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King: A Filmed Record -- Montgomery to Memphis

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"King ... is the landmark documentary that chronicles the life and non-violent campaigns for civil rights of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1957 and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968 ... [C]ombines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. Kings legacy and the American Civil Rights movement." -- container
DVD
2012; 1970
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

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The film that helped reopen one of history's most notorious cold case civil rights murders is the result of the director's 10-year journey to uncover the truth. In August, 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle's home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos : whistling at a white woman in public. It was Beauchamp's nine years of investigation, summarized in the film, that was primarily responsible for the Justice Department reopening the case.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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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 These visual historical documents have been reproduced from reference cassettes at the National Archives in College Park MD.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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Newsreels 1956

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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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Newsreels 1957-58

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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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Newsreels 1959-60

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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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Newsreels 1960

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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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Newsreels 1961-63

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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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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 14 Let Freedom Ring [electronic resource]

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In the 1950s and early '60s a freedom movement emerges with the purpose of ending segregation and racism against African-Americans becoming the most effective social revolution in U.S. history. It also examines the presidency of John F. Kennedy and the rise of the National Farm Workers Association.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Fifties [electronic resource]: 1945 - 1960

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Professor Miller continues the story of the second World War and the legacy of Americans dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Veterans return from the war to create new lives. The GI Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War and rock'n'roll are signs of the times.
Online
2000
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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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McCarthy Trials [electronic resource]: An Exploration Through Archival Film

Presenting archival footage from the anti-communist turmoil of the 1950s, this program takes viewers back to an America turning against itself, an America pushed into a state of paranoia by one man-Senator Joseph McCarthy. Historian Ben Walsh serves as a helpful guide to these newsreel materials while also making use of insightful excerpts on the topic from the 1984 Bill Moyers series A Walk Through the 20th Century (item 42066, Post-War Hopes, Cold War Dreams). Looking at McCarthy's tactics in naming and punishing alleged communist activists and supporters, as well as his use and manipulation of the media, the program is a valuable resource not only for teaching about postwar America, but also for instruction in the use of archival films.
Online
2006
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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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Suburban America [electronic resource]: Problems & Promise

Filmed in a wide range of suburban and metropolitan areas around the United States, this program presents a dynamic and thought-provoking exploration of American suburbia, including its genesis and history, its dramatic political and social evolution, and its developmental challenges. Viewers are guided through specific issues facing the nation's suburban landscape, including problems in infrastructure, transportation, housing, economic development, environmental sustainability, and community revitalization. Interviews with leading policy experts offer remarkable insight into the grey areas that separate - or connect, depending on one's point of view - America's cities and rural regions.
Online
2011
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Blood and Bullets

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture pays tribute to combat medics and their intimate role with the infantryman in battle. Also in this film from the National Archives and Records Administration is an interview of Major Robert Glazier, Cleveland, Ohio, veteran of eight campaigns and Battalion Commander of the 3rd Infantry, by Colonel William Quinn.
Online
2007
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Operation Mercy

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series tells the story of the Hungarian Revolution as seen through the eyes of its freedom fighters. Beginning at the end of October 1956, the revolution against the government's Soviet-imposed policies caused thousands of Hungarians to find refuge in neighboring Austria and Yugoslavia. In response, the U.S. Army launched "Operation Mercy," transporting Hungarian refugees to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, as part of the U.S.'s humanitarian efforts. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the U.S. Army's "human side" as it coordinates efforts with the American Red Cross, American Embassy in Munich, and other agencies.
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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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: You in Japan

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series takes viewers on a pictorial journey to Japan as U.S. servicemen experienced it in 1957. This program from the National Archives and Records Administration endeavors to dispel myths about Japan and to showcase the country's industrial, agricultural, and economic state after suffering heavy destruction in World War II. Differences in culture are also presented, as viewed by someone from the United States visiting for the first time.
Online
2008