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Vote for Me: Politics in America

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Examines the issues and strategies involved in successfully running for political office in the U.S.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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The American President

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Ten one-hour documentaries that focus on different aspects of character and governing style of the men who have served as president of the United States.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Can the States Do It Better?

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This program explores the history and anatomy of the current political debate over the idea of shifting power and authority from the federal government to the states and individuals. The program goes back to the founding of the country and examines the split between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over how much power the federal government should have, to the present.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Modern Presidential Campaigns: Volume IV Packaging the Candidates: Images & Sound Bites

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This program reviews the 1980,1984, 1988 and 1992 elections highlighting the successful media campaigns of Ronald Reagan, the return to prominence of conventions and debates, the first woman on a major party's ticket (Geraldine Ferrraro), and the negative commercials of Bush and Dukakis.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)
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Mandate: The President and the People

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Examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Scholars explore decisive moments in the history of the presidency from George Washington to FDR.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Our Constitution: A Conversation

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United States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer talk about the Constitution with high school students and discuss why we have and need a constitution, what federalism is, how implicit and explicit rights are defined and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Key Constitutional Concepts

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"These three 20- minute videos examine key constitutional concepts. The first explains why the nation's framers created the Constitution. The second describes the protection of individual rights by highlighting the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, affirming the right to an attorney. The last explores the separation of powers by examining the Supreme Court case of Youngstown v. Sawyer, a challenge to President Truman's decision to take over steel mills during the Korean War"--Container.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Presidents

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The lives and legacies of the 43 leaders of the United States. Based on the book To the Best of My Ability, The Presidents features insight from journalists, scholars, and politicians, as well as rare and unseen photographs and footage.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Executive Privilege and Delegation of Powers [electronic resource]

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Examines the executive branch of government and its relationship to the legislative branch. Concludes that the framers of the Constitution were successful in protecting their democratic form of government by formulating this balance of power. To illustrate the balance of power, utilizes a hypothetical case centering on congressional attempts to review records of conversations between the President and his secretary of energy. Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, former President Gerald Ford, and Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, bring first-hand experience to this topic.
Online
1984
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War Powers and Covert Action [electronic resource]

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Examines how the President and Congress work together in war time and times of undercover activity, utilizing a hypothetical case involving the War Powers Resolution to explore whether the Consitution has, or has ever had, relevance in the implementation of foreign policy. Presented by former President Gerald Ford, the Honorable Edmund Muskie, and journalist Tom Wicker.
Online
1984
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Nomination, Election and Succession of the President [electronic resource]

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Explains the process by which a president is elected in the United States, from the role of political parties in nominating the President, the flexibility of the Electoral College when no candidate is clearly electable, and the governmental mechanisms set into motion when the President becomes disabled.
Online
1984
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Criminal Justice and a Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial [electronic resource]

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Examines the criminal justice system from a legal and social perspective. The seminar format features several attorneys who focus on legal ethics in their discussions of the right of the accused to a fair trial versus the right of society to take measures to assure public safety. Should a lawyer defend a guilty person? This and other questions are debated by Bronx district attorney, Mario Merola; New York mayor, Edward Koch; Dan Rather and others.
Online
1984
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Crime and Insanity [electronic resource]

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Utilizes a hypothetical political assassination as a vehicle for exploring the insanity defense and the controversy surrounding psychiatric testimony in the courtroom. Is psychiatric evaluation precise enough to be allowed as testimony in a court of law? U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Irving Kaufman; Hastings Center President Willard Gaylin, and others discuss the issues.
Online
1984
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Crime and Punishments [electronic resource]

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Examines questions about sentencing, what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, the purpose of prison, and the debate over the death penalty. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director, Norman Carson; government leaders, civil libertarians and journalists discuss the issues.
Online
1984
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Campaign Spending [electronic resource]: Money and Media

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Should government regulate the electoral process? Do limits on campaign spending infringe on First Amendment rights? The episode reviews recent attempts to reform campaign financing and the increasing importance of the media as areas where regulation might be appropriate. Political consultant David Garth; Washington Post columnist, David Broder, Bill Moyers and other debate the issues.
Online
1984
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National Security and Freedom of the Press [electronic resource]

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Explores the issue of national security in relation to freedom of the press, utilizing discussion between former CIA Director James Schlesinger and journalists Brit Hume and Dan Rather as they explore the question of whether the Constitution grants the American public a "right to know."
Online
1984
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School Prayer, Gun Control and the Right to Assemble [electronic resource]

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Supposes a hypothetical small town beset by First and Second Amendment controversies and examines the courts' role in determining policy on the sensitive issues of prayer in the schools, gun control, or, the right to bear arms, and the right to assemble. The issues are debated by Griffin Bell, former secretary of education Shirley Hufstedler, and civil liberties counsel, Jeanne Baker.
Online
1984
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Right to Live, Right to Die [electronic resource]

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Presents a discussion among judges, doctors and congressional representatives concerning personal freedoms and privacy as balanced against state intervention and societal rights. Touches on the topic of abortion, "Baby Doc" cases and the right to die. The issues are debated by Gloria Steinem, Joseph Califano, Rep. Henry Hyde, Phil Donahue, and others.
Online
1984
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Immigration Reform [electronic resource]

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Examines criteria for admitting foreigners into the United States, employers' responsibilities in hiring undocumented persons, and the rights of legal and illegal immigrants. The issues are debated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Arlin Adams; Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh and immigration officials and journalists.
Online
1984