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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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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 1 Independence [electronic resource]

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Part of a documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. In episode 1, the colonists in America decide to stake everything on an armed struggle for freedom and a chance to build a new kind of nation.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 5 a Fatal Contradiction [electronic resource]

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The Declaration of Independence declares, "All men are created equal," but there is a glaring exception -- America's slaves.
Online
2005; 2003
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Freedom, a History of US: Episode 6 War to End Slavery [electronic resource]

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The most terrible war in America's history is fought over the future of slavery in our nation. Looks at the issues of slavery, the abolition movement and the Civil War.
Online
2005; 2003
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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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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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Private Yankee Doodle [electronic resource]

This program was designed to help viewers understand the commitment and everyday sacrifice of Americans during the Revolutionary War. To show the daily routine of the common soldier, an entire Continental Army camp was recreated and 250 soldiers-all authentically dressed and equipped-were recruited from several of the nation's leading military reenactment groups. Historian Burt Kummerow walks across the camp and among the soldiers to explain the background and the purpose of camp activities.
Online
2008
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Shays' Rebellion [electronic resource]: America's First Civil War

In 1786, a Revolutionary War veteran named Daniel Shays, disenchanted by crushing debt and taxes, led an uprising against the government. This program examines Shays' Rebellion, as it came to be called, and the chaotic post-war era that inspired it. General George Washington's return to public life to fill the nation's power vacuum is addressed as well.
Online
1996
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Patrick Henry [electronic resource]: Voice of Liberty

Give me liberty or give me death. This episode of Biography tells Patrick Henry's story through expert commentary, period accounts and artifacts, and revealing excerpts from Henry's speeches and writings.
Online
1998
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In Search of History: Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons [electronic resource]

Conspiracy theorists call it a sinister cabal. Others have called it a harmless social club, a charitable organization, or a brotherhood of learning and enlightenment. So what, exactly, is Freemasonry? This episode of In Search of History investigates as it takes a probing look at arguably the world's most famous secret organization.
Online
1998
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Boston & Lexington [electronic resource]: Landmarks of the American Revolution

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Scenes of Boston and Lexington, two famous places in the American Revolution. Produced by the Ford Motor Company
Online
1923
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Where the Spirit Was Born [electronic resource]: American Revolution

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Shows scenes of the American Revolution, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1918
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Our Founding Fathers [electronic resource]: Who Were They and What Happened to Them?

On this Fourth of July, the most American of holidays, NewsHour's Ray Suarez speaks with Denise Kiernan and Josephe D'Agnese, authors of the book, "Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence," about what happened to the men who affixed their names to the historic document. Origina?
Online
2012
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What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence? [electronic resource]

In this age of texting and tweeting, finding out what happens in American politics is as simple as checking your cellphone. Not so 236 years ago when leaders of America's 13 original colonies met in a hot room in Philadelphia and decided to break their ties with Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence--the "Dear George" letter, if you will-by which the colonists told the British, "We are breaking from you and here's why." NewsHour examines the fates of the signers of that most important of all American documents. Origina?
Online
2012
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Mary Silliman's War [electronic resource]

Filmed under the auspices of Colonial Williamsburg's Institute for Early American History and Culture, this classic drama relates the true story of Mary Silliman, whose husband, a Connecticut State's Attorney, was kidnapped in 1779 by Tories in revenge for his prosecution of two local Loyalists. Silliman fought tenaciously for her husband's release while confronting an array of public and personal challenges. The film has been widely acclaimed for its authentic portrayal of daily life in colonial America as well as its nuanced look at the impact of the Revolutionary War on families. Students will have many themes to discuss: Silliman's subversion of gender roles for colonial-era women, her religious dilemma about the morality of war, and the fact that this often-idealized turning poi [...]
Online
1994