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Little Women: Episode 1

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode one, the women prepare for Christmas and look forward to attending a ball.
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2017; 1970
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Walt Whitman and the Civil War

From the historic battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, distinguished actor Richard Kiley and The First Poetry Quartet present a memorable program of Walt Whitman's poems about the Civil War. Out of the turmoil of this war came Whitman's Drum-Taps—poetry that spoke not only of the tragedy of the conflict, but also to the promise of a young nation and its people.
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2017; 1999
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Little Women: Episode 9

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. In this episode,Jo March laments the fact that she has become an old maid before she and Professor Bhaer confess their feelings for each other.
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2017; 1970
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Henry David Thoreau: An American Eccentric

Henry David Thoreau: An American Eccentric recognizes the two-hundred-year birth of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and celebrates this American non-conformist's life. The program offers insight and awareness into Thoreau's reading habits and writing stratagems. Several Thoreau authorities and scholars including: Professor Philip McFarland; actor historian Richard Smith; Professor T.C. Boyle; Professor Richard H. Baker, and James H. Bride, documentarian share their insights relating to Thoreau's unconventional literary vitality. Professor McFarland elucidates how Thoreau's contemporary Concord townsfolk observed his eccentric behavior and life style. On location at Walden Pond, Richard Smith, actor and historian, reenacts several experiences from Thoreau's years to include: Thoreau's [...]
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2017
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The American, by Henry James

After the horror of the Civil War, "ignorant" Christopher Newman made his fortune. He travels to France is search of cultural treasures, but he won't get past the Paris nightlife. After an affair with a haughty painter, he falls in love with the daughter of the late Marquis de Bellegarde. For her family's sake, she was married off but traumatized by her abusive late husband. Her elder brother supports their ruthless mother, but junior Valentin is besotted with the artist and strikes a partnership with Christopher.
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2017; 1998
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Louisa May Alcott was no little woman, and her life was no children's book. Louisa May Alcott's story is as full of incident, surprise, and heroism as any plot she invented. This first film biography of the beloved author of Little Women stars Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) in a detailed portrait that replaces the image of a New England spinster with a living, breathing, modern woman.
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2017; 2009
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Little Women: Episode 8

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. In this episode, Meg gives birth and Beth succumbs to her illness.
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2017; 1970
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Little Women: Episode 2

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode two, Mr. Laurence offers his piano to Beth. Amy becomes jealous of Jo's time with Laurie and nearly drowns when she tries to accompany them on an outing.
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2017; 1970
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The Innocents Abroad

In June of 1867, Mark Twain boarded a steamship bound for Europe and the Middle East as a correspondent for a San Francisco newspaper. And so began the dream of a great adventure for Americans visiting Europe and the Mediterranean…a tour of grand historical places, a journey of longed-for romance, and a humorous look at people and places as seen through the eyes of America's great storyteller.
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2017; 1990
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Little Women: Episode 6

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode six, Amy is selected as a companion and will travel to Italy. Jo decides to go to New York where she meets Professor Bhaer.
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2017; 1970
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Little Women: Episode 3

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode three, Amy recovers from her accident, Jo meets with an editor and learns John is in love with Meg, and Marmee receives word that her husband is ill.
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2017; 1970
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Little Women: Episode 7

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. In this episode, Beth falls ill and Laurie confesses his feelings to Jo.
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2017; 1970
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Little Women: Episode 5

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode five, the March family celebrates Meg and John's wedding and Jo receives an advance on her novel.
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2017; 1970
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Little Women: Episode 4

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode four, Beth contracts scarlet fever, Marmee returns from Washington DC, and drama occurs with Meg and Brooke.
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2017; 1970