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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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The American Revolution

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Revisit the birth of a nation in this truly definitive look at America's fight for independence and its world-changing rise to glory. From the Declaration of Independence to the Treaty of Paris, these are the stories and events surrounding history.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Liberty!: The American Revolution

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A documentary of the American Revolution. Chronicles events leading up to the war, the revolution, and the writing of the Constitution. Features dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period, comments by historians, and live-action recreations.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Liberty! the American Revolution: Episode 2 Blows Must Decide [electronic resource]

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A total break from Great Britain remained hard for Americans to imagine, even after shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. Words pushed matters "over the edge" in 1776. Thomas Paine's pamphlet, Common Sense, argued that it is the natural right of men to govern themselves. The Declaration of Independence declared this same idea a "self-evident" truth.
Online
2005; 1997
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Liberty! the American Revolution: Episode 3 the Times That Try Men's Souls [electronic resource]

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Days after the Declaration of Independence was signed an immense British force arrived in New York harbor, pitting the largest professional army in the world against George Washington's army of untrained volunteers. Washington wanted to conduct the war in proper 18th-century style, but after an early string of defeats realized he had to avoid fighting at all costs and keep his army on the run. On Dec. 26, 1776, Washington led his army across the Delaware River, surprising a garrison of Hessian soldiers at Trenton.
Online
2005; 1997
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Liberty! the American Revolution: Episode 4 Oh, Fatal Ambition! [electronic resource]

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The "United" States were in need of funds and military support. Congress dispatched Benjamin Franklin to France in hopes of creating an alliance, but Louis XVI was reluctant without assurance of success. When the British army marched down the Hudson River and was crushed at Saratoga, the French entered the war on the American side.
Online
2005; 1997
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Liberty! the American Revolution: Episode 5 the World Turned Upside Down [electronic resource]

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The British hoped to gain support in the southern states by exploiting the contradictions posed by a nation fighting in the name of liberty while supporting slavery, but they failed. Washington's army and the French fleet converged at Yorktown, trapping a weary British army led by Lord Cornwallis. Two years later, the signing of the Treaty of Paris ended eight years of fighting.
Online
2005; 1997
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Thomas Jefferson: Part 1 Life/Liberty ; Our Sacred Honor [electronic resource]

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The first part of a two-part documentary which examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. In this segment a young Jefferson is transformed by the fire of the Enlightenment into his country's most articulate voice for human liberty. Torn between family life at Monticello and his passion for politics, Jefferson suffers heartrending personal loss, even as he gives voice to a new democratic government. He then journeys to Paris as U.S. Minister to France for George Washington and supports the rising French Revolution.
Online
2005; 1997
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The Coming of Independence [electronic resource]: 1763 - 1783

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First-person narratives exemplify the transformation of English-loving colonists into freedom-loving American rebels during the War of Independence. Washington, Jefferson, and Adams are featured as they direct the War and craft the Declaration.
Online
2000
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The American Revolution [electronic resource]

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Interprets the American Revolution as a testing of Enlightenment philosophy and a resistance to restrictions imposed by England.
Online
1989
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The Look of America: 1750-1800

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A survey of life in America from the earliest settlers to the days of the Westward Movement and the Louisiana Purchase. Combines live enactments of craftsmen and settlers at work. Regional differences in artifacts, early design and artwork are emphasized.
VHS
1976
Ivy (By Request)
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Making a Revolution

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Explains that the diverse colonies in America drew together in common complaints against England. Traces the tradition of turning to arms in the face of trouble, from Concord Bridge and the antique long rifles, to the modern National Rifle Association.
VHS
1972
Ivy (By Request)
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Horatio Gates

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Online
2006
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Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason

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Deals with the life of Benedict Arnold. Focuses on Arnold's boyhood, early life in business, and entrance into the service. Also covers his marriage to Peggy Shippen, his heroism in 1777, his eventual treason, his life in England, and his death.
Online
1995
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Rebels [electronic resource]

The story of the American nation begins with the founding of the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies, interactions with Native American peoples, the hardships and dangers that faced the colonists, the origins of the slave trade and a slave-dependent economy, and the tensions that developed between Britain and her New World territories as the colonies grew stronger and more self-sufficient.
Online
2011; 2010
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Revolution [electronic resource]

The first sparks of rebellion against the British Crown, the Declaration of Independence, and the unfolding drama of the American Revolution are examined in this program. Taking on the might of the Empire is no small task, and on numerous occasions the Continental army hovers near defeat. But new allies and battlefield tactics turn the tide, and Washington's eventual triumph paves the way for a new nation.
Online
2011; 2010
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Independence [electronic resource]

The episode begins by examining how the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, sparked a renewed focus on freedom. The program then takes us back to the summer of 1776. The thirteen colonies stake everything on an armed struggle for freedom and the chance to build a new kind of nation. Beginning with a look at the decision to declare independence, the film explores the escalating conflict with Great Britain, including the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's famous midnight ride. America's founding fathers such as George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson - along with other well-known historical figures, including Abigail Adams and Tom Paine - all play roles in the fight for liberty.
Online
2002
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Revolution [electronic resource]

Colonial Americans fight together to defeat the world's most awesome military power. Then they strive to create a new kind of government that will live up to their high ideals. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson each become President; Lewis and Clark undertake their great expedition; and the American dream is born.
Online
2002
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How the States Got Their Shapes [electronic resource]

Is it just a fluke of history that Illinois, not Wisconsin, contains the city of Chicago? Whatever happened to the state of Jefferson? And why is Texas too big to mess with? This program uncovers the political, cultural, and geographical forces that shaped the map of the United States. From the original thirteen colonies to the jigsaw puzzle of today's 50 states... from the nooks and crannies of the east to the rigid boxes of the west... from the Atlantic to the Pacific, viewers learn how America was carved out of the landscape and how the forces that sculpted our country still influence it today.
Online
2010
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In the Beginning [electronic resource]

This program features discussions with three prominent historians about the roots of the Constitution and its impact on our society since its writing. Michael Kammen, Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of history at Cornell University, discusses the Constitution's place and role as a symbol in American life; Forrest McDonald, professor of history at the University of Alabama, talks about the intellectual origins of the Constitution; and Dr. Olive Taylor, professor of history at Howard University, discusses black Americans and others who were not part of the Constitution.
Online
1987