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America: The Story of Us

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"A riveting adventure of how America was invented. 'America the story of us' focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of America history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more"--Container.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Unfinished Nation: The Age of the City

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"The 26 half-hour videos in The unfinished nation -- Part II tell the story of America's rich history and unique heritage - from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Information Age. Each of the videos in the series combines interviews with leading scholars and historians, historical footage, photographs, locations of historic interest, and more. Discover the never-ending story that is ... The Unfinished Nation'" -- Container.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Flight 93: The Movie

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The heartbreaking true story of the heroic passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Trapped onboard a hijacked flight, these ordinary citizens disregarded their own personal safety to bond together and overthrow their terrorist captors.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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In Search of America

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In search of America takes you on a journey into the lives of Americans all across the country and back in history to confront principles established by the founding fathers. Exhibits the yearnings of all Americans for a better life.
DVD
2004; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Founding Fathers

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They were the most legendary and respected politicians, statesmen and warriors of history's first republic since the days of ancient Rome. They were also traitors and smugglers, rabble rousers and hot-heads, unfaithful husbands and prodigious drinkers. Our "Founding Fathers" were, in fact, human beings. Gain a fascinating glimpse behind the images on the marble busts and faces on our dollar bills and pocket change.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Best of on the Road With Charles Kuralt

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In The American heritage, Kuralt brings special moments in American history to life, such as Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, wagon trains rolling across the Wild West, Henry Ford and his Model T, and Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute. In Seasons of America, Kuralt traces a year in the life of the United States, spending spring in Vermont, summer in Mark Twain's hometown, autumn in New England, and celebrating a sleigh ride in the winter in Wyoming. Unforgettable people shows a car that runs on corn cobs, the world's largest ball of string, and introduces more than a dozen American families and working people who make America such a unique place.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)
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Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States

With the tremendous success of his book, A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn radically changed the way Americans see themselves. His friend Noam Chomsky says that Zinn litteraly transformed a generation's conscience. Zinn talks about those who have no voice in the official History : Slaves, Indians, deserters, textile workers, union men.Between 1900 and 1920, more than 14 million immigrants arrived in the United States. They came fleeing poverty or war, racism or religious persecution. They dreamed of a promised land, of wealth, or simply of a better life. The New World opened its arms wide to the poor and huddled masses of the Old : its unwanted, its fugitives, and even a few utopians...After all, the rapidly expanding industries of the time required cheap labor, an [...]
Online
2018; 2015
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We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower

In 1621, Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation.
Online
2018; 2009
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Marcus Garvey [electronic resource]: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

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Uses a wealth of archival film, photographs and documents to uncover the story of this Jamaican immigrant who between 1916 and 1921 built the largest black mass movement in world history.
Online
2005; 2001
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Korean War Stories [electronic resource]

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Veterans share their stories of the "Forgotten War", reminding the viewer of the human and social costs the Korean war had on America. Interviewees include Senators John Glenn and John S. Warner, baseball player Ted Williams, musician Willie Nelson, former Secretary of State James Baker, Rep. Charles Rangel, Lt. Col. Charles B. "Brad" Smith, Gen. Raymond Davis, and others.
Online
2005; 2001
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Mill Times [electronic resource]

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Features a story that centers on a small New England community similar to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where the first textile mill in America was established by Samuel Slater. The live action hosted by David Macaulay, takes us from Manchester, England, to Lowell, Massachusetts. Along the way, the host guides viewers through the technological changes that transformed the making of textiles, which became a key component of the Industrial Revolution that swept across Europe and America in the late 18th century.
Online
2005; 2002
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Mark Twain: Part 1 [electronic resource]

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Traces Twain's meteoric rise from his humble birth in Florida, Missouri, to his prosperous 50th birthday in Hartford, Connecticut, when he was the nation's best-selling author. It follows young Sam Clemens to the small Mississippi River town of Hannibal, where he would store up a lifetime's worth of memories that would later populate his novels; his glorious time as a riverboat pilot; and his adventures in Nevada and California, where he failed as a prospector before finding his calling - and adopting his new pen name - as a reporter.
Online
2005; 2001
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Mark Twain: Part 2 [electronic resource]

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Follows Clemens from his 50th birthday to his death at age 75, including material probably less well-known - but equally illuminating - about Twain's life: his lavish lifestyle in Hartford, where he tried to provide his wife and daughters with everything that had been missing from his own upbringing; his financial assistance to a young African-American law student at Yale; and his compulsive speculation in stocks and inventions that ultimately lead to bankruptcy, humiliation, and self-imposed exile in Europe.
Online
2005; 2001
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Seeking the First Americans [electronic resource]

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Archaeologists from Texas to Alaska search for clues to the identity of the first people to tread the North American continent - the early hunters who between 11,000 and 50,000 years ago crossed the Bering Strait in pursuit of game.
Online
2005; 1980
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War Comes to America: Information Film, Part One

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Briefly reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. Explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II.
VHS
1989; 1944
Ivy (By Request)
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Oral Histories [electronic resource]

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Oral histories can serve a dual role in the classroom: as a type of literature to be studied in itself and as artifacts that help explain other literary works. Focuses on how folk songs, interviews, and other oral histories provide alternative views of a text's cultural setting.
Online
2003
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New World Encounters [electronic resource]

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After introducing the team of historians who have created the series, Professor Miller reviews the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America and the explorations of Columbus, DeSoto and the Spanish.
Online
2000
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Executive Privilege and Delegation of Powers [electronic resource]

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Examines the executive branch of government and its relationship to the legislative branch. Concludes that the framers of the Constitution were successful in protecting their democratic form of government by formulating this balance of power. To illustrate the balance of power, utilizes a hypothetical case centering on congressional attempts to review records of conversations between the President and his secretary of energy. Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, former President Gerald Ford, and Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, bring first-hand experience to this topic.
Online
1984
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War Powers and Covert Action [electronic resource]

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Examines how the President and Congress work together in war time and times of undercover activity, utilizing a hypothetical case involving the War Powers Resolution to explore whether the Consitution has, or has ever had, relevance in the implementation of foreign policy. Presented by former President Gerald Ford, the Honorable Edmund Muskie, and journalist Tom Wicker.
Online
1984
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Nomination, Election and Succession of the President [electronic resource]

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Explains the process by which a president is elected in the United States, from the role of political parties in nominating the President, the flexibility of the Electoral College when no candidate is clearly electable, and the governmental mechanisms set into motion when the President becomes disabled.
Online
1984