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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: First Pictures --Atomic Blast! (07/08/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the atom bomb test at Bikini Atoll. Universal Newsreel, in cooperation with the U.S. Army and Navy, presents "Operation Crossroads," a film that shows in dramatic detail the various phases of an epochal A-bomb experiment--from takeoff to the awful blast that destroyed or damaged more than half the ships in Bikini Lagoon. The motion picture spectacle of all time!
2010; 1946

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Hughes Plane Crash (07/11/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on Howard Hughes. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Pilot Howard Hughes is seriously injured in the crash of the U.S. Army's XF-11 experimental aircraft.
2010; 1946

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Philippines' Independence Proclaimed (07/15/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on Philippines sovereignty. At the transfer of sovereignty for an independent republic of the Philippines on July 4, President Manuel Rojas, U.S. Ambassador Paul Vories McNutt, and General Douglas MacArthur are present.
2010; 1946

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: 21 Nazi Chiefs Guilty (10/08/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the Nuremberg trials. Nuremberg, Germany: It is doomsday and the day of reckoning as 21 Nazis learn their fate at the end of their 10-month trial. Half will hang.
2010; 1946

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: U.N. And Big 4 Adjourn (12/16/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the United Nations. The UN General Assembly approves the permanent site for its international headquarters: a six-block parcel in mid-town Manhattan, a gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
2010; 1946

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: 94 Die in Air Crashes (06/02/1947)

This Universal newsreel focuses on five topics, as follows. Reel 1, Two record DC-4 airplane crashes leave a total of 94 people dead. Reel 2, Anzio heroes are honored at a Memorial Day ceremony. Reel 3, Displaced Polish women arrive in Montreal to work, while a group of Yugoslav refugees are repatriated to their homeland. Reel 4, Phalanx wins the 79th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race! Reel 5, Mauri Rose wins the 1947 Indy 500 auto race!
2010; 1947

Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Politics --Ike Okays Nixon (09/25/1952)

This Universal newsreel focuses on three topics, as follows. Reel 1, Ike greets Richard Nixon at Wheeling airport; Adlai Stevenson, in Baltimore, speaks on taxes. Reel 2, Two white mice and a rhesus monkey named Albert soar 38 miles in a rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range, making Albert "the world's first space cadet." Reel 3, The palace of exiled Farouk I of Egypt is opened, revealing American comic books and 1,000 ties.
2010; 1952

The Cold War [electronic resource]

In this program, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon argue the merits of democracy and communism in the impromptu Kitchen Debate, complete with on-screen translations. Also included are Nixon's famous "Checkers" speech; a 1960 campaign address to Wisconsin farmers by Senator Hubert Humphrey; and the verbal showdown between Senator Joseph McCarthy and attorney Joseph Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings that helped end McCarthy's political career.
2006; 1995

World War II [electronic resource]

This program features FDR's declaration of war on Japan, and General Douglas MacArthur's "Old Soldiers Never Die" retirement speech before Congress. Other speeches include FDR's humorous response to Republican allegations of budgetary waste surrounding his dog, Fala; General George Patton's controversial stump speech in support of World War II; and excerpts from John L. Lewis's five-hour pro-union filibuster before a congressional committee studying mine safety.
2006; 1995

World War II [electronic resource]: Road to War

This program chronicles the global events that ultimately led to U.S. action in World War II. Discussion points include Hitler and the Nazi Party, fascism in Italy, and Communism under Stalin; British appeasement and American isolationism; blitzkrieg; the Lend-Lease Plan; and the Holocaust. The program ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor-"a date which will live in infamy"-and America's declaration of war. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
2006; 2004

World War II [electronic resource]: World at War

Starting with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, this program follows the United States through its mobilization for war and into battle in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. It also explains the dramatic domestic changes that total war made necessary-from rationing and recycling, to war bonds and government economic controls, to new roles for women in society-and the dawning of the Atomic Age, with its perilous implications for the postwar world. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
2006; 2000

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.
2009; 2004

John F. Kennedy [electronic resource]: 12/02/51

December 2, 1951, marked the first of eight appearances on Meet the Press for John F. Kennedy. In this edition, Kennedy addresses government corruption, the likelihood of General Eisenhower running for President, and his own aspiration to a seat in the Senate with measured answers. But he pulls no punches in his explanation of why America is not generally liked in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, gives a thorough response to the question of whether the U.S. should have fought for unconditional surrender in Korea, and makes prescient observations on the likelihood of defeat of any field army that opposes the Communist guerillas in French Indochina. Introduced by Tim Russert.
2008; 2007

Richard M. Nixon [electronic resource]: 09/14/52

When Richard Nixon made his first appearance on Meet the Press, he was a 39-year-old first-term senator and Dwight D. Eisenhower's vice-presidential running mate. Two months later the pair would win the election, but not before Nixon was almost dropped from the ticket in the wake of controversy over what was characterized as a campaign slush fund-a story that broke immediately after this broadcast. In this edition of Meet the Press, Nixon speaks about the campaign, little knowing that only nine days later he would be scrambling to save his political future with his now-famous "Checkers" speech.
2008; 2007

Herbert Hoover [electronic resource]: 12/11/55

Largely dismissed as a President, Herbert Hoover is remembered today as a humanitarian with progressive views and a deep belief in the necessity of efficient government. In this edition of Meet the Press, the 81-year-old Hoover smoothly handles the give-and-take with the panel as he discusses the work of the Hoover Commission and promotes his idea for a new Executive Branch office: the Administrative Vice-President, whose duty it would be to help operate the federal government-"the biggest business in the whole world." Introduced by Tim Russert.
2008; 2007

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: The Walkie-Talkie, 1946

To Blazes with the Walkie Talkie - Walkie-Talkies used in firefighting

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: DDT Spraying, 1946

DDT Covers US town - streets, rubbish bins, drains, houses and cattle treated with insecticide.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Nuclear Tests in the Bikini Atoll, 1946

Operation Crossroads - Able nuclear test in the Bikini Atoll (part 2)

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Oak Ridge Tennessee, 1946

Newsreel about Oak Ridge Tennessee, "Atomic Capitol of the World," where the Manhattan Project took place.