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1. Roads to Memphis : the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr / Stephen Ives; Hampton Sides; Insignia Films.; PBS Distribution (Firm); WGBH Educational Foundation. by Ives, Stephen Publication: 2010 . 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. , Documents the story of assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April of 1968. Explores the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of Ray and King to create a complex, engaging, and thought-provoking portrait of America in that crisis-laden year. Date: 2010 Availability: No items available:

2. The speeches collection. volume 1   Publication: MPI Home Video 2002 . 2 DVD (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in. , A two-disc set containing the important and famous speeches of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. THE SPEECHES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY "...we stand today at the threshold of a new frontier..." John F. Kennedy, was dynamic, poised and relaxed at all times. The program focuses on Kennedy, the public orator and features every major address during his three years in the White House. THE SPEECHES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. "I have a dream!" Martin Luther King, Jr., was perhaps the most inspirational speaker of all time. Follow his electrifying speeches from the early days as a young pastor in Montgomery, to the great march on Washington, including the final prophetic speech in Memphis just days before his tragic assassination. THE SPEECHES OF GERALD FORD "...the long national nightmare is over. Our constitution works." Features the former president swearing into office, officially pardoning Richard Nixon for all Watergate crimes, honoring Queen Elizabeth at her bicentennial visit to the United States, accepting the Republican Nomination and delivering his farewell address to Congress and the nation. THE SPEECHES OF RONALD REAGAN "We will never stop searching for a genuine peace." Provides a broad sample of appearances spanning the lengthy career of Ronald Reagan. From a 1964 televised speech in support of Barry Goldwater for President, to an economic debate with former CIA Director George Bush, to the famous "evil empire" and "Star Wars" presidential addresses, to his final words of farewell to the nation, his relaxed, affable communication demonstrates why he was considered to be an accomplished orator. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

3. Founding fathers : the men who shaped our nation and changed the world (1)   Publication: MPH Entertainment Inc. for The History Channel 2000 . One DVD : 100 minutes ; color , All rights reserved. Volume One: REBELS WITH A CAUSE The birth of American democracy as attended by an extraordinary cast of characters, drawn from every level of colonial society. They brought to the cause of independence a dazzling array of talents and genius--and an equally noteworthy range of personality flaws and defects. Sam Adams was a rumpled, pugnacious man who failed at a variety of professions, before finding his niche as a revolutionary with a knack for inciting mob violence. John Hancock, a wealthy, aristocratic merchant, was also a known wine-smuggler with a major economic stake in breaking away from Britain. But the unique chemistry of this political "odd couple" would prove pivotal, combining to spark the fires of resentment which until then had been merely smoldering within the colonies. TAKING LIBERTIES In the aftermath of heavy British tax levies and the shock of the Boston Massacre, the situation in the American colonies grew more incendiary. Helping to fan the flames was the eloquent orator Patrick Henry, who rose from backwoods obscurity to marry into money and make the first open "call to arms." Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin, actually slow to join the colonists' cause, was in London--desperately attempting to patch things up with King George. Across the Atlantic, George Washington, a retired soldier with a spotty military record, maneuvered for command of the rebel forces, while an alcoholic essay writer named Thomas Paine published "Common Sense," one of the period's most famous and inflammatory tracts. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

4. Founding fathers : the men who shaped our nation and changed the world (2)   Publication: MPH Entertainment Inc. for The History Channel 2000 . One DVD : 100 minutes ; color , All rights reserved. Volume two: YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION By 1776, the rebels would finally make their fateful, final break with Britain. One of those advocating this extreme step was a young Virginia planter named Thomas Jefferson. A misogynist who suffered debilitating migraines, the man who penned the Declaration of Independence wrestled all his life with the contradiction of being a slave-owner himself. On the battlefield, the war did not get off to a promising start. George Washington failed miserably in his first campaigns, while Ben Franklin's own son was arrested for plotting to aid the enemy. But as the revolutionary army gained in experience and confidence--and the French threw their considerable financial support into the fray--the tide slowly but surely began to turn in the rebels' direction. A HEALTHY CONSTITUTION After the final defeat of British forces in Yorktown, the thirteen colonies found themselves in a unique and frightening situation: building a new, democratic nation with no money, few allies and no blueprint of how to proceed. The revolution's savior would turn out to be the shy, studious James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Also vital to the new nation's survival was ensuring good ties with the friends it possessed. Sent to Paris to maintainvital ties with the French. Thomas Jefferson would engage in not one but two scandalous affairs: one with a married woman and one with his slave Sally Hemings. Back in the newly independent America, the revered George Washington would decline the titleof "King" and become the first President of the grand social experiment that came to be the United States of America. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

5. The American president : a matter of destiny   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode One: Family Ties J.Q. Adams B. Harrson, F. Roosevelt, Kennedy. The last thing that the Founding Fathers envisioned was a hereditary chief executive. After all, they had fought a war in part to rid themselves of a king. Yet, power inevitably passes from generation to generation, and several families have returned to the White House as though born to it. The stories of the four men profiled in this hour reveal both the blessings and the curses of inherited power. Episode Two: Happenstance Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, Truman. Nearly one in five American presidents has died in office. The vice presidents who succeeded then were often chosen for the ticket less because they were equal to the most powerful office in the land than because they provided some electoral advantage. What happens when such a man takes office--frequently facing widespread conviction that he is unworthy of the powers he inherits? Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

6. 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:

7. 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:

8. 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:

9. 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:

10. Inside special forces   Publication: National Geographic Society 2003 . 60 mins.: color , Inside special forces With unprecedented access, National Geographic goes deep into the secret world of U.S. Special Operations and tells the story of this highly skilled, elite group of soldiers from the inside out. With roots traceable to the French and Indian War, the Special Forces military unit has evolved over several centuries to serve an integral role in the U.S. military campaign. Inside Special Forces follows these soldiers as they make their way from the training camp to the battlefield to face an unpredictable enemy in an unfamiliar land. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

11. Destionation America: the people and cultures that created a nation.   Publication: PBS 2005 . 220 min. ; color & b/w , The Immigrants come from all over the world. Their faces have changed, not their reason: flight from poverty, persecution, war. Drawn by the shimmering promise of America, immigrants have been coming since America’s beginning, for a better life, for their own survival. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

12. American Experience: FDR, part one   Publication: PBS 1994 . 110 min. ; color & b/w , Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency. Date: 1994 Availability: No items available:

13. American Experience: FDR, part two   Publication: PBS 1994 . 140 min. ; color & b/w , Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency. Date: 1994 Availability: No items available:

14. New York - a documentary film, episode eight (1946-2003): the center of the world   Publication: New York WGBH 2003 . 180 mins. ; color. , The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath. The film presents rare archival footage, including excerpts from Another Day Downtown, a documentary about lower Manhattan not seen since its initial airing in the early 1960s; never-before-seen footage of the World Trade Center's architect, Minoru Yamasaki, at work on the project's design in 1962; and extensive interviews with commentators and experts including Guy Tozzoli and Leslie Robertson, the Trade Center's project manager and structural engineer, respectively, who recount firsthand their experience with the project's life and death. Joining them are many of the people who helped make sense of 400 years of New York's history in the first seven episodes of New York: A Documentary Film -- Pete Hamill, Mike Wallace, Robert A. M. Stern and Ada Louise Huxtable among them. The film explores the urban, economic, architectural and symbolic significance of the great towers, their horrific demise, and the ongoing effort to come to terms with their loss. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

15. Echoes from the White House: a celebration of the bicentennial of America's mansion   Publication: PBS 2001 . 60 mins. ; color. , Hosted by Martin Sheen, this documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of the White House with a look at the stories, both public and private, that have unfolded within its walls. The program reincarnates two centuries of power-plays, tragedies, crises, celebrations and victories through the words of those involved. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available:

16. The presidents: the lives and legacies of the 43 leaders of the United States.   Publication: A&E Television Network 2005 . 3 V. ( Volume one: 135 mins., Volume two: 135 mins., Volume three: 90 mins.) ; color/B&W , This series traces the history of America's highest office from the Revolution to the 2004 campaign. The office is one of the hallmarks of the American experiment, open to any native-born citizen over the age of 35. The men who have inhabited it have been heroes and villains, visionaries and scoundrels, towering figures and seeming afterthoughts. VOLUME ONE examines the first 76 of the office, from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln (1789-1865). VOLUME TWO surveys the next 80 years of the office, from Andrew Johnson to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1865-1945). VOLUME THREE examines the most recent 60 years of the office from Harry Truman to George W. Bush (1945-Present). Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

17. 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:

18. On the Pow Wow trail   Publication: First on Board 2002 . 1 videodisc (30 min.),col. , Follow young Chad Killscrow and his friend, Michael Roberts as they travel the circuit from Oklahoma to Rocky Boy, Montana from powwow to powwow, they recreate ceremonies, as well as the traditional dress and dance of Native American customs that were established centuries before. Focus on the preservation of American Indian customs, traditional dress and dance as you follow the two teen-age grassdancers on the powwow circuit. This unique and professionally produced video by producers, Gary Rhine and Fidel Moreno (Yaqui/Huichol) mix contemporary music with powwow music and infrared photography with interesting results. The story and music combine in such a fashion that powwow dancers are portrayed in a very positive manner similar to sports stars. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

19. The American Experience : RFK   Publication: WGBH Educational Foundation, 2004 . 120 mins. ; Color , A new biography of Robert Kennedy written and directed by David Grubin for American Experience, 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 voice. His suffering helps him empathize with impoverished Americans and others who are marginalized or disenfranchised – African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans. Just as he has begun to discover his own identity and move beyond the shadow of his brother, he , too , is assassinated – cut off in his prime as he was still changing and growing. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

20. A history of black achievement in America: Program one: Settling the new world and founding the United States of America. Program two: Emergence of the black hero   Publication: Ambrose DVD 2005 . 1 V. (2 programs, 27 mins. each). color and B&W. , This original, eight-part series documents Black Achievement in American history, its defining role in the growth of the country, and its influence on current events. Presented by James Avery, the series highlights the many contributions of Black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society with their achievements, and shaped the history of the United States. | Vol. 1 contains program one & two. | PROGRAM ONE: Settling the New World and Founding the United States of America 1619 - 1621 - Blacks Arrive at Jamestown 1705 - The Virginia General Assembly Passes the Slave Codes 1762 - Entrepreneur Samuel Fraunces Opens New York City's Most Cherished Revolutionary War Site: The Fraunces Tavern 1770 - Crispus Attucks and the Black Patriots | PROGRAM TWO: Emergence of the Black Hero 1772 - Chicago is Settled by Jean DuSable 1776 - Lemuel Haynes Helps Lay the Foundation for Abolition 1791 - The First Black Man of Science, Benjamin Banneker, Surveys Washington, D.C. 1821 - African Grove Theatre Founded in New York. 1822 - Denmark Vesey and the Slave Revolts 1823 - Legendary Mountain Man James Beckwourth Enters the Rockies 1849 - Harriet Tubman Uses Underground Railroad to Become Free Date: 2005 Availability: No items available: