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Newsreels 1950-55

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In the age before television, people saw the news every week in their neighborhood movie theater, in the newsreels that were shown with every feature film. This DVD contains a selection of newsreels made by Universal International News, compiled by Professor Steven Schoenherr for history classes at the University of San Diego. These visual historical documents have been reproduced from reference cassettes at the National Archives in College Park MD. In living black-and-white, they offer a fascinating and unique view of an era when motion pictures defined our culture.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Big Red One in Vietnam

Produced by the U.S. Army, this episode of The Big Picture focuses on the First Infantry Division in South Vietnam. In addition to chronicling its battle actions since its arrival in Vietnam in July 1965 until its largest campaign, Operation Junction City in March 1967, this captivating film features footage from the National Archives and Records Administration. It also depicts the severe combat conditions encountered by the troops as well as the esprit de corps of the fighting men of the First Infantry Division.
Online
2008
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The Big PicturePictorial Report No. 3 [electronic resource]

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series takes viewers on a journey around the world in a mere half an hour, showing military police activities in Europe, helicopter activities in the Far East, and the latest in training methods within the Zone of Interior, aka the United States. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration presents these thrilling, informative scenes to American viewers so they understand how our Army is responding to events worldwide.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Why North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)?

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, narrated by news analyst Edward R. Murrow, focuses on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, of which the United States is a founding member. This alliance was created in response to the two World Wars and the Korean War, which showed that when one free nation anywhere is threatened by aggression, the safety of all free nations is ultimately at stake. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the United States in its strategic role as leader in the free world and its alliance with other nations dedicated to the preservation of peace and the welfare of mankind.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Special Forces Training

This episode from the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, narrated by motion picture, stage, and television star Henry Fonda, turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces. Viewers will find this video from the National Archives and Records Administration entertaining and informative as they see the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as well as an exciting Special Forces training mission high in the Bavarian Alps.
Online
2008
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Pearl Harbor [electronic resource]

This program examines the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through the eyes of veterans from both sides.
Online
2011; 2001
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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.
Online
2002
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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.
Online
2002
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Black/White & Brown [electronic resource]: Brown V. The Board of Education of Topeka

Myths, misconceptions, and the march of time have obscured the true origins and legal details of Brown v. The Board of Education. This fascinating program connects viewers with the people, places, events, and ideas that shaped the landmark civil rights case. Interviewees include Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of lead plaintiff Oliver Brown; Zelma Henderson, who, until her death in 2008, was the only surviving Brown plaintiff; and the children of other plaintiffs, attorneys, and activists. Civil rights leader Roger Wilkins and other scholars provide additional expertise on the roles played by the NAACP and the U.S. Justice Department.
Online
2009; 2004
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Truman

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The story of Harry S. Truman's life, with comments by contemporaries and historians.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Modern U.S. History Unit One 1945-1960: From Cold War to Hostage Crisis

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This program covers the Truman-Eisenhower years, as the United States celebrates an end to World War II, then plunges into the Cold War. Explores the anticommunist hysteria led by Joseph McCarthy and traces the course of the Korean War. Includes American response to 'Sputnik'-- and to Russia's first Atomic bomb.
Online
1986