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DVD 1637.00

9/12  : from chaos to community

1 videodisc (56 min.)

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life felt compelled to overcome their sense of powerlessness by volunteering to help out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, and for ten months fed and cared for the recovery workers. Many deep and unexpected--even unlikely--relationships developed out of this. Using cinéma vérité footage, interviews and archival photographs, the film follows several characters through a series of events reuniting them with each other after the closing of the site. Their stories present a portrait of the city within a city that was Ground Zero, and examine how an extremely diverse group of people transcended politics and culture in an effort to heal their city and themselves.

DVD 1725.00

Act of valor

1 videodisc (111 min.)

"When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack"--Container.

DVD 809.00 

Africans in America ; America's journey through slavery

2 videodiscs (346 min.)

This program follows the history of American slavery from its birth to the Civil War. Considers the contradictions that lie at the heart of the founding of the American nation. The infant democracy pronounced all men to be created equal while enslaving one race to benefit another. Portrays the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days of the Civil War.


DVD 532.00

Against the tide: the story of the Cajun people of Louisiana.

1 videodisc (ca. 30 min.)

Epic story of one of the most celebrated and misunderstood ethnic communities in North America.


Alexander Graham Bell

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

His drive to help his deaf mother communicate led to one of the most important inventions of the 20th

century. Alexander Graham Bell left his mark on the world with the invention of the telephone. Biography traces the life of the famed inventor.


America becomes a world power

1 videodisc (ca. 30 min.)

Covers United States expansion from 1856 to pre-World War I, how this made the U.S. a world power, and the views of imperialists and anti-imperialists. Includes video quiz.  

DVD 840.01-.10


10 videodiscs (ca. 23 hr.)

It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime. Here is the story of a nation at work and play. Experience it in ten thrilling "innings" from master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

Contents: The First inning: Our game, the 1840's-1900 (115 min.) -- The Second inning: Something like a war, 1900-1910 (107 min.) -- The Third inning: The faith of fifty  million people, 1910-1920 (120 min.) – The Fourth  inning: A national heirloom, 1920-1930 (117 min.) --The Fifth inning: Shadow ball, 1930-1940 (126 min.) --The Sixth inning: The national pastime, 1940-1950 (151 min.) -- The Seventh inning: The capital of baseball, 1950-1960 (134 min.) -- The Eight inning: A whole new ballgame, 1960-1970 (116 min.) -- The Ninth inning: Home, 1970-1994 (148 min.) -- Extra inning: The making of Baseball (240 min.).

DVD  405.00

The Battle over Citizen Kane

1 videodisc (120 min.)

Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to suppress the 1941 film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles.

DVD 1255.00

Black/white & Brown: Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka

1 videodisc (88 min.Main film is 56 minutes; plus 32 minutes of bonus material.)

The history of the desegregation of schools in the mid-20th century, including interviews with those involved in the Brown v. Board case and footage and photos from the time.

DVD 810.00

The Boston massacre

1 videodisc (46 min.)

Massacre or riot, murder or self-defense, atrocity or accident, what really happened in Boston on the night of March 5, 1770?  This program brings together an investigative team composed of historic researcher Murry Dorty, law professor Joe McEttrick, a ballistics expert, a forensic pathologist, and an acoustical engineer to reopen the books on the Boston Massacre. Together with Hiller Zobel, widely considered the definitive expert on the Massacre, the team conducts a state-of-the-art scientific analysis involving eyewitness testimony, autopsy reports, period pictures, 18th-century maps, and a minutely detailed reenactment of the lethal confrontation.


DVD 835.00

Brooklyn Bridge

1 videodisc (ca. 58 min.)

This award-winning program by filmmaker Ken Burns recaptures all the drama, the struggles and the personal tragedies behind this greatest of all achievements of America's industrial age. As this fascinating program reveals, it was the largest bridge of its era, marked by enormous construction problems and ingenious solutions.

DVD 760.00

Brother Minister: the assassination of Malcolm X

1 videodisc  (ca. 115 min.)

This story is told through the eyes and voices of Malcolm's friends, his former enemies, assassination experts, dramatic re-enactments, rare archival footage and photographs, and the disclosure of recently de-classified FBI and NYPD counterintelligence documents.

DVD 271.00

Building the Alaska highway

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

In May 1942, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken. This program tells how they battled to push a 1,520-mile road across one of the world's harshest landscapes.

DVD 815.00

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee: the epic fall of the American Indian

2 videodiscs (135 min.)

Begins powerfully with the Sioux triumph over General Custer at Little Big Horn and goes on to center around three powerful men. Charles Eastman is a young, Dartmouth-educated Sioux doctor. Sitting Bull is the proud Lakota chief who refuses to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of  their identity, dignity and sacred land. Senator Henry Dawes is one of the men responsible for the government policy on Indian affairs. While Eastman and schoolteacher Elaine Goodale work to improve life for the Sioux on the reservation, Senator Dawes lobbies President Grant for kinder Indian treatment.  

DVD 766.01-.15

The Century: decades of change

15 videodiscs

This comprehensive 15-part retrospective, anchored by Peter Jennings, takes an era-by-era look at America's evolution during the turbulent 20th century.

DVD 954.00

Chicago: city of the century

4 videodiscs (345 min.)

Tells how in just 60 years Chicago grew from a remote, swampy frontier town into one of the most explosively alive cities in the world.

DVD 1501.00

Clarence Darrow

1 videodisc (80 min.)

In a rarely seen filmed version of his acclaimed one man show, Henry Fonda stars as controversial lawyer Clarence Darrow. Follow Darrow's reflections on his life, his passions, his personal disappointments, and his professional triumphs.

DVD 198.00

Citizen King

1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

In exploring the last few years of his life, this ... American experience production traces King's efforts to recast himself by embracing causes beyond the civil rights movement, by becoming a champion of the poor and an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam. Tapping into a rich archive of photographs and film footage and using diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of fellow activists, friends, journalists, political leaders and law enforcement officials, this film brings fresh insights to King's impossible journey, his charismatic leadership and his truly remarkable impact.

DVD 953.00

The Civil War

5 videodiscs (700 min.)

An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.

DVD 1254.00

A Class apart: a Mexican American civil rights story

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernández killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a cantina. From this murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would change the lives and legal standing of ten of millions of Americans. Tells the story of an underdog band of Mexican American lawyers who took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" from a legal system that recognized only blacks and whites.

DVD 808.00

Colonial house

2 videodiscs (ca. 480 min.)

Contemporary Americans and Britons spend five months on an isolated stretch of the Maine coast recreating the life of American colonists in the year 1628. The modern colonists struggle to create a functioning and profitable colony using only the tools and technology of that era. Extensive research went into recreating this 17th-century environment in which the colonists  negotiate personal and communal challenges as they deal with the demoralizing weather, rustic living conditions, and backbreaking labor. Among the points of dissension that arise in the colony are: the rigid class and gender roles, mandatory religious observance, and the puritanical civil laws of the era, particularly those pertaining to profanity.

DVD 805.00


1 videodisc (ca. 240 min)

One of history's most fateful chapters and greatest adventures. The exploration of the America's by Spanish soldier-explorers, and the experiences and tragedies they had once there.

DVD 327.01-.02

The Constitution

2 videodiscs (82 minutes)

Videos using extensive period and contemporary images to illustrate the history and content of the United States Constitution and subsequent amendments.

DVD 388.00

Destination America: the people and cultures that created a nation

1 videodisc (ca. 220 min.)

Destination America looks at the driving forces that have compelled individuals to immigrate to

            America and, in particular, the immigration of women who have come to this country in search of

            opportunity and basic human rights denied them in their homelands.  

DVD 404.00

The Donner Party

1 videodisc (90 min.)

Chronicles the tale of the pioneer group that set out for California in the spring of 1846 and ended in                                                                         disaster in the snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains the following winter.

DVD 837.00

Empire of the air: the men who made radio

1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

Story of radio from 1906-1955 and the three men who made it happen: Lee de Forest, Edwin

            Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff. Combines archival photographs, newsreels of the period,

            interviews, and radio soundtrack.

DVD  317.00

Enola Gay

1 videodisc (ca. 145 min)

Contents: Enola Gay: rain of ruin (c1995, 70 min.) Hiroshima: the decision to drop the bomb (c1995, 74 min.). Enola Gay: Get a look inside the bomber that helped bring WWII to a stop, development of the atomic bomb, and the aftermath. Hiroshima: Fifty years after  America dropped the first atomic bomb, this documentary looks at the events leading up to its use  in the light of new information about a hidden agenda. Did top military officials order the attack despite knowing that Japan was willing to surrender? Did a political motivation drive Truman to defy his closest advisors? These and other questions are investigated.


Eyes on the prize [2006]

7 videodiscs (120 min. each) 

Contents: Vol. 1. Awakenings, 1954-1956 ; Fighting back, 1957-1962 -- v. 2. Ain't scared of your jails, 1960- 1961; No easy walk, 1961-1963 -- v. 3. Mississippi : Is this America?, 1962-1964 ; Bridge to freedom, 1965 --v. 4. The time has come, 1964-1966 ; Two societies, 1965-1968 -- v. 5. Power! 1966-1968; The promised land, 1967-1968 --. 6. Ain't gonna shuffle no more, 1964-1972; A nation of law? 1968-1971 -- v. 7. The keys to the kingdom, 1974-1980; Back to the movement,1979-1985 Summary: Vols. 1-3 tell the story of America's civil rights years from 1954 to 1965; vols. 4-7 examine the new America from 1966 to 1985, from community power to the human alienation of urban poverty.

DVD 1046.00


2 videodiscs (ca. 250 min.)

Learn the story of one of America's most beloved Presidents. Includes rare archival footage and

            home movies as well as fascinating interviews with family members, friends, biographers, and     

             eyewitnesses to the Roosevelt saga.

DVD 282.00

Fidel Castro

1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

The Cuban dictator is profiled through interviews with relatives, loyalists, and enemies in Cuba and


DVD 1148.00

Flags of our fathers

1 videodisc (ca. 132 min.)

The story of the five Marines and one Navy corpsman that were forever immortalized as a symbol of

            WWII by raising the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. When Joe Rosenthal's photograph of

            the event becomes a symbol of hope for the families at home, the three surviving men are pulled

            from combat and sent on a tour across America to raise desperately-needed bond money. It is a trip

            that brings out the truths of both that symbolic act, and their lives during war.

DVD 165.00

The fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara

1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.)

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President

             Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most  

             controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and

             intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He

             offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis,

             and the effects of the Vietnam War.

DVD 1707.00

For love of liberty : the story of America's black patriots

3 videodiscs (514 min.)

Gain an unprecedented look at the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans in the military, and learn why such a group of heroic men and women would fight for the freedom of others that they themselves weren't able to enjoy.

DVD 642.00

Franklin D. Roosevelt

1 videodisc (44 min.)

This program focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt as he stood ready to protect the United States

             in the wake of World War II.  In this program, biographers James MacGregor Burns and Jon

             Meacham, Roosevelt White House aide George Elsey, Walter Cronkite, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter

             and Andy Rooney examine FDR's tenuous political position as he incrementally moved his

             isolationist nation toward war.

DVD 1070.00

Freedom on my mind

1 videodisc (110 min.).

Documentary of the civil rights movement and the events surrounding the Mississippi Voter

            Registration Project of the early 1960's. Combines archival footage with contemporary interviews.

DVD 843.00

The Great Depression

1 videodisc (ca. 31 min.)

From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday, to the many federal

            initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview

            of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR;

            the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the

            Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed.


The greatest speeches of all time. Volume 1

1 videodisc (ca. 68 min.)

Seen and heard in this original footage are the dramatic speeches from world leaders that changed the course of history and inspired millions worldwide

Contents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, State of the Union address (January 6, 1942)

                Winston Churchill, Address to Joint Session of Congress

                General Douglas MacArthur, Address to Joint Session of Congress (April 20, 1951)

                Harry S. Truman, 1948 campaign

                John F. Kennedy, Inaugural speech (January 20, 1961) Berlin address (June 23, 1963)

                Martin Luther King, Lincoln Memorial (August 1963)

                Memphis, Tennessee (April 3, 1968)

                Robert F. Kennedy, Indianapolis (Indiana, April 4, 1968)

                Malcolm X, Harlem, New York (March 29, 1964)

                Richard M. Nixon, the White House (August 8, 1974)

                Ronald Reagan, Inaugural speech (January 20, 1981); Farewell address (August 15, 1988)


DVD 1716.00

Hatfields & McCoys

2 videodiscs (290 min.)

Dramatizes the historic feud between two families living along the Tug Fork River on the border between West Virginia and Kentucky in the late 1800s.



DVD 1633.00

Heroes under fire : Shadow warriors

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

From Delta Force Operators to CIA Field Officers, SWAT teams to Navy SEALs, Heroes Under Fire recounts the stories of those who distinguish themselves above all others in perilous situations of combat, rescue missions, covert assignments, drug wars, and hostile intelligence operations.

DVD 1457.00

History of Westinghouse: an American industrial power house : powering the future. c2004.

1 videodisc (ca. 75 min

Presents a collection of early promotional films of manufacturing processes for Westinghouse, including

the assembly of a generator and turbine testing.


Horatio's drive: America's first road trip

1 videodisc

Tells the story of Horatio Nelson Jackson, an eccentric doctor from Vermont, who in 1903 became the first person to drive an automobile across the United States. Follows Jackson's adventurous journey in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car from San Francisco to New York City when the automobile was still a novelty and before most roads were paved.

DVD 787.00

Huey Long

1 videodisc (ca. 88 min.)

No modern politician has captured the American imagination as has the Kingfish--Huey Long. Two years in the making, Ken Burns' documentary traces Long's spectacular career from the 1920s when he burst out of Louisiana's red clay hills to smash the state's power structure under the banner “Every Man a King”.

DVD 535.00

Influenza, 1918

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

In the spring of 1918, an army private reported to a hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, an illness that doctors knew little about. By the end of WWI, America was ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 675,000 people.

DVD 1170.00

John Adams

 3 videodiscs (ca. 501 min.)

While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

DVD 351.00

Johnstown flood

1 videodisc (64 min.)

Rumors and fears that the Conemaugh Lake Reservoir had reached its summit and the South Fork Dam might burst were widespread for many years. By Friday, May 31, 1889, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, it had been raining for a week. Finally at 3:10 pm the center of the dam gave way. Considered the worst flood disaster in the nation's history - 2,209 persons were killed, a countless number of bodies were never found.

DVD 1488.00

Joseph McCarthy Interview (1950s)

1 videodisc (duration time not available)

Vintage footage of  an interview of Joseph McCarthy, the infamous U.S. senator from Wisconsin known for his communist “witchhunt” activities from which the term McCarthyism is derived. He discusses his views on communism, Stalin and the Korean War. He describes the utter importance of finding communists involved in U.S. governmental activities.

DVD 199.00

The Kennedys

1 videodisc (240 min.)

This program explores the building of the Kennedy legend, a story in part created and then

            brilliantly promoted by the family itself. A story whose afterglow still captures the American


DVD 273.00


1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.)

Part of the PBS American Experience series. Through interviews with Alfred Kinsey's research assistants, his children, people who took his sex questionnaire, and historians, this documentary assesses Kinsey's remarkable achievements.

DVD 197.00

Kitty Hawk: the Wright brothers' journey of invention

2 videodiscs (115 min.)

The historic journey of how two Midwestern bicycle mechanics with no formal training prevailed

             over the world's leading inventors in discovering the secret of  flight.

DVD 391.00

Las Vegas: an unconventional history

1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.)

Trace the city's development from its humble beginnings as a remote frontier way station to its

             mid-century florescence as the gangster metropolis known as 'Sin City' to its recent renaissance as

             the fastest growing city in the United States.

DVD 800.00

Letters from Iwo Jima

2 videodiscs (140 min.)

Sixty-one years ago, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later,

            hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the

            men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt.

            General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of

            the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a

            quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat.  

DVD 804.00

Liberty! The American Revolution

3 videodiscs (ca. 6 hr.)

Liberty! is an exuberant documentary about the American Revolution and our fight for freedom. It

            chronicles the events leading up to the declaration of war and the lasting effects these events had on

            shaping our country today.

DVD 643.00

Lyndon B. Johnson: decisions that shook the world 

1 videodisc (45 min.)

Focuses on President Lyndon Johnson's bold decision to embrace the cause - and his

            fight for a place of honor in American history. The Civil Rights, Voting Rights, and Fair Housing

            Acts are discussed along with Freedom Summer, the Selma march, the Watts riot, escalation of the

            Vietnam War and the murder of Martin Luther King. Commentators include Jack Valenti, special

            assistant to Johnson; civil rights leaders John Lewis, Vermon Jordan, and Dorothy Height; Jimmy

            Carter; and others.  




Man, moment, machine: Thomas Edison and the electric chair, c2005.

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

Without Thomas Edison's innovative and groundbreaking inventions, modern-day life as we know it would be unimaginable.

DVD 203.00

Man on the moon

1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

A collection of films from CBS and NASA, highlights the nine-day Apollo 11 mission and features an overview of the manned space program, both before and after Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the  moon. In "Houston, we have a problem," the drama of  the Apollo 13 mission follows what had begun as a routine flight that abruptly changed when an explosion aboard the command module rocked the ship nearly 200, 000 miles from the earth.  The heroic efforts of the team at Mission Control, as well as those of astronauts Jim Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise, are captured in a brilliant demonstration of human capability under almost unbearable stress.  "Space shuttle" features the launch and maiden voyage of the orbiter Columbia on April 12,1981, with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen aboard.  The voyage heralded a new era in space expolration.  Although the mission was a complete success, descriptions of the solid fuel rockets used to propel the shuttle into  orbit and the heat dissipating tiles that protect the orbiter upon re-entry add an eerie reminder of what would happen in light of subsequent system failures.

DVD 987.00

Monkey trial

1 videodisc (50 min.)

The trial of John Scopes, a Tennessee biology teacher arrested in 1925 for teaching Darwin's theory

            of evolution. The Scopes trial was America's first major media event.

DVD 461.00

The Murder of Emmett Till

1 videodisc (60 min.)

Accounts the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.

DVD 1691.00

My week with Marilyn

1 videodisc (99 min.)

In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

DVD 1498.00

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a film by Ken Burns

6 videodiscs (approx 12.5 hours)

The National Parks spring from an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most precious portions of the land should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone, for all time. This 6 part film is a breathtaking journey through the nation’s most spectacular landscapes and a celebration of the people who fought to save them for future generations.

Contents--Disc 1: The scripture of nature (1851-1890)—Disc 2: The last refuge (1890-1915)

                 Disc 3: The empire of grandeur (1915-1919)—Disc 4: Going home (1920-1933)

                 Disc 5: Great nature (1933-1945)—Disc 6: The morning of creation (1946-1980)

DVD 752.00

The Native Americans

1 videodisc (47 min.)

This program explores the many similarities among tribal nations, including a profound respect for

            nature, myth, and tradition ; matriarchal governance; a communal lifestyle; a belief in an afterlife;

            and the use of pictographs, symbols, and patterns rather than an alphabet-based language. Also

            featured are brief scenes of re-created warfare.

DVD 1072.00

Nat Turner: a troublesome property

1 videodisc (60 min.)

Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a

            white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controversy over the Nat Turner

            story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a

            hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow

            reflect on America's attitudes toward terrorism. One of the most bitter race battles of the 1960s is

            reexamined, when William Styron published his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.

DVD 274.01-274.08

New York: a documentary

8 videodiscs (ca. 1040 min.)

This series chronicles the history of New York City from its beginnings in 1609 as a Dutch trading

             post, through the depression, onto the turbulent years of change in the following decades after

             WWII, to its present day status as one of the most important and influential cities in the world. The

             final episode was created in response to the destruction of the World Trade Center.

DVD 807.00

Not for ourselves alone: the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.)

Presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the dramatic, often turbulent

            friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony. Part 1 covers the years from their youth

            up to the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868. Part 2 spans the period

            from 1868 to the passage in 1919 of the 19th amendment to the Constitution which gave women the


DVD 1097.00

One woman, one vote

1 videodisc (106 min.)

Documents the 72-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the ratification of the

            Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It illuminates the alliances, infighting, betrayals and defeats that

             paved the way  for victory in the battle for women's right to vote.  Historical footage is enhanced  

            with vocal performances, and interviews with historians provide  the viewer with both current and

             historical perspectives.

DVD 387.00

A Paralyzing fear: the story of polio in America

1 videodisc (89 min.)

The story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916 and its eventual eradication through

             vaccines in the 1950's. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could   

             not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled

             across America interviewing polio survivors, parents, doctors, physical therapists, journalists, and

             everyday citizens who have been affected by the disease. Featuring thousands of photographs and

             films from the 'March of Dimes' archives, the documentary presents authentic images from the

             American polio era which had been in storage for more than 35 years.

DVD 322.00

The Patriot Act

1 videodisc (23 min.)

USA PATRIOT ACT, designed to defend America from terrorists, is now under fire from both

             the left and the right. The law is discussed with representatives of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the

             ACLU, and others.

DVD 319.00

Patrolling the border : National security and immigration reform

1 videodisc (22 min.)

This ABC News program studies the connections between 9/11, the American economy, and the

             workforce of  undocumented labor on which that economy increasingly depends. Interviews with

             Arizona border patrol agents evoke their frustrations and reveal the perils faced by many Mexicans

             who attempt desperate wilderness crossings. Contrasts between President Bush's proposed guest

             worker program and the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to crack down on the influx of

             illegal aliens highlight the complexity of the situation."--Container.

DVD 645.00

President Ronald Reagan, the great speeches

1 videodisc (125 min.)

Featuring highlights of major speeches given by the 40th President of the United States, Ronald


DVD 1101.00

The Progressive era

1 videodisc (ca. 31 min.)

During the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, America

            was witness to so many political, corporate, and social reforms  that the period came to be known as

            the Progressive Era. This program provides an excellent overview of  the times, underscoring the

            importance of women's suffrage, the Square Deal, the temperance movement,  and other signal

            initiatives. In addition, many of the  era's movers and shakers are spotlighted, including Upton

            Sinclair, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and 'Battling Bob'LaFollette.

DVD 205.00


2 videodiscs (263 min.)

The story of Ronald Reagan's life, with comments by contemporaries and historians.

DVD 646.00

Rebel frontier

1 videodisc (65 min.)

The war in question is the First World War and the anti-war protesters the Irish and Finnish miners

            of Butte, Montana. Butte's mines are at the center of the US war machine. The miners band together

            to take on both the copper barons and the US state as America enters the war.

DVD 567.00

Reconstruction: the second Civil War

1 videodisc (ca. 175 min.)

The story of the tumultuous years after the Civil War  during which America grappled with how to

            rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into  the Union and at the same time, how   

            former slaves could be brought into the life of the country.

DVD 204.00

Remember the alamo

1 videodisc (60 min.)

In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home

            to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies.

            Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration in Texas, were prepared to fight

            hard to keep the province under their control. Caught in the middle were the area's 4,000 Mexican

            Texans or Tejanos who were forced to choose a side. The conflict pitted brother against brother and

            devastated the community. This film shows the Tejano gamble for a more prosperous future in an

            independent Texas proved tragic."

DVD 272.00


1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

RFK, a new biography of Robert Kennedy ... takes as its theme lines from Aeschylus that Kennedy

            could recite from memory: "He who learns must suffer." RFK is a tragedy in two acts. In part one:

            The garish sun, Robert Kennedy devotes himself to his glamorous brother John, suppressing his

            own ambitions for the sake of the Kennedy name. In part two: The awful grace of God, after an

            assassin's bullet takes his brother's life, RFK is bereft, not only of a brother he loved, but a role that

            had given meaning to his life. Plunged into unremitting pain and grief, he struggles to find his own


DVD 764.01-.04

The Revolution

4 videodiscs (ca. 600 min.)

From the roots of the rebellion and the signing of the Declaration of Independence to victory on the

            battlefield at Yorktown and the adoption of the United States Constitution, this program tells the

            remarkable story of this important era in history. Venturing beyond the conventional list of generals

            and politicians, The History Channel introduces the full range of individuals who helped shape this

            great conflict, including some of the war's most influential unsung heroes. Through cinematic  

            recreations, intimate biographical investigations, and provocative political, military, and economic

            analysis, 'The Revolution' breathes new life into one of the most pivotal periods in American history.

DVD 1071.00

The Rise and fall of Jim Crow

1 videodisc (224 min.)

A 4-part series offering the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil

            War and the Civil Rights Movement presenting the context in which the laws of segregation known

            as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.

DVD 650.00

The Roaring twenties

1 videodisc (30 min.)

The roaring twenties were a time of startling contrast--World War I was over; women got the right to

            vote, cut their hair, and raise their skirts; alcohol was outlawed and speakeasies and bootlegging

            filled the void.

DVD 644.00

Ronald Reagan

1 videodisc (45 min.)

Focuses on President Ronald Reagan's unswerving conviction that only confrontation,

            not appeasement, could win the Cold War.  In articulating Reagan's dual belief in defense against a

            first strike, and ultimately, nuclear arms reduction, the program traces his agenda of military buildup

            and aggressive rhetoric.

DVD 577.00

Salem witch trials

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

In 1693, the village of Salem, Massachusetts was overcome with superstitious hysteria. At the peak

            of the madness someone hundred fifty people, male and female, were accused of being witches.

DVD 620.00

Scottsboro: an American tragedy

1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.)

In March 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a

            shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the

            most significant legal fights of the 20th century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would

            draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two  momentous

            Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the civil rights movement.

DVD 236.00

Searching for the roots of 9/11

1 videodisc (50 min.)

Join columnist Thomas L. Friedman as he tries to answer two of the most puzzling questions about

            9/11:  What drove 19 young, middle-class Muslim men to give up their lives to murder almost 3,000

            people? And why does this violent act elicit so much support from millions of ordinary Muslims

            around the world?

DVD 201.00

Secrets of the dead. Killer flu

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

The video discusses the 1918 flu pandemic, its deadly consequences and the possibility that a similar  

strain could occur today.

DVD 1634.00

Seeking the first Americans

1 videodisc (59 min.)

Examines the theories of archaeologists who are searching for clues to the identity of the first people to reach North America between 11,000 and 50,000 years ago.

DVD 839.00

The Shakers: hands to work, hearts to God

1 videodisc (ca. 58 min.)

This revealing and poignant film by Ken Burns portrays 200 years of Shaker life in America, guided

            by the recollections of the three surviving members of the faith, along with a wealth of archival  

            material from over 40 collections. Explore every aspect of this strange and noble sect that produced

            some of the greatest architecture and furniture in American history.

DVD 761.00

Sisters of Selma: bearing witness for change

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

A look back at 1965 and the unsung soldiers of the voting rights marches. Catholic nuns from across

            the country answered Martin Luther King's call to join the protests in Selma, Alabama. Examine

            their story and how the experience changed them forever.

DVD 581.00

The Sixties: the years that shaped a generation

1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

Features revealing interviews with the prominent figures of the era including:cBarbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, Arlo Guthrie, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Robert McNamara, Ed Messe III and Bobby Seale.


DVD 1462.00

Skokie , c2002.

1 videodisc (121 min.)

A small, predominantly Jewish suburb, Skokie, Illinois, is forced to confront its deepest fears about American rights and freedoms when a Nazi organizer selects it as the location for his next rally. Many of the residents of Skokie survived the Holocaust.  Based on actual events.

DVD 731.01-.04

Slavery and the making of America

4 videodiscs (240 min.)

This program examines the history of slavery in the United States and the role it played in shaping the

            new country's development.

DVD 834.00

Statue of Liberty

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

Filmmaker Ken Burns presents the definitive portrait of this great lady of the American

            imagination, in a program that won nominations for both an Academy Award  and an Emmy.

            Follow her life, from her creation by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, through her painstaking

            construction and accident-prone dedication in 1886. Interviews with ordinary Americans reveal a

            deep understanding of the unique place the statue holds in our hearts."--Publisher's website.

DVD 1463.00

Tesla: master of lightning, 2007.

1 videodisc (90 min.)

Recount the life of scientist, inventor, and visionary Nikola Tesla, often remembered as more of an eccentric cult figure than an electrical engineering genius. Tesla's surprising inventions are revealed in his autobiographical and scientific writings.

DVD 268.00

They made America

2 videodiscs (240 min.)

Examines innovation in America through the stories of some resourceful men and women whose ideas and inventions have transformed the world.

Contents: disc 1. Rebels ; Revolutionaries (120 minutes) -- disc 2. Newcomers ; Gamblers (120 minutes).

DVD 648.00

To form a more perfect union: milestones of the civil rights movement

1 videodisc (38 min.)

A powerful and compelling journey documenting the ten milestones of the Civil Rights Movement

            of the 1950's and 1960's emphasizing rare and unseen archival video footage of the actual events.

            Strong emphasis on the non-violent aspects of the Civil Rights Movement and the pivotal role

            played by the Supreme Court.

DVD 1461.00

Thomas A. Edison. Father of invention, 2006.

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

Without Thomas Edison's innovative and groundbreaking inventions, modern-day life as we know it would be unimaginable.

DVD 192.00

Thomas Jefferson

1 videodisc (ca.180 min.)

Examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.


DVD 586.00


1 videodisc (ca. 225 min.)

Documentary about Theodore Roosevelt.  Explores the influence of Roosevelt’s childhood, his rise to the U.S. Presidency, and the years after he left office.



DVD 1073.00

Tulia, Texas

1 videodisc (54 min.)

In 1999 undercover narcotics agent Thomas Coleman executed one of the biggest drug stings in Texas history. Coleman and his drug task force arrested 46 Tulia residents - of which 39 were African American -on charges of suspected drug dealing. TULIA, TEXAS is the story of a small town's search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation's war on drugs. From

DVD 458.00

Two days in October

1 videodisc (90 min.)

Examines the critical events that took place in the fall of 1967, from the ambush of an American

            battalion by the Viet Cong that led to skepticism of whether the Vietnamese conflict was winnable,

            to the first violent anti-war demonstration on a campus in Wisconsin.

DVD 415.00

Ulysses S. Grant: warrior, president

1 videodisc (ca. 220 min.)

Reappraises Grant's career, from his pre-civil war days as a failed soldier, to his transformation into

            the greatest Union hero of the Civil War, to his presidency, rocked by scandal and economic   

            depression, and to his last days, when he raced to finish his war memoirs as he was dying of cancer.

DVD 587.00

Unforgivable blackness: the rise and fall of Jack Johnson

2 videodiscs (220 min.)

The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first

            half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer

            to win the most coveted title in all of sports – Heavyweight Campion of the World. Includes his

            struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man.

DVD 641.00

Unsolved history: Death in Dealey Plaza

1 videodisc (46 min.)

At the moment of JFK's death, cameras were rolling. What new clues concealed in that vintage film

            might be revealed through the application of today's imaging technology.

DVD 806.00

U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848

2  videodiscs (approx. 240 min.)   

Tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national

            territory to the United States. Although the war lasted only two years, its outcome not only

            transformed the boundaries of these neighboring countries, but it also shifted the balance of world

            powers and shaped the destinies of each nation.  This series explores the events surrounding the

            conflict between the two neighboring nations struggling for land, power and identity. The

            educational package covers the dramatic sweep of the war from the multiple perspectives of

            Americans,  Mexicans, and Native Americans, examining the social, cultural, and economic forces

            that shaped each country and its peoples during that crucial era. 

DVD 193.00

Vietnam, a television history

4 videodiscs (ca. 11 hr.)

Contents: disc 1. Roots of a war ; America's Mandarin, 1954-1964 -- disc 2. LBJ goes to war, 1964-1965 -- America takes charge, 1965-1967; America's enemy, 1954-1967 -- disc 3. Tet 1968 ; Vietnamizing the war, 1968-1973 ; Cambodia and Laos -- disc 4. "Peace is at hand," 1968-1973 ; Homefront USA ; The end of the tunnel, 1973-1975.


The War of 1812

2 videodiscs (ca. 270 min. [i.e. 317 min.])

The first episode, "First invasion : the War of 1812," depicts how only 30 years after winning the independence, the upstart United States waged another war with Great Britain. Motivated by the high-seas capture of American sailors and the desire to annex Canadian lands, President Madison declared war. Thanks to the aim of a lone sniper, the skill of Andrew Jackson, the fortitude of the people of Baltimore, and the events of September 11, 1814, America would triumph again, ensuring the survival of the fledgling nation. "Save our history: The Star-Spangled Banner" recaptures the events that led Francis Scott Key to write the song which would become our national anthem. This song was written at the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

In volume two, "The Battle of New Orleans" shows how General Andrew Jackson led a motley group of Creoles, freeborn blacks, local Native Americans and poorly armed frontiersmen to defeat the British army effectively ending the War of 1812, while "Andrew Jackson: A Man for the People" explores the life of Andrew Jackson, known as "Old Hickory", during his Presidency, which he won on the strength of a reputation earned during the War of 1812. "The Ironclads" examines the development of the iron clad warship, which represented a radical advance over all earlier ships, effectively rendering the wooden navies of the world obsolete overnight. "Surviving an 1812 Battleship" provides a look at what

ordinary sailors faced when engaging the enemy inside an 1812 battleship.

DVD 460.00

The War that made America

2 videodiscs (ca. 240 min.)

The French and Indian War pitted French forces for almost a decade against the British, yet few

            Americans realize its historic contribution to the revolutionary fervor which swept the continent in

            1776. The critical and sophisticated role of Native Americans in this conflict is highlighted.

DVD 191.00

WWII Memorial: a testament to freedom

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)  

DVD 194.00

Watergate plus 30: shadow of history

1 videodisc (120 min.)

What lessons has America learned from Watergate? Thirty years after the most infamous break-in

helped pull down President Richard Nixon, all of the facts are still not in. But as this compelling   documentary shows, Watergate remains a nearly unbelievable tale of ordinary men corrupted by                                  power and their desire to retain it. Interviews with investigator Sam Dash, co-conspirator John Dean,

            and journalist Bob Woodward recreate the history and speculate on the effects.    [PBS website].

DVD 589.00

The way West: how the West was lost and won

2 videodiscs (360 min.)

Chronicles the final decades of the American frontier from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.

Contents: Episode 1. Westward, the course of empire takes its way, 1845-1964 -- Episode 2. Approach of civilization, 1865-1869 -- Episode 3. War for the Black Hills, 1870-1876 Episode 4. Ghost Dance, 1877-1893.

DVD 1284.01-.03

We shall remain: America through native eyes

3 videodiscs (394 min.)

They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal and political.These five documentaries spanning almost four hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land

General Note: Special features (disc 1, 88 min.): 4 "ReelNative" films by Native American filmmakers (21 including "Hill high low" by Michael David Little, "A freeway Christmas" by Rebecca

             Nelson, "Untitled" by Courtney Leonard, "Hope for bigger than 16 seconds" by Keely Curliss ;

            "PBS previews 'We shall remain'" (26 min.); 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes (8 min. total);

             3 "Native Now" films about Native American issues (25 min. total); "'We shall remain' signature

             image" featurette (3 min.); deleted scene from "Tecumseh's vision" (5 min.).

Contents: disc 1. After the Mayflower (77 min.) –disc 2: Tecumseh's vision (86 min.) -- Trail of Tears (75 min.) -- disc 3: Geronimo (77 min.) -- Wounded Knee (79 min.).

DVD 745.00

The West

5 videodiscs

Spanning from the first European advance into the wilderness to the dawn of the 20th century, this

            series portrays the profound, often devastating impact the onrushing white settlers, adventurers and

            exploiters had on Native Americans and the land.

DVD 1461.

Westinghouse, c2008.

1 videodisc (112 min.)

Examines the life and career of industrialist George Westinghouse, pioneer of electric power and provider of numerous important inventions. Emphasizes Westinghouse's honesty and integrity as a businessman and possessor of wealth.

DVD 414.00

Why the towers fell

1 videodisc (60 min.)

For most people the image of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was not only a scene of unforgettable horror, it was a moment of unimaginable consequence. This follows a blue ribbon team of forensic engineers as they begin searching for clues that would tell them why the towers fell. From detailed examination of the buildings original design to the relentless process of searching the scrap steel yards and Ground Zero itself for evidence.

DVD 1276.00

Why we fight

1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.)

Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as

            Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have

            become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of

            a nation in transition--drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial

            and uncertain future.

DVD 328.00

With all deliberate speed

1 videodisc (112 min)

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education that

            the concept of "separate but equal" school segregation was unconstitutional. Director Peter Gilbert

            explores the history and legacy of the legal decision.

DVD 1497

Witness: Katrina

1 videodisc (90 min.)

National Geographic weaves together more than 100 sources from amateur videographers, news crews, government agencies, tourists, storm chasers and others who were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos of the most chronicled natural disaster in history.

DVD 459.00

The World's greatest fair

1 videodisc (119 min.)

Documentary on the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, using archival images and interviews with

            historians to highlight various aspects of the event.