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Dalya's Other Country

"Dayla, a 12-year-old girl, and her mother leave war-torn Aleppo to make a new life in Los Angeles, where Dayla creates a new identity for herself as an American."--Wikipedia.
Clemons (Stacks)


The true account of seven Cuban refugees (and their families) who attempted to immigrate to America via a series of homemade rafts.
2005; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)

De Nadie: No One

Prepárese para dejarlo todo atrás desde Sur y Centro America viajando solo con un vago sentido de dirección y el eco de su familia aún en sus oídos. Prepárese para enfrentarse a la intimidación, corrupción y el peligro en México que eventualmente encontrará en 1,300 millas al norte al tratar de cruzar la frontera y llegar a Estados Unidos.; A documentary following Central and South American emigrants as they traverse Mexico to cross the Mexican/U.S. border legally or illegally. Follow one man as he leaves behind everything in Central America. With little sense of direction and only his family's memories as company, he faces the dangers in Mexico and tries to cross into freedom and the United States.
2007; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)

Faces of America

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. turns again to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 11 renowned celebrities including Meryl Streep and Queen Noor. Looking to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates follows the threads of his guests' lives back to their origins. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers illuminate the American experience.
Clemons (Stacks)

Brothers and Others

"Brothers and others documents the impact of the September 11th tragedy on Muslims and Arabs living in America. We follow immigrants and Americans as they struggle in the heightened climate of hate, FBI and INS investigations, and the economic hardships that erupted following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."--Container. On power, dissent and racism consists of an interview in which Noam Chomsky presents his reflections on the motivations behind 9/11 and its consequences internationally.
Clemons (Stacks)

Out of Ireland

Examines the history of the seven million Irish who emigrated to America in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries including the causes of the exodus and the immigrant experience in the United States. Uses photographs, archival footage, manuscript material and interviews with Irish immigrants to describe their experiences and the profound influence they have had on American culture.
1995; 1994
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Journey to America [electronic resource]

Documentary using archival photographs and films, made as a tribute to the over 12 million people who journeyed to the U.S. from their homelands through Ellis Island between 1890 and 1920.
2005; 1989

Social Realism [electronic resource]

Explores the social class structure that resulted from the forces of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration in America during the Gilded Age. Discusses Edith Wharton's exploration of the social pressures put upon society women. Also examines her attention to the psychological and emotional motivations of the characters in her novels. Looks at Anzi Yezierska's depictions of the lives of Jewish immigrants in New York. Discusses her examination of the process of assimilation and acculturization in her novels.

Ellis Island

Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary adventures, historians explore the sometimes insensitive national policies, and the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveals what the immigration experience was actually like. Features rare photographs and film.

Destination America: The People and Cultures That Created a Nation

Destination America looks at the driving forces that have compelled individuals to immigrate to America and, in particular, the immigration of women who have come to this country in search of opportunity and basic human rights denied them in their homelands.

By River, by Rail [electronic resource]: History of the Black Migration

In the early 20th century, blacks moved north in hope of a better life with little more than a prayer and the shirts on their backs. In this program, poet Maya Angelou, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, and a host of other African-Americans recount the story of the migration, of separated families, and of the hardships, prejudice, and struggle for acceptance in the North that resulted in disillusionment. Black luminaries include James Cameron, author of A Time of Terror; Jacob Lawrence, artist and creator of The Black Migration series; and Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the Back to Africa movement of the 1920s.
2006; 1994

Amendment 17 [electronic resource]: Elections of U.S. Senators

The U.S. Constitution is the world's oldest written charter of government in continuous effect. Much of the success of this document can be attributed to the way the Constitution has changed to meet the needs of the American people. The framers of the Constitution wisely anticipated the need to make changes to the Constitution as the world itself changed. Between 1787, when the Constitution was written, and the present time, thousands of proposed amendments have been introduced in Congress. But in that time, only 27 of those proposed amendments have been ratified. These 27 amendments tell some of the most important stories in American political, social, and cultural history. They tell the story of the founding principles of the American nation, and how that nation has changed. This c [...]
2007; 1998

Sacred Spirit [electronic resource]: Lakota Sioux, Past and Present

This poignant collage features members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux living on and off the Pine Ridge reservation who present their unself-pitying yet pointed observations on Lakota history and modern-day Lakota life. Their creation myth and their attitudes toward Mother Earth and the concept of time contribute insights into their worldview, while footage of a major powwow and a tepee-raising offer glimpses of the people's cultural heritage. Wounded Knee and the extermination of the buffalo are discussed. Gang violence, alcoholism, lack of employment, and housing and health problems are also addressed, as well as the many faces of subjugation.
2005; 1999

The Biggest Jewish City in the World [electronic resource]

From the Czarist persecutions to those of Hitler, America provided a haven for Jews. Their influx made New York the world's most densely populated city. They went on to become one of the most influential immigrant groups in America.
2007; 1976

T.R. And His Times [electronic resource]

Theodore Roosevelt-cowboy, soldier, explorer, hunter, historian, reformer, naturalist, and last but not least, President of the United States. He led America exuberantly into the 1900s, but for all his unswerving patriotism and over-brimming confidence, his tenure as Chief Executive was as laden with complexity as the new century itself. In this program, Bill Moyers joins Roosevelt biographer David McCullough at T.R.'s summer home at Oyster Bay, Long Island. Together they explore the foremost Rough Rider's incendiary career, which, politically speaking, ended not with his presidency but at the conclusion of World War I.
2010; 1984

The Second American Revolution: Part 1 [electronic resource]

For African-Americans, the 20th century was fraught with contrasts. There was the glowing promise of equality in the nation's charters and there was the actual bigotry that shadowed and shrank that promise. In this program, Bill Moyers is joined by a distinguished couple who have long spoken for black aspirations-Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Together they re-create, in dramatic dialogue and often in original settings, the world of 20th-century black America, which was, in both its highs and lows, a world filled with signposts about America itself. This episode covers the African-American struggle from 1900 to 1920.
2010; 1984

Out of the Depths [electronic resource]: The Miner's Story

Danger has always surrounded the coal miner's profession, but in the early years of the Colorado coal fields, it was almost as risky for a worker to stay above ground and face the wrath of the company as it was to toil in the tunnels below. This Bill Moyers program presents the memories of the people who worked those mines, freeing the rocks, metals, and minerals on which much of 20th-century American industry was founded. The depths of their struggles are revealed as they recall the deplorable conditions in which they labored and the events which led to the legendary 1913 United Mine Workers' strike as well as the infamous 1914 Ludlow Massacre.
2010; 1984

Thomas A. Edison [electronic resource]: The Wizard of Menlo Park

American inventor, scientist, and businessman, this episode of A&E Classroom profiles Thomas Alva Edison, dubbed 'The Wizard of Menlo Park' for his creation of the long-lasting electric light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the sound recording. Edison originated more than 1,000 U.S. and international patents for devices that greatly influenced communication around the world.
2011; 1996

The Orphan Trains [electronic resource]

Eighty years ago, Elliot Bobo was taken from his alcoholic father's home, given a small cardboard suitcase, and put on board an "orphan train" bound for Arkansas. Bobo never saw his father again. He was one of tens of thousands of neglected and orphaned children who roamed the streets of New York in search of money, food, and shelter. Beginning in 1853 a young minister named Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society - an organization that sent orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. His program would turn out to be a forerunner of modern foster care. But as The Orphan Trains, from the PBS American Experience collection, so poignantly reveals, even those for whom the journey ultimately was a triumph found the transition from one life to another almost always [...]

Division [electronic resource]

America became a nation just as a revolution in commerce and industry swept the Western world. This program explores the economic growth of the United States in the context of rising friction between the North and South-over the moral issue of slavery, but also over the differences between industrial power and an agricultural economy focused on cotton. With the election of Abraham Lincoln, Civil War was inevitable.
2011; 2010