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Making the World Safe for Democracy [electronic resource]: Manifest Destiny

As the United States reshaped Manifest Destiny for use in the 20th century, the concept came to be equated not with conquest and expansion, but with the spread of American values and institutions. Focusing on World War I and the Russian Revolution, the section "A New World Order" traces the deflected trajectory of President Wilson's idealistic plan to export democracy - a plan that ended in compromises and broken dreams. "Containment," which begins with World War II, examines the spread of communism in Asia and U.S. opposition to it via the Kennan policy of containment and the Truman Doctrine. And "Quagmire" discusses how the Kennedy and Johnson administrations felt duty-bound to escalate American political and military involvement in Vietnam as a part of an ideological proxy war bet [...]
Online
2010
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China's Nuclear Bomb [electronic resource]

In 1964 Mao Zedong's People's Republic became the fifth nation to test a nuclear weapon, changing the balance of power in eastern Asia, and the rest of the world, forever. Set against the backdrop of the developing Cold War, this documentary uses personal interviews and extraordinary archival footage in its dramatic account of the making of China's first atomic bomb. Acclaimed director Peter Du Cane weaves historical data with human logistics as he charts the construction of testing facilities, obtaining of materials, and recruitment of scientists - who couldn't tell their families about the top-secret project - while keeping the implications of global politics always in sight.
Online
2010
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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

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After finding out his wife is pregnant, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock sets off for the Middle East in search of Osama, to make the world safer for his unborn child. He finds that people there aren't so different from the people back home.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
Online
2017; 2016
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Black Gold: The Story of Oil

This documentary looks at the U.S. oil industry’s development and evolution over a century. Beginning with Edwin Drake’s first well in Pennsylvania, we learn about John D. Rockefeller’s rise to prominence as a “robber baron” controlling 90% of U.S. refineries through the Standard Oil Trust; the transition from kerosene to gasoline around the turn of the century; competition from Texas oil wildcatters; anti-trust legislation dissolving Standard Oil in 1911; America’s love affair with the automobile in the 1950s that brought about oil imports; the OPEC embargo; and Gulf War, waged to protect the oil-dependent American economy.
Online
2017; 1998
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Warfront '68

From Saigon, four leading correspondents discuss Vietnam's battles on this NET Journal—Warfront '68 program. Participating in this National Educational Television production are Robert Shaplen of The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett of the Associated Press, William Tuohy of the Los Angeles Times, and R.W. Apple, Jr. of the New York Times. A.H. Perlmutter, the program's executive producter, acts as a moderator.
Online
2017; 1968
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Birth of Rock Music

U.S.A., the 1950s. A climate of racism pervades society —particularly in the South, where it is unthinkable that whites should listen to the same music as blacks. It is in this context that a new style of music appears. Afro-American rhythm and blues is adapted, and the result is rock ’n’ roll. However, for the moment, this music is mostly played by black artists for a black community. Then, in 1954, Elvis Presley walks through the door of the Sun Records studio. The young truck driver wants to give his mother a record as a present, so he records two songs, pays $4.00, and leaves with his record under his arm. Elvis Presley is spotted by the owner of Sun Records, enjoys a meteoric rise, and brings rock ’n’ roll to the wider, white American audience. After the United States, England g [...]
Online
2017; 2016
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The Ferry: A Civil Rights Story

Weeks before Selma's Bloody Sunday in 1965, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged residents of Gee's Bend, Alabama, to vote, and fed a continuing fight over a small ferry that would last for decades.
Online
2017; 2015
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Persian Gulf War: Part 1

Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait resulted in more than one million troops facing off against each other in the desert of the Persian Gulf. The Allied Coalition's air war, known as Operation Desert Storm, involved the most sophisticated technological weaponry available.
Online
2017; 2003
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Space Conquest

It’s the Cold War between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. The Soviet Union has a clear lead in the conquest of space. America fully understands all that is at stake politically on April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to make a journey into space. The news creates a huge impact around the world. The Soviet Union now appears to be the most advanced nation on the planet. Khrushchev announces swaggeringly: “The Capitalist countries are trying to catch up with us!” Since January 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been leading the U.S.A. He is an ardent supporter of the space program even though the accumulated delay behind the U.S.S.R. seems insurmountable... Then, on September 12, 1962, Kennedy makes a speech that becomes famous: “We choose to go to the Moon.” These words give a [...]
Online
2017; 2016
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10 Homes That Changed America

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic architecture, 10 Homes will also offer a lesson in the history of American domestic life, as the evolving design of these homes over time reveals America’s changing relationship with nature, technology, and each other.
Online
2017; 2016
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Gerald Ford: Interview (1/14/91)

An interview with former President Gerald Ford on the prospect of the United States going to war in the Persian Gulf, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
Online
2017; 1991
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Who Invited Us?

Are we imperialists? Do we fight for ideology or for investment? These questions are placed in an economic, politcal, and military context by producer Al Levin, winner of a DuPont award for Defense and Domestic Needs: Contest for Tomorrow.
Online
2018; 1970
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The Cuban Missile Crisis

1962—American spy planes spot launch ramps in Cuba that are designed for nuclear missiles. President Kennedy orders that the island be blockaded in order to inspect any ships wishing to dock there. On October 26, Khrushchev tells Kennedy that he will continue his action: “If the United States want war, we shall find ourselves in hell.” The CIA informs the American president that 24 Russian missiles are now operational and pointing at precise locations in the country. Off the coast of Cuba, the U.S. Navy confronts the Russian fleet and is hunting down Russian submarines. Two of them break surface, but a third remains submerged, refusing to come up. Three exercise charges are dropped to emphasize the order to surface. Moscow orders its vessel to react. A nuclear torpedo is loaded into [...]
Online
2017
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Persian Gulf War: Part 2

Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait resulted in more than one million troops facing off against each other in the desert of the Persian Gulf. The Allied Coalition's air war, known as Operation Desert Storm, involved the most sophisticated technological weaponry available.
Online
2017; 2003
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10 Parks That Changed America

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks, and learn the history of landscape architecture—an American-born art in which human beings try their best to mimic nature.
Online
2017; 2016
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Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War

Explore the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters-Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev-and explores how the world's most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and outlines the courage and luck it took to climb out again.
Online
2018; 2012
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100 Years, 100 Events: 1990's

Every decade has its share of important events. But in this completely engrossing series we bring you only the best, the most far-reaching, the most worldly, and the most consequential. You will see a unique clarity of history through the "most privy" in insider accounts and expert witnesses. Events include: Germany Reunification, The Gulf War, Communists Try To Grab Back Power In Moscow, The Horror In Bosnia, The Failure In Somalia, Nelson Mandela, Yitzhak Rabin, The Death Of Princess Diana, Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky, and 100 Years: A Retrospective.
Online
2019; 2010
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100 Years, 100 Events: 1970's

Every decade has its share of important events. But in this completely engrossing series we bring you only the best, the most far-reaching, the most worldly, and the most consequential. You will see a unique clarity of history through the "most privy" in insider accounts and expert witnesses. Events include: Salute In Warsaw, Napalm Girl From Vietnam, The Attack On The Olympic Camp In Munich, The Guillaume Scandals, The Watergate Hotel: Nixon Resigns, Fall Of Saigon, The Mourning In Soweto, Hijack of Lufthansa, First Test-Tube-Baby, and The Islamic Revolution: Khomeini's Return To Iran.
Online
2019; 2010
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100 Years, 100 Events: 1980's

Every decade has its share of important events. But in this completely engrossing series we bring you only the best, the most far-reaching, the most worldly, and the most consequential. You will see a unique clarity of history through the "most privy" in insider accounts and expert witnesses. Events include: Lech Walesa - Solidarity, Assassination Attempt On Pope John Paul II, The Falklands War, The Diary Of Hitler, The Aids Virus: Patient Zero, NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes During Takeoff, The Chernobyl Disaster, The Death Of Uwe Barschel, Gladbeck Hostages, and The Fall Of The Berlin Wall.
Online
2019; 2010