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Cronkite Remembers a Remarkable Century

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Walter Cronkite, using archival news footage and revealing interviews, reminisces about his career in journalism covering major events in recent history.
DVD
2007; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Cold War [electronic resource]

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Traces the events that led to the Cold war, including the U.S. funding of the redevelopment and defense of Western Europe and the formation of the Common Market. Discusses the confrontation of the United States and the Soviet Union in Korea.
Online
1989
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Europe and the Third World [electronic resource]

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Burdened with the legacy of colonial imperialism, the Third World rushed development to catch up with their Western counterparts. Weber discusses the implications of the increasing gap between rich and poor countries.
Online
1989
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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]: Why North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)?

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, narrated by news analyst Edward R. Murrow, focuses on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, of which the United States is a founding member. This alliance was created in response to the two World Wars and the Korean War, which showed that when one free nation anywhere is threatened by aggression, the safety of all free nations is ultimately at stake. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the United States in its strategic role as leader in the free world and its alliance with other nations dedicated to the preservation of peace and the welfare of mankind.
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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A Conversation With Eamon de Valera [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

In this 1955 program from the NBC archives, Eamon de Valera - first president of the Republic of Ireland - converses with Grinnell College professor Curtis Baker Bradford inside Leinster House, the country's parliamentary headquarters. De Valera discusses various facets of Irish life and events from preceding decades, including those that led to the Easter Rising in 1916, the partition of Ireland by a British act of parliament in 1920, his rise to elected office, and his subsequent visit to the United States. De Valera also sheds light on some of his political and cultural objectives, such as economic development and the restoration of the Irish language, as well as his feelings about Ireland's position as a small nation, the dark implications of global warfare in the 20th century, a [...]
Online
1955
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A Conversation With Arnold Toynbee [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

Professor Arnold Toynbee - eminent British historian and author of the 10-volume work A Study of History - talks with Harvard teaching fellow Christopher Wright in this NBC interview from 1955. Toynbee describes about how it took 27 years to complete his series and why he chose to study history on the level of civilizations rather than of single nations. Pointing out that his mother was also a historian, he discusses the path that led him to that field as well, then articulates his feeling that history is meaningless if not utilized for present-day insight; that one can discover patterns in the past without making heavy-handed predictions about the future; that there are about 20 large historical units, such as Western history, Greek history, Indian history, and others; and that the [...]
Online
1955
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Christmas Brings Joy to Everyone (12/10/1945)

This Universal newsreel focuses on five topics, as follows. Reel 1, Christmas-themed footage includes people selecting trees, Seattle's Naval Air Station where gifts are being sent to the troops, shoppers and department store window displays, children playing with toys, and Santa Claus. Reel 2, General Eisenhower, the new chief of staff, speaks. Reel 3, General Stilwell gives the DSC to the Matsuda family. Reel 4, Archbishop Spellman makes an appeal for the donation of canned goods for war relief. Reel 5, Arriving in Washington D.C., a Douglas bomber completes its record-breaking nonstop flight from Long Beach, Calif. Also in the spotlight is a new Boeing tandem-prop fighter plane that can reach the speed of 450 m.p.h.
Online
2010; 1945
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Rail Strike Paralyzes Entire U.S. (05/23/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on two topics, as follows. Reel 1, Faced with the most serious labor stoppage in its history, the U.S. is hard hit by a strike of railroad men. Reel 2, In Nanking, U.S. Chief of Staff Eisenhower receives a gala welcome as he visits China's leader during his tour of U.S. Far Eastern bases. Later, in Tokyo, he meets General MacArthur and reviews an 8th Army parade.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Damage Foreshadows a-Bomb Test (06/06/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on two topics, as follows. Reel 1, Japan: Dramatic pictures of atom bomb damage in Hiroshima and Nagasaki foreshadow the coming Bikini Atoll experiment. Intense heat and light of the Hiroshima blast left blackened outlines of people on destroyed bridges! Reel 2, Italy: Following mass demonstrations and a democratic referendum, Italian voters cast their lot with the democracies and oust their king.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Japan Today (06/20/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on life in post-World War II Japan. In the midst of black markets and inflationary prices, life for the average Japanese is grim and barren. Rebuilding homes and harvesting meager crops keep some healthy and housed, but many have to tighten their belts.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: First Pictures --Atomic Blast! (07/08/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the atom bomb test at Bikini Atoll. Universal Newsreel, in cooperation with the U.S. Army and Navy, presents "Operation Crossroads," a film that shows in dramatic detail the various phases of an epochal A-bomb experiment--from takeoff to the awful blast that destroyed or damaged more than half the ships in Bikini Lagoon. The motion picture spectacle of all time!
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Hughes Plane Crash (07/11/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on Howard Hughes. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Pilot Howard Hughes is seriously injured in the crash of the U.S. Army's XF-11 experimental aircraft.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Philippines' Independence Proclaimed (07/15/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on Philippines sovereignty. At the transfer of sovereignty for an independent republic of the Philippines on July 4, President Manuel Rojas, U.S. Ambassador Paul Vories McNutt, and General Douglas MacArthur are present.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Japanese Films of Hiroshima (08/05/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on two topics, as follows. Reel 1, Confiscated Japanese films of the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima are released for viewing on the first anniversary of that terrible detonation. Reel 2, An underwater A-bomb blast rocks Bikini Atoll as Admiral Blandy oversees the second test of Operation Crossroads.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: 21 Nazi Chiefs Guilty (10/08/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the Nuremberg trials. Nuremberg, Germany: It is doomsday and the day of reckoning as 21 Nazis learn their fate at the end of their 10-month trial. Half will hang.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: U.N. And Big 4 Adjourn (12/16/1946)

This Universal newsreel focuses on the United Nations. The UN General Assembly approves the permanent site for its international headquarters: a six-block parcel in mid-town Manhattan, a gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Online
2010; 1946
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: Hitler's Heyday (02/20/1947)

This Universal newsreel focuses on four topics, as follows. Reel 1, Confiscated films from the private collection of Eva Braun show scenes of Nazi life at Berchtesgaden. Reel 2, The International Convention of Variety Clubs presents its humanitarian awards. James F. Byrnes is guest of honor. Reel 3, A Dutch tulip festival and parade in Holland, Mich. Reel 4, A chimp circus at the St. Louis Zoo.
Online
2010; 1947
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Universal Newsreels [electronic resource]: 94 Die in Air Crashes (06/02/1947)

This Universal newsreel focuses on five topics, as follows. Reel 1, Two record DC-4 airplane crashes leave a total of 94 people dead. Reel 2, Anzio heroes are honored at a Memorial Day ceremony. Reel 3, Displaced Polish women arrive in Montreal to work, while a group of Yugoslav refugees are repatriated to their homeland. Reel 4, Phalanx wins the 79th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race! Reel 5, Mauri Rose wins the 1947 Indy 500 auto race!
Online
2010; 1947