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Slavery by Another Name

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Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.
DVD
2012
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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

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A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. The first episode, Terrible transformation, examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generated profits that ensured the colonies' growth and survival. In the second episode, Revolution, while the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom eve [...]
DVD
2006; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Civil War

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DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Slavery and the Making of America

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This program examines the history of slavery in the United States and the role it played in shaping the new country's development.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

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Nearly ten years in the making, this landmark six-hour film series exposes the truth through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts. [It] helps define the reality of slavery's past through the insightful commentary of a wide range of voices including General Colin Powell, authors John Edgar Wideman and Barry Unsworth and leading scholars. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett it offers unparalleled understanding - from slavery's birth in the early 1600s through the violent onset of civil war in 1860.
DVD
2000; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Found Voices: The Slave Narratives

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Program tells of sound recordings made of interviews with former slaves in the 1930s and 1940s. Tapes have been digitally remastered and video includes transcript as subtitles. Slaves interviewed include Fountain Hughes (VA), Laura Smalley (TX), Harriet Smith (TX); interviewers include John Henry Faulk.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Slavery's Buried Past

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This show focuses on Michael Blakey, a Howard University biological anthropologist, as he does research on human skeletons found in an 18th Century slave graveyard uncovered in New York City in 1991.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Brotherly Love [electronic resource]

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Examines the first forty years of the new nation through the fortunes of Philadelphia's unique free black community. As freedmen and fugitive slaves seek full participation in American democracy, a new leadership emerges. Black churches become the fulcrum of the community, providing schools, aiding their poor and agitating for the repeal of slave laws. Despite intensified brutality in the South and a new popular culture based on blackface minstrelsy in the North, African Americans resoundingly vote to stay and challenge the democracy.
Online
2005; 1998
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Revolution [electronic resource]

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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.
Online
2005; 1998
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Judgment Day [electronic resource]

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Tells of the last years before the Civil War. Black abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, Rev. Jermain Loguen and Sojourner Truth agitate against southern slavery and northern racism. Southern states threaten to leave the union. In 1850, a last political compromise trades away black rights to keep the nation united. As slaveholders call for reopening the slave trade, abolitionists fight back. John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry seems the final blow.
Online
2005; 1998
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Dark Passages [electronic resource]

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Employes a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization. Tells the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River.
Online
2005; 1990
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Slavery [electronic resource]

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In a sketch of the lives of slave and master, Professor Masur reveals the human side of America history during the mid-1800's, placing this in the context of the growing rift between the culture and economy of the North and South.
Online
2000
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Unearthing Secret America [electronic resource]

This edition of PBS Scientific American Frontiers delves into the secrets of America's past - as archeologists investigate three tremendous discoveries: unique finds that bring our history to life like never before. Unearthing Secret America shows how the Jamestown fort offers clues to the struggles of the colonists and how slave quarters at Monticello and Williamsburg expose a secret world for the first time: revealing economic shifts that altered the experience of enslaved and free people in ways we are just beginning to understand. A story told with rich detail, it is a fresh and up-close look at life in America from the colonial period up through the 19th century.
Online
2002
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New York, 1609-1825 [electronic resource]: The Country and the City

This episode of New York: A Documentary Film begins by identifying the key themes that shaped New York's history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity. Filmmaker Ric Burns charts the development of the city founded by the Dutch as a purely commercial enterprise, first as New Amsterdam, a freewheeling enclave of trade and opportunity; then as the British colony of New York, bestowed as a birthday gift upon the Duke of York by his brother, King Charles, and fueled by slavery; soon after as a strategically pivotal locale in the American Revolution; and ultimately as the city of New York: the nation's first capital and the place destined to define urban life in America - and American ideals.
Online
2003
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Howard Zinn: The People's Historian: Part 1 a Nation in Development (1492- 1787) [electronic resource]

Historian and author of A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn presents a moral perspective on early America, citing events and movements rarely covered in U.S. history textbooks. In this interview, he discusses Columbus' atrocities against indigenous tribes in the Caribbean, slavery and Abolitionist Movement, colonial massacres against Native Americans that marked the beginning of Westward Expansion, Civil War Indian Removal policies, and the class conflict that shaped the Revolutionary War through army mutinies and veteran's uprisings. A common thread throughout our history is the gap between American ideals of freedom and democracy, and the reality of social divisions, economic inequality, and grassroots organization for constitutional reform.
Online
2014
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The People [electronic resource]: The West, a Film by Stephen Ives

Experience the rich cultural diversity of Native American tribes and the impact that early white explorers had on their lives. In this program, viewers will learn about the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi culture and the successful Pueblo revolt against their Spanish conquerors. First-person accounts bring to life the adventures of early explorers, from Cabeza de Vaca, the first white man to enter the West, to the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Online
1996
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The Abolitionists

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"Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history"--Container.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dark Passages

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Employs a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization to tell the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River.
Online
1995; 1990
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Thomas Jefferson: A View From the Mountain

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Tells the story of one of America's most complex and enduring figures and his personal and public struggle with an issue that would come to define our nation. Also examines the possible relationship between Jefferson and Monticello slave, Sally Hemings.
DVD
2004; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)