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America in the 20th Century: The Cold War

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"Communists and capitalists were united in World War II to crush the fascists. But in 1945, with Hitler's Germany defeated, allies became adversaries. The world's two superpowers locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and freedom that would persist for five decades. Under the omnipresent threat of nuclear holocaust, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was the defining conflict of the 20th century"--Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Nixon's China Game

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In February 1972, the world watched in awe as Richard Nixon began an historic visit to China. It was the first high-level political contact between the two nations since the Communist takeover in 1949....Nixon's China Game takes us behind the scenes of one of the boldest diplomatic maneuvers in history.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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The Origin and Development of NATO

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Studies the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Warsaw Pact alliances, along with NATO's Cold War policy of containment, designed to keep the Soviet "Iron Curtain" from encroaching further upon western Europe. Also examines the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, China's shift to communism, and the Korean Conflict.
VHS
1999; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Cold War

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A series documenting the rise and fall of the Cold War, the actions of world leaders, and the wars and arms races occurring during this time.
VHS
1998
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Post-War Hopes, Cold War Fears

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Describes life in America after World War II, a time of rash optimism and neuroses. While the dollar was strong and everyday life improved, the 1950's also saw the lowering of the Iron Curtain, the loss of China to Communism, the Korean War and the Red Scare.
VHS
1984; 1983
Ivy (By Request)
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America in the 20th Century: The Cold War

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"Communists and capitalists were united in World War II to crush the fascists. But in 1945, with Hitler's Germany defeated, allies became adversaries. The world's two superpowers locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and freedom that would persist for five decades. Under the omnipresent threat of nuclear holocaust, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was the defining conflict of the 20th century."--Original container.
Online
2009
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Operation Lead Dog

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series takes viewers to the most northern body of land in the world to view the activities of Operation Lead Dog. A combined services effort conducted in cooperation with the Danish government and commanded by the Army Transportation Corps, Operation Lead Dog started in May of 1960. First, the Army explorers spanned the icecap from coast to coast before moving north beyond the areas covered by Peary's travels. The 65-day journey was designed to give the Transportation Corps a good opportunity for a rigid test of their polar vehicles for endurance and mobility. Other technical services made extensive equipment tests and gathered detailed data on the previously untouched polar regions. Archaeologists accompanying the ex [...]
Online
2008
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Lyndon Johnson, From the WPA Film Library Speeches Collection [electronic resource]

This collection of significant speeches given by Lyndon Johnson covers his sudden succession to the presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy and his time in office - a period characterized by both the Great Society and the escalation of the war in Vietnam.
Online
1995
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: You and Yours

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a salute to the American Red Cross, an organization that began with a few simple doughnut wagons and field kitchens and has become the principle organization through which 40 million citizens give something of themselves for the sake of others. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration presents the colorful, dramatic history of the Red Cross and follows American soldiers to remote corners of the world as they fulfill roles for this organization. This film also features a special message from General Alfred M. Gruenther, President of the American National Red Cross, who sums up the program as it affects every American.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: New German Army

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television show spotlights the political, economic, and social background that brought about the creation of a military force for the free Bonn Republic of West Germany. The creation of this German Army was an important plank in the founding platform of the NATO nations as the addition of this force unified the stand of these nations against aggression. This video shows the American Army officers training the visiting leaders of "The New German Army," who then returned to Germany to teach these skills to their soldiers. The new army, which had no relation to the earlier "Wehrmacht," was established to serve as a home guard to protect free Germans from border violations from the East. Using vintage film from World War II with an appearan [...]
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Missiles on Target

Most television viewers have seen the drama of the launching pad when a long-range missile is fired into the air. This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series goes beyond the launch to show how missiles streak through the air to strike unerringly even a small target a long distance away. The film, from the National Archives and Records Administration, starts a few miles from New Mexico's White Sands Proving Ground where an elaborate, all-out testing and development effort is being pushed. These efforts include launching long-range missiles vast distances and using them to cause maximum destruction by squarely hitting their targets.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Soldier Patient

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series shows the physical "medicine" needed for the men being cared for at the Walter Reed Medical Center. From the National Archives and Records Administration, this video shows the many "outside" activities of United States Army medical patients.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Arms for Tomorrow

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a look at America's firepower today, which meets the demands of our modern Army to defend our country swiftly and powerfully. Viewers of this National Archives and Records Administration video will see how this unique firepower is developed by the United States Army Ordnance Corps through its dynamic arsenal system. This arsenal system, known as the Ordnance-Science Industry team, works in conjunction with private engineering and research institutions, both education and industrial, to perform jobs that make it possible for lethal weapons to be designed, procured, supplied, and maintained the for the Army's combat units
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Alaska -- the Outpost State

Alaska is the subject of this episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television show. Promptly dubbed "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" after it was acquired by Secretary of State Seward for seven million dollars from Russia almost a century ago, this rugged land proved to be a valuable star in our nation's flag. The state, known as America's "Outpost State," currently boasts modern cities, progressive schools, rich mineral and game resources, and booming industries that have returned our original purchasing price many times over. Alaska also holds strategic value in military affairs, which have become vitally important to national defense in recent years. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration highlights the state's early years of the Klondike Gold [...]
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Germany Today

In this classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, the program checks in with the status of citizens in West Germany. This documentary from the National Archives and Records Administration shows how West Germany remains democratic after the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces defeated the German war machine. The video points out that no other force in military history has done so much to put a conquered nation back on its feet as the United States Army.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Korean Wind-Up

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a capsule chronology of the Korean War. The film, from the National Archives and Records Administration, captures the true reactions of the battle-torn Gis to the Korean truce by interviewing many prisoners of war. These prisoners discuss their feelings about the truce and the war situation at the time of their capture.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: U.S. Army Advisor in Vietnam

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series explores what happens when an American soldier is assigned as a military advisor in Vietnam to support the South Vietnamese forces. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration follows a United States Army officer through his entire tour of duty on this vital and dangerous mission in defense of the free world against the spread of communism in South Asia.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Your Army Reports, No. 1

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series reports on U.S. Army activities involving helicopters in action, shotgun riders, the First Air Cavalry and 101st Airborne in Vietnam, army engineers building a road in Thailand, the 834th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam, and an introduction to the army drill sergeant's responsibilities and training. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration brings you to the frontlines of army activities and innovation.
Online
2008