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The Dust Bowl

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Ken Burns documents the worst human-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews, dramatic photographs, and seldom-seen movie footage bring to life incredible stories of human suffering and perseverance. Includes bonus features.
DVD
2012
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Soul of a People: Writing America's Story

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Recounts the role of the Federal Writers Project as the largest cultural experiment in the nation's history, focusing on writers who recorded local and oral histories all over the nation in the 1930s.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Plot to Overthrow FDR

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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932, many Americans looked to his bold New Deal plans as the way out of the dark days of the Depression. But a powerful group of financiers and industrialists saw his economic policies as a threat. The Plot to Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a colorful and outspoken champion of veteran's rights. But Butler was their undoing. After discovering the details [...]
VHS
1996; 1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Riding the Rails

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The story of tramps riding the rails during the Great Depression.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Surviving the Dust Bowl

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The draught of 1931 brought financial and emotional ruin to thousands of families in the Southern Plains. Dust Bowl was America's worst ecological disaster.
DVD
2007; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mood Indigo [electronic resource]: Blacks and Whites

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Newsreels reveal that the World War II American home front is as racially segregated as the Armed Forces. Although prejudice, discrimination and race riots plague the home front, black civilians continue to back the war effort, and black servicemen distinguish themselves overseas.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Helping Hand

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Looks at how the New Deal helped to create jobs during the Depression. Interviews former Civilian Conservation Corps workers who benefited from these programs.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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We Work Again

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Online
1937
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The Plot to Overthrow FDR

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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932, many Americans looked to his bold New Deal plans as the way out of the dark days of the Depression. But a powerful group of financiers and industrialists saw his economic policies as a threat. The Plot to Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a colorful and outspoken champion of veteran's rights. But Butler was their undoing. After discovering the details [...]
Online
1999; 1996
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Blackfaced Stereotyping, 1933

Racist: A BLACKFACE routine with four guys in blackface singing and acting out a craps game, truly offensive stereotyping
Online
1933
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Flying Machines, 1933

Strange human-powered flying machine inventions that never really worked, including one that actually looks like a bird.
Online
1933
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Bruno Hauptmann, 1934

Tough Guys: Investigation and arraignment of Bruno Hauptmann (for Lindbergh kidnapping and murder)
Online
1934
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Fingerprinting, 1934

The Fatal Fingerprint. Cops taking man's fingerprints, expert examining them, comparing.
Online
1934
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Poorly Conceived Fling Machines, ca. 1935

Goofy segment from a documentary telling the story of "A.V. Ation". Shots of wacky, poorly conceived flying machines.
Online
1935
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Protests Against the Price of Beer, ca. 1937

Beer drinkers have sit-down strike when price of beer goes up to ten cents.
Online
1937
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Workers Strike, ca. 1937

Several different strikes - auto plant, shoe factory, newspaper office and cannery.
Online
1937
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The Great Depression

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This 7-part series on the Great Depression uses newsreels, archival photographs and footage, Hollywood films, and eyewitness accounts to re-create the time, from the end of the Roaring Twenties to the outbreak of the Second World War, when economic forces, political change, and social turmoil transformed the nation.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)