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#15736/1725  AFRICAN AMERICANS: Many Rivers to Cross
In this six-hour series, explore with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.

#6172/0405  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION: Bill of Rights and Beyond (3 Programs) DVD
This comprehensive three-part series explores each amendment, its origins, its real-world applications, its history of interpretation in the nation’s courts, and its implications for the future. Grades 7 to A

One of America's proudest achievements, its national infrastructure, is now its most dangerous embarrassment. Bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting American citizens and cities at risk. How could the most powerful nation on the planet let this happen?

#14491/0645  ARGUING THE WORLD
ARGUING THE WORLD is the story of four brilliant and engaging men caught up in the central struggles of our time. This enthralling film creates a vivid picture of intellectual life in the politics of the 20th century in the U.S.

#15030/1317  BLACK HISTORY: A Retrospective
Celebrate black history with 39 captivating programs! This comprehensive compilation features an in-depth collection of documentaries and programs chronicling the contributions and accomplishments of the most prominent and influential African-Americans throughout the history of the United States. From the oppression and hardship during the time of the Civil War to civil rights movements that paved the way to this country's first African-American president, this set is the definitive retrospective of Black History in America.

#16093/1725  DAY THE 60s DIED (THE): The Kent State Shootings
THE DAY THE 60s DIED chronicles the chaotic month of May 1970, when it seemed America was at war with itself. From the students and guardsmen who witnessed the Kent State shootings to a young G.I. in the Cambodian jungle, how did the events of that turbulent spring affect who these people became? How have the shockwaves from these events reverberated into the present? During May 1970, frustration and anger split American society apart and we still live in the aftermath of that rift

#15573/1725  ECONOMIC MELTDOWN (THE): How America's Fiscal Fallout Triggered a Global Crisis (Five videos on 2 DVDs)
A set of five 60 minute programs that describe how America's fiscal fallout triggered a global crisis. Topics covered in depth include the origin of the financial meltdown, the problem of U.S. debt and deficits, deregulation and the bank collapse, Washington's inattention to warnings and the political stonewalling that prevents meaningful remedies.

#16203/0685  EDUCATION INC
American public education is at a crossroads. For years now, public schools across the country have been struggling, desperately short on funds while facing extreme political pressure to improve student performance. For advocates of public education, these struggles have been a major cause for concern. But for advocates of privatization, they’ve been a highly profitable business opportunity. EDUCATION INC is a film about the accelerating movement to privatize America’s public schools. Filmmaker and parent Brian Malone travels to public school districts across the country to see for himself what the privatization movement is all about, and to determine what it would mean for his own kids if we abandoned our public school system.

#14180/1725  GOD IN AMERICA: How Religious Liberty Shaped America (3 DVDs) .
For those who know that in America, religion matters, and for those who wish it didn't matter so much, comes GOD IN AMERICA, a sweeping history of how religious faith has shaped America. Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatizations, and interviews with religious historians, this documentary series is an in-depth exploration of the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.

#12620/0635  GREAT MUSEUMS SERIES (29 Programs) DVD
Want somewhere meaningful to go in the U.S. for your next vacation? Need to research some particular aspect of U.S. history or culture? Really like museums but can't travel to them all? This series of 29 videos visits and explores a like number of great U.S. museums that between them cover just about every nook and cranny of American history.

#14833/0635  GUANTANAMO TRAP (THE)
At Guantanamo Bay detention camp, history has proved that concepts of right and wrong can all too easily become distorted by expediency and ambiguity. This program examines the lives of high-profile individuals from both sides of the razor wire who have intimate knowledge of the horrors of Gitmo

#14755/0847  INSULAR EMPIRE (THE)
What does it mean to be a colonial subject of the greatest democracy on earth?

This collection of 25 concise video clips is designed to spark thoughtful, productive dialogue on major turning points in U.S. history. Each clip lays out two opposing viewpoints in about 2 minutes and 30 seconds framing a complex historical episode as if it were a debatable "issue" - just as citizens of the time might have thought and argued about it.

#7520/0635  JAZZ HEROES: Monk, Ella and Dizzy (3 Programs)
Monk, Ella and Dizzy. Three of the biggest names in American music history are bioed and celebrated in this excellent three part series. Their place in post-war social development and race relations as reflected in their music take center stage.

#11727/1465  JAZZ ICONS I BOX SET (9 DVDs)
This boxed set features nine DVDs of the greats in concert at their peaks in the 50's and 60's. Each DVD also includes a 16-page booklet with an essay written by an authoritative jazz historian as well as rare and previously unseen photos.

#11728/1465  JAZZ ICONS II BOX SET (8 DVDs)
This boxed set features nine DVDs of these jazz greats in concert at their peaks in the 50's and 60's. - Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and Wes Montgomery.

#12220/1465  JAZZ ICONS III BOX SET (7 DVDs)
Filmed in Europe between 1958 and 1975, this third set of Jazz Icons DVDs features concerts by seven of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century captured in their prime and accompanied by some of the most legendary sidemen of the day. Previously forgotten or lost in the vaults of TV studios throughout Europe (in some cases for nearly 50 years!), they are now being made available for the first time.

#14645/1465  JAZZ ICONS IV BOX SET (7 DVDs)
"This is like the discovery of a bonanza of previously unknown manuscripts by William Shakespeare." Nat Hentoff, The Wall Street Journal The fourth in the fabulous JAZZ ICONS series consists of seven famous artists.

#14117/0433  JUST THE FACTS: Colonization of North America
This program explores the first incursions of the Spanish, the French and the English on the North American continent. Covers the first settlements in Florida, Central America, Virginia, Massachusetts, Quebec. Discusses their various relations with the Natives on whose land they were squatting. Grades 6 to 8

#13307/1725  LEWIS & CLARK: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (2 DVDs)
The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, a Shoshone woman named Sacagawea as interpreter, her husband Toussaint Charbonneau a French Canadian guide/boatmen, and York, an African-American slave. Ken Burns' LEWIS & CLARK re-creates the 1803 journey to locate the Northwest Passage that ended up on the Pacific coast in what is now Washington State. The explorers found a varied landscape and a dizzying diversity of Indian peoples. 300 minutes on 2 DVDs

This detailed program traces the lifelong odyssey of Sojourner Truth, a woman who literally walked out of the bondage of slavery, changed her name in 1843, and traveled the U.S. as an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate.

#12499/0635  MADE IN CHICAGO: The Making of Barack Obama
In this program, many of the people who have known Obama best since his arrival in Chicago offer their insights. Obama’s work as a community organizer, his achievements at Harvard Law School, the writing of Dreams from My Father, his brief stints as a law professor at The University of Chicago and as a civil rights lawyer, and his meteoric political career are all discussed.

#15964/0635  MISSISSIPPI SUMMER *Emmy Award Winner
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of northern white and black students traveled to Mississippi to help blacks register to vote. The summer touched off a ground swell of marches and demonstrations that gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. This Emmy-winning documentary shows some of the events leading up to that summer and the battles that followed.

#15336/0685  NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION (THE): Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism
Pointing to efforts already under way in thousands of communities across the U.S., from co-ops and community land trusts to municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability, historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz marshals years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. The result is a highly accessible look at the current economy and a common-sense roadmap for building a system more in sync with American values.Grades 9 to A

#11154/0635  PRIVACY AND SECURITY (Liberty and Limits Series) DVD
This video examines the fine balance between the power of the government and the rights of the individual as established in the constitution of the U.S. Grades 9 to A

#14525/1725  PROHIBITION: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
This three-part documentary series explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor - and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. This utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality.

#14437/0635  SUBURBAN AMERICA: Problems and Promise
Filmed in a wide range of suburban and metropolitan areas, this program presents a dynamic and thought-provoking exploration of American suburbia, including its genesis and history, its dramatic political and social evolution, and its developmental challenges. Viewers are guided through specific issues facing the nation's suburban landscape.

#10297/0635  SUPERMAX: Life in a Super-Maximum Security Prison (2 Programs) DVD
This explosive two-part series scrutinizes the impact of supermax on convicts, prison staff, and society itself. What is it like to work in a supermax (highest of high security) correctional facility? How about being a prisoner in one? What effect do such places have on either the guards or the guarded? This two part series explores the realities.

Is it possible for the current stimulus package being administered in the U.S. to reverse the meltdown that has shaken the American (and world) economy? Will it result in a debt so huge that it will remain virtually unpayable? Can productivity ever be expected to rise to a level to overcome that debt?

"A powerful, comprehensive visual examination of the African-American image from the beginning of the photography medium to the present. Over 950 mostly original photographs of African Americans assist in weaving stories of representation, exclusion, pride, dignity, pain, shame, hate and stereotypical depictions that have been prominent in American culture." Documentary Magazine The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals. Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others. *Closed Captioned

#5109/0405  TRIAL BY JURY - DVD
This video examines the history of 'trial by jury' in general while focusing on the very specific adaptations that have occurred in the U.S. judicial system. Grades 7 to A

#13845/0635  U.S. GOVERNMENT: How It Works (6 Programs)
While the complexities of the American political system have never been greater, the right visual aid can help students sift through them - and even develop a passion for the subject. This six-part series is an ideal tool for introducing and exploring key aspects of U.S. government and public policy. The Series Includes : The Legislative Branch | The Executive Branch | The Judicial Branch | The Constitution and Foundations of Government | Elections and Political Parties | Citizenship and Civic Responsibilities

#14478/1725  WAR OF 1812 (THE)
The War of 1812 is a two-hour film history of a deeply significant event in North American and world history. The war shaped American, Canadian and British destiny in the most literal way possible: had one or two battles or decisions gone a different way, a map of the United States today would look entirely (and shockingly) different. At the same time, the result tolled the end of Native American dreams of a separate nation.

#13305/1725  WAR THAT MADE AMERICA (THE) - 2 DVDs
The French and Indian War pitted French forces for almost a decade against the British, yet few North Americans realize its historic contribution to the revolutionary fervor which swept the continent in 1776.


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