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21. The American president : politics and the presidency   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Three: an Independent Cast of Mind J. Adams, Taylor, Hayes, Carter. Is an independent cast of mind the best approach to the presidency? The four men profiled in this hour pursued a course that took little account of political affiliation, becoming presidents, in essence, without being politicians. Taken together, they present a cautionary tale: all had difficult presidencies, and neither of the two who sought a second term was granted one. Episode Four: The Professional Politician Van Buren, Buchanan, Lincoln, L. Johnson. In our nation's early years, taking part in political affairs was considered a duty and an honor, but not a way of life. It was not long, however, before the professional politicians, and the parties they represented, began to find their way to the White House. While the skills necessary for political success can be helpful to a president, they are not sufficient to guarantee success in the office. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

22. The American president : executive vision   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Five: The American Way Jefferson, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan. It is often observed that American national identity is less a condition than an idea. What we have come t refer to as "the vision thing" is an expectation that our presidents will bring to the office a particularly strong sense of national mission. The four chronicled here may have understood the special character of America in different ways, but in all cases a belief that there was a distinctly American way of doing things guided their decisions. Episode Six: The World Stage Monroe, McKinley, Wilson, Bush. The president has no greater responsibility than representing the nation on the world stage. These four men engaged in this task at critical times in our national history and their achievements on the world stage stand as their most durable legacy. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

23. The American president : the candidate   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Seven: The Heroic Posture Washington, W.H. Harrison, Grant, Eisenhower. From the beginning, the presidential office has beckoned to national heroes renowned for their selfless service to their country. This affinity is especially strong for men of military fame, for the president is formally the commander-in-chief as well as symbolically the steward of the national interest. Episode Eight: Compromise Choices Pierce, Garfield, Harding, Ford. With the rise of political parties came the dawn of political compromise: nominees were selected because they were less offensive to some voters than those who might have been the best candidates. Two of the men profiled in this hour found the presidency beyond their abilities, while two proved themselves worthy of having been called to the highest office in the land. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

24. The American president : an office and its powers   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Nine: Expanding Power Jackson, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Nixon. Though the powers of the presidency have expanded with the growth of the nation, the process has been anything but smooth. These four presidencies are benchmarks in the development of executive power. Three stretched the office to its constitutional limits; the fourth overstepped those limits and brought on a new era of presidential weakness. Episode Ten: The Balance of Power Madison, Polk, Taft, Clinton. The final episode examines presidential leadership in an era of an increasingly divided government. The American presidency was conceived as one part of a larger system of institutions, and its effectiveness rests in part upon a good measure of cooperation among the branches. The presidents arrayed in this episode suggest four different conceptions of governance within a constitutionally structured balancing act. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

25. Native son   Publication: MD, U.S.A Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 1 videodisc (DVD)(60 min,) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , Adapted from the novel by Richard Wright Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

26. Ernest J. Gaines' The sky is gray by Lathan, Stan. Publication: [Thousand Oaks, Calif.] Monterey Media 2005 . 1 videodisc (46 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , MPAA rating: Not rated. Title from container. Director of photography, Larry Pizer ; editor, Barbara Pokras. Host, Henry Fonda. Cast : Olivia Cole, James Bond III, Margaret Avery, Cleavon Little, Clinton Derricks-Carroll Originally broadcast on television in 1980. DVD, region 1; stereo. Special features: author bio; actor bios; printable study guide; about the American Short Story Collection; audio interview: Robert Geller; Henry Fonda intro. | Based on the short story by Ernest J. Gaines. In rural Louisiana in the 1940's a young black boy journeys with his mother and absorbs valuable lessons of pride, charity and dignity. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

27. Barn burning by Faulkner, William Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 40 min. ; color. , Abe Snopes is a Southern tenant farmer sets his employer's barn on fire when he thinks he's been treated unfairly. His son, Sarty, is horrified. Snope escapes justice for lack of proof, but he and his family are told to move on. No sooner do they move than Snopes is offended by his new rich employer. Torn between trying to win his father's acceptance and his aversion to what his father will do, Sarty must make a decision and act quickly. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

28. The man that corrupted Hadleyburg by Twain, Mark Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 40 min. ; color. , Hadleyburg has a reputation for unshakable honesty. The smug towns-people are proud of this virtue and keep themselves honest by simply avoiding temptation. That is until The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg arrives in town. The stranger who plots a revenge on the hypocritical residents by promising a fortune to the citizens who once showed him charity many years before. One by one the stranger tempts the leading citizens to scheme for the money- until Hadleyburg's honest reputation is mud before the world. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a cynical, yet humorous view of life in America's small towns. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

29. Bernice bobs her hair by Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 49 min. ; color. , It's the hot summer of 1919. Visiting her cousin Marjorie, sweet-but-dull Bernice is transformed into a smooth-talking man-trap by her vampish kin. However, the “make-over” works too well, Bernice becomes the belle of the ball, captivating every boy's interest…even Marjorie's boyfriend Warren. The now worldly Bernice has the last laugh…a clever and ironic twist. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

30. Paul's case by Cather, Willa Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 52 min. ; color. , Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently running off to glamorous New York City. Once there, Paul experiences everything he ever dreamed of…from a luxurious hotel suite to his first taste of champagne. However, when reality finally comes crashing down around him, Paul realizes the desperate course he must now take. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

31. The jilting of Granny Weather by Porter, Katerine Ann Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 57 min.; color. , Granny Weatherall (Geraldine Fitzgerald) is a spunky old lady of eighty who bosses her doctor and her children. She seems so strong and in control. Yet she has never had the upper hand in her destiny. One morning, a flood of long-forgotten memories bring her to the realization that of all her accomplishments, she cannot console herself for the shame-filled day she was left standing at the altar. Still, her indomitable will to live and act independently infuses the last day of her life. Adapted from the short story by acclaimed writer Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools), The Jilting of Granny Weatherall reminds us of the plight of many women who wait for life to claim them, rather than seek life out for themselves. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

32. The revolt of mother by Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins. Publication: monterey media 2005 . 60 min.; color. , Father is going to build a new barn. Mother wants the new house she's been promised. A simple story, yet one that reveals so much about love and respect and the often difficult times between those who strive and work to build a life together. Set against the beautiful rustic backdrop of farming life in 1890 New England, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's poignant story brings us two hard-working people of the land. Sometimes the most difficult thing to see may be the needs of those who are closest to you. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

33. Sherwood Anderson's I'm a fool by Black, Noel 1937- Publication: [Thousand Oaks, Calif.] Monterey Media 2005 . 1 videodisc (38 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , Soundtrack in English. Title and credits from container. Director of photography, Jonathan Else ; editors, John F. Link, Stan Siegel ; music, Ed Bogas. Hosted by Henry Fonda. Starring : Ron Howard, Amy Irving Originally produced as a television movie in 1976. DVD, full screen presentation, region 1. Special features: author bio; actor bios; printable study guide; audio interview: Robert Geller; Henry Fonda intro. | A young man's job, his relationship with his coworkers, and his desire to impress those around him mark his passage to adulthood. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

34. Ernest Hemingway's Soldier's home by Young, Robert William. Publication: [Thousand Oaks, Calif.] Monterey Media 2005 . 1 videodisc (41 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , Soundtrack in English Title and credits from container. Originally produced as a television movie in 1976. Director of photography, Peter Sova ; editor, Ed Beyer ; music, Dick Hyman. Hosted by Henry Fonda. Starring : Richard Backus, Nancy Marchand DVD; region 1. Special features: author bio; actor bios; printable study guide; audio interview: Robert Geller; Henry Fonda intro. | An American soldier returning from World War I is unable to re-adjust to civilian life. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

35. The greatest speeches of all time by produced exclusively for Sound Works USA, Inc. Publication: Rolling Bay, WA Nostalgia Co. 1998 . 68 mins. Date: 1998 Availability: No items available:

36. Iron-Jawed Angels   Publication: Home Box Office 2004 . 124 min. ; color. , Oscar-winner Hilary Swank stars in a fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history, telling the true story of how a pair of defiant and brilliant young activists took the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

37. Alice Walker: Everyday Use   Publication: Princeton, NJ Films for the Humanities & Sciences 2004 . 26 mins. ; color. , Maggie sees the old family quilt—an heirloom already promised to her—as something with practical utility as well as tradition. Her educated, social activist sister wants to hang it on the wall as folk art. With whom will their mother side? A study in class differences and the reclamation of Black history, Alice Walker’s short story "Everyday Use" is beautifully realized in this dramatization. (26 minutes) Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

38. The man who walked between the towers by Gerstein, Mordicai. Publication: Brookfield, Conn. Roaring Brook Press 2003 . 1 v. (unpaged) col. ill. 29 cm. , A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk betweenthe World Trade Center towers. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

39. DVD: Diary of a spider   Publication: Norwalk, CT Weston Woods Studios Scholastic 2006 . 1 videodisc (10 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , From the book by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Harry Bliss. "Public performance DVD"--Container spine. | English, with optional English subtitles. Music by Zdenek Zdenek ; animated by Petr Fasianok ... [et al.]. Narrated by Angus T. Jones ; additional voices, Leigh Corra, Gene Deitch, Devyn Mufson, Joey Stack. A young spider discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being a spider, including how to spin webs and avoid vacuum cleaners. Ages 3-8. DVD. Date: 2006 Availability: No items available:

40. DVD: Diary of a worm by Cronin, Doreen Publication: [Weston, Conn.] Weston Woods/Scholastic 2004 . 1 videodisc (8 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , "Public performance DVD"--Container cover. Teacher's study guide inside container cover insert. Features: easy-to-use menu ; optional English subtitles. | Gene Deitch, director ; Zdenek Zdenek, music ; Harry Bliss, illustrator. Narrated by Alexamder Gould. A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world. Ages 5-9. DVD. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available: