hatred and even murder. The 96th Battalion rioted out of sheer desperation. In contrast to t [...]

Civil War Journal

Through diaries, photograhs, and factual reenactments, these four episodes focus on the earlier years of the Civil War, including John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry; the first military engagement of the war at Fort Sumter; the first major battle at Bull Ron, and the mix of escaped slaves and educated African American men who made up the 65th Massachussetts regiment.
2001; 1993

Henry Browne, Farmer

Shows a representative African American farm family doing its part in agricultural war production, while a son is training with the 99th Pursuit Squadron near Tuskegee, Ala. Presents specific ways to conserve farm land, machinery, and food.
1991; 1942

Buffalo Soldiers [electronic resource]: An American Legacy

By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 black soldiers were serving in the Federal Army. After the war many decided not to return to a life of sharecropping and racial oppression, instead volunteering to battle outlaws and Indian raiders along the western frontier. This program uses dazzling reenactments and the expertise of military historians to tell the multifaceted story of the Buffalo Soldiers, a name given to black troops by their Native American adversaries. Viewers learn about the daily lives and daunting assignments of these proud African-Americans, the harsh environments in which they conducted missions, and the deeds of individual Buffalo Soldiers such as Sgt. Emanuel Stance, Lt. George Burnett, and Henry Flipper - the first black cadet to graduate from West Point, who [...]

For Love of Liberty! [electronic resource]

Sections include... *Introduction: Colin Powell and Halle Berry. *The Revolution: An escaped slave is among the first to die for freedom. *The British Are Coming: Black men fight at Concord and Bunker Hill. *George Washington Takes Command: General Washington will not accept blacks in the Continental Army. *The 1st Rhode Island Regiment: When finally accepted, black soldiers fight heroically. *E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one-except blacks. *War of 1812: Halle Berry introduction. *Black Men at Sea: Ten percent of all sailors are black. *The Battle of New Orleans: Slaves and free men of color join the fight. *The Abolitionists: Race is tearing the nation apart. *The Civil War: Halle Berry introduction. *Blacks Can't Fight: The North doesn't want black troops. *The Gunboat Planter: Sl [...]

The World at War [electronic resource]

Sections include... *Introduction: Colin Powell. *Negroes Can't Fly: The world's first black military pilot. *The Champagne Offensive: Allies begin "the last great push." *It's Over: The Harlem Hellfighters come home. *Strange Fruit: The Red Summer, 1919. *World War II: Halle Berry introduction. *The First Hero: Dorie Miller's heroic actions at Pearl Harbor. *Double V: The fight for victory at home and abroad. *The Montford Point Marines: The first black marines since the Revolution. *The 555th and the 6888th: Black men and women serve in daring new ways. *USS Mason: Black sailors are finally allowed to fight. *D-Day: Black soldiers protect Omaha and Utah Beaches. *Buffalo Soldiers in Italy: The 92nd Infantry fight their way north. *What Is the Negro Fighting For? Black marines in un [...]

The Long Green Line [electronic resource]

Sections include... *Introduction: Colin Powell. *In the Navy: 320 men lose their lives at Port Chicago. *To the Front: The Red Ball Express and the Black Panthers come out fighting. *Iwo Jima: Montford Point marines make for the shore. *Liberation: Black servicemen and servicewomen return home. *Lynched: World War II veteran and his wife and friends are murdered. *Korea: Halle Berry introduction. *Yechon: First U.S. victory won by black G.I.s. *Daniel "Chappie" James: America's first black four-star general. *North to Disaster: The largest retreat in U.S. Army history. *Desegregation: The U.S. military is officially integrated. *Cornelius Charlton: A father's anguish gives voice to an unspoken truth. *Vietnam: Halle Berry introduction. *The Long Green Line: Colin Powell arrives in V [...]

Supplemental Material [electronic resource]

Consists of more than two hours of raw footage and photographs that offer additional insights into the experiences of black military personnel during America's wars.

Will the Negro Fight? [electronic resource]: For Love of Liberty, the Story of America's Black Patriots

This program is part two of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (University Edition). Sections include: *Introduction: Colin Powell. *Harriet Tubman: Spy, scout, and Union heroine. *The Battle for Richmond: A time for manly tears. *Reconstruction: The fight for equal rights continues. *The Buffalo Soldiers: Halle Berry introduction. *Save the Last Bullet for Yourself: The desperate fight for survival. *Mr. Flipper Goes to West Point: The first black man to graduate from West Point. *Cuba: Buffalo Soldiers save the day on San Juan Hill. *The Brownsville Incident: Buffalo Soldiers falsely accused and discharged "without honor." *The Great War: Halle Berry introduction. *Desperate Times: President Wilson orders the enlistment of all able-bodied men. *The Harlem He [...]

The Struggle Continues [electronic resource]: For Love of Liberty, the Story of America's Black Patriots

This program is part five of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (University Edition). Sections include: *Introduction: Colin Powell. *The Hanoi Hilton: Colonel Fred Cherry endures captivity in a notorious POW camp. *Dangerous Work: Black nurses serve heroically in combat hospitals. *Back Home: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. *Black Power: Racial unrest at home and in the military. *Peace with Honor: Americans leave Vietnam and the military becomes all-volunteer. *Middle East: Halle Berry introduction. *Beirut: Terrorists attack U.S. marines. *The Mother of All Battles: War in the Persian Gulf. *Recognition: Black veterans of World War II finally receive the Medal of Honor. *9/11: Terrorists come to America. *Fighting Back: The War on Terror. *On to Bag [...]

Nightfighters [electronic resource]

The 332nd Fighter Group has a unique place in the annals of WWII air force fighter groups. The group was completely Black. It confounded the expectations and prejudices held by white Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. The group excelled as pilots and became a crack unit, accomplishing goals others couldn't.

Glory: The True Story of Glory Continues

Two idealistic young Bostonians lead the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, America's first Black regiment in the Civil War. The soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black fighting unit of the American Civil War, are portrayed through period drawings, sketches, paintings and photographs, along with film and additional footage from the motion picture, Glory.
1994; 1989
Ivy (By Request)

25th Infantry

From the Biograph picture catalogue: Gen. Frederick D. Grant and Gen. A.S. Burt [commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment] returning from Mt. Ariat [sic], at the head of the famous 25th Infantry, "colored."