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1. Red badge of courage   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 1998 . 27 min. ; color & b/w , Red Badge of Courage A century ago a 22-year-old named Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, one of the greatest books ever about the Civil War. This video examines Crane's mind and analyzes the classic tale of a young man in the midst of a horrifying, bloody conflict. Crane explores the fear every young man faces: Does he have the courage to face the terrors that a man must face, or is he at heart a coward? By bringing to light the fears young people have when moving out into a cold world, Crane's story is able to touch each new generation. Date: 1998 Availability: No items available:

2. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 1997 . 26 min. ; color & b/w , The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn This work grapples with one of the most powerful themes in American history--slavery. Tracing the roots of author Mark Twain, this video travels from Twain's home in Hannibal, Missouri, where the novel is set, to Hartford, Connecticut, where Twain also lived, to the waters of the Mississippi, the site of Huck and Jim's journey. McAvoy Layne, an actor who specializes in recreating Mark Twain, uses Twain's own scathing critiques and satirical letters to paint a portrait of the author and the world that inspired his masterpiece. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

3. The great gatsby   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 1997 . 26 mins. ; color & b/w , The Great Gatsby The most widely read and widely translated American novel of this century. The Great Gatsby explores the uniquely American possibilities that allow individuals to remake themselves. Rich with imagery and symbolism this book reflects not only F. Scott Fitzgerald, but also the world of the Roaring Twenties. Even today, its focus on the worship of money and power, of youth and success, make it as relevant now as on the day it was written. Reenactment footage intercut with scenes from the 1974 film Gatsby, starring Robert Redford, interviews with experts, and dramatic narrative work to unlock the complexity of this novel's characters. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

4. The scarlet letter   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 1997 . 25 min. ; color & b/w , The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's great novel. The Scarlet Letter, explores the timeless conflict between private truth and public appearance and the choice between sin and salvation. Although Hawthorne's masterpiece was written in the nineteenth century and set in Puritan New England, the story of Hester Prynne's adulterous relationship with a young clergyman reflects questions still asked today: What is moral? What is good? Are they the same or different? The Scarlet Letter's penetrating moral vision, intense symbolism, and stylistic subtlety have had a wide-ranging influence on writers ever since it was published. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

5. Walden   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 1997 . 30 min. ; color & b/w , Walden Henry David Thoreau's walden captures the essence of transcendentalism. Emphasizing the importance of spirituality over materialism, Thoreau urges people to free themselves from the "quiet desperation" of their lives to discover the "marrow of life,". This video traces Thoreau's life from his childhood to the peace he found on the shores of Walden Pond. Interviews with members of the voluntary simplicity movement reveal the power of Thoreau's ideas on the American Psyche today. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

6. Tales of Edgar Allan Poe   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 26 min. ; color & b/w , Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Explore the psychology of terror in some of Poe¥s most haunting tales. Interwoven through these stories is the most tragic tale of allùthat of author Edgar Allan Poe. Many of his tales resonate with themes from his own life: abandonment, sickness, and fear. Leading us through Poe¥s tales of terror are well-known horror writers and directors. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

7. The jungle   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2002 . 26 mins.; color , Upton Sinclair's groundbreaking expose of Chicago's meatpacking industry was a horror story of unsanitary conditions, food poisoning, and child labor abuse. Learn what led Sinclair into this turn-of-the-century "urban jungle" and how his book prompted Congress to pass the first food safety laws. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

8. The grapes of wrath   Publication: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2000 . 26 mins. ;color , Follow the Joad family's Great Depression journey from their Oklahoma farm to the land of milk and honey -- California. On the way, Ma Joad struggles to keep the family together as they meet with violent rejection, betrayal, death of loved ones, degradation, loss of hope, and an ever-deepening sense of utter vulnerability. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available: