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The Statue of Liberty [electronic resource]

Ken Burns explores the history of America's premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Features rare archival photographs, paintings, drawings, readings from diaries, letters, and newspapers of the day -- a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants.
2005; 1985

Freedom, a History of US: Episode 3 Liberty for All? [electronic resource]

America was founded as a free land in which people could live out their own destiny but at what cost to Native Americans?
2005; 2003

Freedom, a History of US: Episode 15 We Shall Overcome [electronic resource]

Looks at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 brutally opened a decade that promised peace but yielded violence. His successor, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, took the oath of office on Air Force before flying to Washington.
2005; 2003

Freedom, a History of US: Episode 16 Becoming Free [electronic resource]

Richard Milhouse Nixon served as the thirty-seventh president. His foreign policy accomplishments rank his tenure as one of the most dynamic in presidential history. Inheriting the war in Vietnam from previous administrations, Nixon first sought a military solution, but then turned to diplomacy to end United States' involvement. By approaching Communist China in a historic visit in 1972, Nixon drove a wedge into the powerful Soviet/Chinese block, which began to diplomatically isolate the various Communist dominated countries around the world. This strategy not only ended the war in Vietnam (1973) but also led to the first nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union and limited the spread of Soviet influence in the Middle East.
2005; 2003

One Woman, One Vote [electronic resource]

How could America call itself the world's greatest democracy but continue to deny the right to vote to more than half of its citizens? This program documents the struggle for women's rights that culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Witness the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage and discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women's vote would ignite a social revolution.

Wake Up, America [electronic resource]

The nation is in love with progress, and innovations include steamboats, the Erie Canal, and the first railroads. The Industrial Revolution brings Americans new leisure and personal freedom - but there is a dark side to the story for factory workers and women. Reformers begin to rail against horrendous conditions, while people like Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton rally for equal rights.

Democracy and Struggles [electronic resource]

In the postwar free world, America becomes the acknowledged leader, striving to rebuild democracies abroad. As the Iron Curtain falls and the Cold War begins, fear of communism spreads through the country, sparking Joseph McCarthy's communist witch-hunts. At the same time, the U.S. finally faces up to racial separatism when the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education outlaws segregation.

Let Freedom Ring [electronic resource]

The Civil Rights movement becomes the most effective social movement in U.S. history. During this era, Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Washington, and Little Rock's high school is integrated. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States.

Marching to Freedom Land [electronic resource]

The 1960s bring new progress in the quest for freedom, but this is also an explosive decade that threatens to tear apart the fabric of society. President Kennedy is assassinated, and Lyndon B. Johnson pursues the war in Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated, leaving behind an impressive and growing legacy of non-violent civil rights resistance.

Becoming Free [electronic resource]

America continues to make tremendous strides through the prosperity of the 1980s, 1990s, and into the new millennium. The nation's mettle is severely tested by the tragedy of September 11, 2001, but the people of the United States rally together. New York City comes to stand as a symbol of American diversity.

We Shall Not Be Moved [electronic resource]: African-American Churches in the Civil Rights Era

Using a rich supply of archival photographs and film footage as well as first-hand accounts from pastors, activists, and community members, this program gives long-overdue attention to the pivotal role of African-American churches in the Civil Rights movement. Interviews feature former NAACP executive director Dr. Benjamin Hooks; diplomat, political luminary, and civil rights veteran Andrew Young; 1963 March on Washington organizer Rev. Abraham Lincoln Woods; National Baptist Convention historian Dr. Wilson Fallin; and many others. Viewers learn how the spiritual centers of Southern black life served as places for inspiring, strategizing, and implementing the greatest social and cultural paradigm shift of 20th-century America.

The Abortion War [electronic resource]: Thirty Years After Roe V. Wade

In the years since the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of abortion, the political scene has changed dramatically enough to threaten this landmark decision. On the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this ABC News program surveys the current landscape of opinion and political alignment, examining the shift of momentum concerning abortion rights. Correspondent Dave Marash reports from Minnesota, while anchor Chris Bury discusses the issue with a panel of women who hold disparate views on abortion rights.
2006; 2003

Liberty and Security in an Age of Terrorism [electronic resource]

The U.S. is on orange alert, and the citizens of Midburgh are on the lookout for "suspicious activity." What should they do when circumstantial evidence indicating a potential terrorist plot points to two people of Arab ethnicity? This Fred Friendly Seminar, produced as part of Columbia University's 250th Anniversary, explores the balance between national security and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world. Is one price of vigilance suspicion among neighbors? Do the demands of security now require broader government power to investigate and to detain? Using a hypothetical scenario, moderator Professor Michael Dorf of Columbia Law School pushes the panelists to confront these issues. Panelists include Viet Dinh, a principal architect of the USA PATRIOT Act; Congressman Barney Frank (D [...]
2005; 2003

The Patriot Act Under Fire [electronic resource]

To many, worrying about constitutional rights seemed like an archaic luxury while Ground Zero was still smoking. The need for tighter homeland security made civil liberties take a back seat to urgent measures such as the USA PATRIOT Act designed to defend America from terrorists. But two years later, that piece of legislation came under fire from both the left and the right. In this ABC News program, Ted Koppel takes a hard look at the law with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU, and others.
2006; 2003

Gay Marriage and the Constitution [electronic resource]

This ABC News program looks at the constitutional controversy over gay marriage as it exploded in both Massachusetts and California in February 2004. Is it a matter of civil rights or human rights? Should it be addressed at a state level or a federal level? Ted Koppel moderates a debate about gay marriage and its legal ramifications with Representative Barney Frank, conservative political activist Gary Bauer, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who arranged for the issuance of marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples because the California Family Code is allegedly in violation of the state's constitution in the matter of gay marriage.
2006; 2004

Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend [electronic resource]: Debate

As valued as it is, the principle of free speech through which everyone can have their say is an especially slippery slope as populations grow more pluralistic and the desire to get along creates pressure to curtail any expression that may potentially insult some portion of the people. Must freedom of expression include the license to offend? That is the question in this Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion bring up the pernicious effects of censorship, the suppression of healthy debate, and repressiveness that can lead to authoritarianism, while those against speak of freedom of speech as a means to an end rooted in a particular place and time rather than as an ideal and stress the value to society of outlawing expression such as child porn [...]
2009; 2006

[electronic resource]: Justice and Reparation in California's Legal System

In 1991, Rick Walker was wrongly convicted of murder and spent the next 12 years in prison. This program tells the story of his exoneration and the political struggle to secure financial compensation for him from the state of California. In addition to an interview with Walker himself, the film presents detailed conversations with key players in his case and the partisan budget battle over reimbursing him. Interviewees include Alison Tucher, the lawyer who proved Walker's innocence; George Kennedy, the Santa Clara County District Attorney at the time; and Joe Simitian, the state assemblyman who fought to pass the bill that gave Walker

Minds That Matter [electronic resource]: John Lewis

No one grasps the connections between social activism, electoral politics, and racial issues better than Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), perhaps the most prominent living veteran of the American civil rights movement. In 2007, he received the Robert J. Dole Leadership Prize from the University of Kansas and, in conjunction with the award, granted this in-depth interview before a live audience. Rep. Lewis discusses an epic range of topics, including his childhood in segregated Alabama; his first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the back-stage dilemma over his speech at the finale of the March on Washington; his role in the attempted march from Selma to Montgomery; the ongoing need for social activism today; and more.
2009; 2008

Science of Surveillance [electronic resource]

In today's information-starved and fear-driven society, surveillance technology seems to be deployed almost everywhere-and a surveillance mind-set is just as ubiquitous. This program introduces students to the concept of a "surveillance society" and shows how cutting-edge tools are being developed to identify, monitor, and track both people and objects. Viewers are empowered to explore the central paradox of surveillance technology-specifically, that it seems to bring advantages, making us safer and our lives more convenient, but at what cost to privacy and individual freedoms?
2010; 2007

Intifada NYC [electronic resource]: The Khalil Gibran Academy and Post-9/11 Politics

In 2007, the first Arabic language public school in the U.S. opened in New York City, generating a tidal wave of controversy. This program follows the Khalil Gibran International Academy's turbulent beginnings; the political firestorm that culminated in the resignation of Debbie Almontaser, the academy's founding principal; and Almontaser's legal battle to get her job back. The compelling narrative combines news clips, interviews with key players in the controversy, and graphic novel-style drawings for added visual interest-shedding light on important First Amendment concepts as well as the "Stop the Madrassa" campaign that accused the school of harboring Islamist influences.
2010; 2009