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1. JFK: years of lightning, day of drums   Publication: Washington, D.C.: U.S. Information Agency 1964 . 85 mins.: color , JFK: years of lightning, day of drums In this poetic propaganda film by the USIA made for foreign audiences, Kennedy is the American hero who had "years of lightning" before his life was ended and remembered in a "day of drums" funeral. The film is structured around the "six faces" of the New Frontier: the Peace Corps, conquest of space, Alliance for Progress, civil rights, freedom, peace. In 1961 "upon the floating globe called the world there were three billion people and most of them were not happy or free or at peace." There were loud and visible problems of " fires burning in the Congo" and a "foreign-dictated government in Cuba" and "starvation for one-third of the world." John Kennedy is portrayed as one of the uncommon men in the history of the world who thought not of problems but of "the invisible and silent" solutions. Featured in this film are his speech at White House to the first Peace Corps volunteers, his journey to Costa Rica -- "viva Costa Rica, viva Costa Rica, mucha gracias" -- the Freedom Riders mass meeting Aug. 28 in Washington DC, the Alan Shephard award ceremony, the Berlin crisis --"if war begins, it begins in Moscow, not Berlin" -- his speech at the Berlin Wall --"Let them come to Berlin" -- and his trip to Ireland. Interspersed between each of these segments are scenes from the 1963 funeral. "History will pick up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date and time and the city. But history will be wrong, for there wasn't one date, or time, or city." His life and death symbolized the "invisible and silent" hopes and dreams of the world. Date: 1964 Availability: No items available:

2. The congress : the history and promise of representative government   Publication: Florentine Films ; Turner Broadcasting System 1996 . 90 mins. : color & b/w , For 200 years, The United States Congress has been one of the country's most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant, thoughtful and often touching portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this unique American institution. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews with David Broder, Alistair Cooke, Cokie Roberts, Charles McDowell and others, the film chronicles the personalities, events and issues that have animated the first 200 years of Congress and, in turn our country. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

3. The election process in America   Publication: Thousand Oaks, CA : Goldhil Video 2002 . 50 mins. : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The right to vote is our single most important right as American citizens, and yet, many Americans fail to exercise this valuable right. Many feel their vote doesn't count, but this enlightening video points out why we should take the franchise, our right to vote, very seriously. Also, while reviewing the election process throughout the history of our nation, this video shows how we've gradually expanded voting rights. There are more Constitutional Amendments dealing with elections and voting than with any other aspect of our government. Over the years Amendments have bestowed this valuable democratic right on more and more citizens. This video also explains the electoral college, and how we actually elect our government officials. It explains concepts and terms like suffrage, disfranchisement, lobbyists and political action committees, and it explores ways in which the election process might be improved, in the wake of the hotly contested Bush-Gore race for the Presidency. Also, it reviews how each of us can become more involved in the workings of our government. Several subject matter experts from Princeton, UCLA and the United States Naval Academy help explain the issues. Many American lives have been lost in wars defending our democracy, and our right to govern ourselves as we see fit. The election process is the means by which we do that. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

4. Framework for democracy : 101 : American heritage. 102 : The American experiment   Publication: Pasadena, CA. : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

5. Framework for democracy : 103 : The living Constitution. 104 : Federalism   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

6. Framework for democracy : 105 : Civil liberties -- expression & privacy. 106 : Civil liberties -- rights of the accused   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

7. Framework for democracy : 107 : The struggle for equality. 108 : Public opinion and political socialization   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

8. Framework for democracy : 109 : Voting and political participation. 110 : Political parties   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

9. Framework for democracy : 111 : Candidates and campaigns. 112 : Interest groups   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

10. Framework for democracy : 113 : The news media. 114 : Congress I   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

11. Framework for democracy : 115 : Congress II. 116 : The presidency I   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

12. Framework for democracy : 119 : The bureaucracy II. 120 : The judiciary I   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

13. Framework for democracy : 121 : The judiciary II. 122 : Economic policy   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

14. Framework for democracy : 123 : Social welfare and education policy. 124 : Health and environmental policy   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

15. Framework for democracy : 125 : Foreign, trade and domestic policy. 126 : Foreign, trade and domestic policy   Publication: Pasadena, CA : INTELECOM 2002 . 29:30 min. each program (ca. one hour) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , The twenty six programs of Framework for Democracy introduce viewers to viewers to many of America's most influential leaders, elected officials, academicians, and political insiders, whose contributions have helped shape the political life of a nation. Contemporary case studies and historical insights challenge viewers to discuss and debate the changing role of government in the modern age. Contents: Program 1.; American heritage --; program 2.; American experiment --; program 3.; Living constitution --; program 4.; Question of sovereignty --; program 5.; Most basic of rights --; program 6.; Rights of the accused --; program 7.; Struggle for equality --; program 8.; Frames of reference --; program 9.; Voice of the people --; program 10.; Party politics --; program 11.; Campaign trail --; program 12.; Pressure politics --; program 13.; Fourth estate --; program 14.; First branch --; program 15.; Government by committee --; program 16.; Glorius burden --; program 17.; Leader for a nation --; program 18.; Federal workplace --; program 19.; Power imperative --; program 20.; Rule of nine --; program 21.; Legal precedent --; program 22.; Balancing act --; program 23.; Nation's welfare --; program 24.; Health of the nation; Health of the planet --; program 25.; Global politics --; program 26.; Preserve, protect and defend. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

16. Vote for me : politics in America   Publication: Washington, D.C. : WETA 1996 . 2 videotapes : 4 hours. ; color , VOTE FOR ME: POLITICS IN AMERICA, an entertaining video series that looks at American culture as reflected in political campaigns across the United States. This series received the highest awards in broadcast journalism, a Peabody as well as a DuPont award. Although the series is eight years old, only the candidates and automobile styles have changed. This four-hour series travels across the country showing how politics are really played in the U.S. It is entertaining, funny, and full of revealing behind-the scenes moments. If you want to show what America looks like, this is it. It's the perfect way for students of American politics to understand the campaign and election process, from the smallest precincts all the way to the White House. Part 1 shows what candidates do, and have done, to get voter's attention. How well-run street organizations get out the vote in Chicago. A portrait of the master of person-to-person campaigning in Rhode Island. A desperate California gubernatorial candidate (1994) stages a 29-hour bus trip photo-op marathon. A New York "attack dog" consultant travels to Alabama to craft a negative ad campaign. Then Part 2, studies what voters do to get politicians' attention. How a senior citizen's retirement haven turns out 93 per cent majorities for its candidates. The tough, revealing story of changing ethnic coalitions, where naked self-interest is the order of the day. Part 3 looks at Louisiana teenagers in a mock-legislature and the intense small town politics of Johnson, Rhode Island to see where politicians come from. And Part 4, a remarkable cinema-verite behind the scenes look at what it really takes to run for office in America. First-time-candidate from North Carolina Maggie Lauterer decides to run for Congress and has to learn how to beg for money on the phone, how to come up with 30-second policy soundbites, and how to try to run a clean campaign in the face of withering negative attacks. And we the viewers learn along with her, sharing her exhilaration and her setbacks. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

17. Our federal government : the presidency   Publication: Rainbow Educational Media/Office of Broadcast Services 2004 . 27:37 mins. , OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT series is in four parts, each 30 minutes long. The three branches of our government are explained. Each program presents the specific functions of the branches and how each overlaps the other. Completing this series is the program on the presidential election process. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: THE PRESIDENCY. Over 200 years ago when the authors of the Constitution created the executive branch of the Federal Government, they also specified the basic powers and responsibilities of the Presidency. This program explores the Presidency, its influence and power, and its relationship to the Legislative and Judicial Branches. | Educational right Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

18. Our federal government : the legislative branch   Publication: Rainbow Educational Media/Office of Broadcast Services 2004 . 30:21 mins. , OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT series is in four parts, each 30 minutes long. The three branches of our government are explained. Each program presents the specific functions of the branches and how each overlaps the other. Completing this series is the program on the presidential election process. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. The authors of the Constitution established Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government. Congress is an arena for expressing opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, and for compromise. Controversy is also oftentimes a part of this branch as seen during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. In spite of this, no President can effectively govern without the support of Congress. This program examines the role of Congress, its organization, powers and responsibilities, and requirements to serve. | Educational right Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

19. Our federal government : the Supreme Court   Publication: Rainbow Educational Media/Office of Broadcast Services 2004 . 31:16 mins. , OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT series is in four parts, each 30 minutes long. The three branches of our government are explained. Each program presents the specific functions of the branches and how each overlaps the other. Completing this series is the program on the presidential election process. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: THE SUPREME COURT. People have often had to struggle and protest to achieve their rights. The Supreme Court is the branch of government to make sure the ideal of equal justice under the law is upheld in practice. This program includes a look at the courts system and the philosophy, political, and social climate associated with the system. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

20. The press secretary : a fascinating all-access look inside Clinton's White House press office   Publication: W G B H Boston Video 2001 . 60 min. ; color , Filmed over three days in September 2000, follows President Clinton's Press Secretary, Joe Lockhart, and his staff as they deal with the many crises and deadlines that occur every day. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available: