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1. Abraham and Mary Lincoln :   Publication: [United States] : WGBH Educational Foundation : | Distributed by PBS Home Video, 2001 . 3 videocassettes of 3 (360 min.) : | Copyright: no reg. , Special features include: interviews with the producer and cinematographer, audio descriptions, audio navigation, three-part featurette, interactive map, videos interview of historians, timelines, essays, photo galleries, and teacher's guide. | Videocassette 1. This film begins in 1882 when Mary Todd Lincoln is an old woman living near Springfield, Illinois. It backtracts to tell the story of the couple's childhoods his in a remote backwoods log cabin, hers in a wealthy Kentucky home. And it describes their courtship. Mary sets her heart on the raw, socially awkward Lincoln, saying later. “ He’ll be president of the United States on day. If I had not thought so I never would have married him. “ Their partnership is both tempestuous and passionate. She has a temper, and he suffers bouts of depression. But they share a powerful political ambition that sends Lincoln to the House of Representatives and later, with the country splitting apart over slavery, propels him to run for president. On election night, when the results finally come in, Lincoln goes home and tells his wife, “Mary, Mary, we are elected” | Videcassette 2: When the Lincolns arrive in Washington in 1861, the country is breaking apart. The country's president-elect is unknown, untested, and mistrusted. His wife, the daughter of a Southern slave owner, is suspected of being a Confederate sympathizer, As Lincoln leads a confused and frightened people through the most terrible conflict in their history, disaster strikes his own home: Willie Lincoln -- the child Mary says will be the hope and stay of her old age – dies. Mary, though tormented by her grief, visits wounded soldiers and helps slaves who have made their way to the North. Losing her grip on sanity, she also turns to spiritualists for comfort. Her husband, bowed down with sorrow, never loses sight of the tragedy consuming the nation. With the war going badly in the east, enlistments drying up, and morale low, Lincoln takes a step that changes the country forever and in ding so he changes himself. On January 1, 1863 the sixteenth president issues the Emancipation Proclamation liberating millions of Americans from bondage. The Move turns the Civil War from a conflict over union into a struggle for freedom. 1/2 in. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available:

2. DVD: So you want to be president? by St. George, Judith 1931- Publication: [Weston, CT] Weston Woods Studios Scholastic 2003 . 1 videodisc (27 min.) sd., col. 4 3/4 in. , "Public performance DVD"--Container. "In the time-honored tradition of political commentary the public and private lives of forty-two Presidents are celebrated with humor and flair"--Container. Bonus features: on-screen learning guides ; optional English subtitles. | Closed-captioned. Narrated by Stockard Channing. Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton. MPAA rating: Not rated. DVD. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

3. State capitals by Schlessinger Media. Publication: Wynnewood, PA : Schlessinger Media, 2004. . 1 videodisc (23 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + teacher's guide. , Join children Gus and Gwen as they learn about all 50 states and their capitals. They go region by region and provide fun facts and information, including state nicknames, things the states are famous for making or producing, popular recreation activities and a bit of history. This fast-paced trip from coast to coast provides an exciting overview of regions, states and their capitals. Availability: No items available:

4. Election day   Publication: Bala Cynwyd, PA Schlessinger Video Productions 1996 . 1 videocassette (ca. 25 min.) sd., col. 1/2 in. , Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. "K6613"--Container. Michael Keck. VHS. Grades K-4. | From campaigning and debates to rallies and voting, this program explains the activities that precede Election Day. Different levels of public office elections are reviewed along with the constitutional amendments that gave the right to vote to all groups. Children also explore the history of voting and examine the attributes of a good leader by watching as a group of middle school students elect their class president. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

5. Seabiscuit   Publication: [United States] Burbank, CA PBS Home Video Distributed by Warner Home Video 2003 . 1 videocassette (60 min.) sd., col. 1/2 in. , Closed-captioned Cinematography, Buddy Squires, Allan Palmer, Peter Nelson, Allen Moore ; editor, Toby Shimin ; music, Joel Goodman. Narrated by Scott Glenn. VHS MPAA rating: Not rated. | While not looking the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

6. The perilous fight : America's World War II in color   Publication: [Alexandria, VA] Distributed by PBS Home Video Warner Home Video 2003 . 2 videocassettes (ca. 4 hr.) sd., col. 1/2 in. , MPAA rating: Not rated. Closed-captioned. Editors, Shelagh Brady, Gale Franko, Stephen Moore, Cleven Ticeson ; original music by Chris Elliott. Narrator: Martin Sheen. VHS | This video brings America's wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life. The series combines original color film footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters written by people who were part of an unforgettable period of history. | Contents: Infamy Battlefronts Wrath Triumph. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

7. Vietnam : a television history   Publication: [South Burlington, Vt.] WGBH Boston Video 2004 . 4 videocassettes (660 min.) sd., col. 1/2 in. , Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Originally produced in 1983 as individual segments of: American experience. VHS | This eleven part documentary series chronicles three decades of struggle in Vietnam, providing a detailed visual and oral account of the war. | Contents: tape 1 Roots of a war / written and produced by Judith Vecchione America's Mandarin, 1954-1963 / written and produced by Elizabeth Deane tape 2 LBJ goes to war, 1964-1965 / written and produced by Austin Hoyt America takes charge, 1965-1967 / written and produced by Andrew Pearson America's enemy, 1954-1967 / written and produced by Martin Smith tape 3 Tet, 1968 / written and produced by Austin Hoyt Vietnamizing the war, 1968-1973 / written and produced by Martin Smith Cambodia and Laos / written by Bruce Palling ; produced by Bruce Palling and Martin Smith tape 4 Peace is at hand, 1968-1973 / written and produced by Martin Smith Homefront, USA / produced by Elizabeth Deane The end of the tunnel, 1973-1975 / written and produced by Elizabeth Deane. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

8. Native American life   Publication: Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Schlessinger Video Productions 1996 . 1 videocassette (ca. 25 min.) sd., col. 1/2 in. , Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Executive producer, Andrew Schlessinger. Narrated by Irene Bedard. VHS format. Grades K-4. | Learn about America's history through the use of graphics and animations, live-action portrayals of historic figures and stories told from a child's point of view. Topics featured in this video include Stewards of the Earth, The Story of Pocahontas, Many Faces One Heart: Diversity of Cultures, Tecumseh and the Trail of Tears, Who are the Native Americans? Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

9. The Civil War   Publication: Burbank, CA PBS Home Video Warner Home Video 2002 . 5 videocassettes (680 min.) sd., col. with b&w sequences 1/2 in. , Closed-captioned Originally produced as a television mini series in 1990. VHS Special feature: behind-the-scenes: "The Civil War Reconstruction." MPAA rating: Not rated | 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. | Contents: tape 1, Episode one : The cause 1861 tape 2, Episode two & three : A very bloody affair forever free 1862 tape 3, Episode four : Simply murder Episode five : The universe of battle tape 4, Episode six : Valley of the shadow of death 1864 Episode seven : Most hallowed ground 1864 tape 5, Episode eight : War is all hell 1865 Episode nine : The better angels of our nature 1865 Behind the scenes : the civil war reconstruction Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

10. Death runs riot   Publication: [Alexandria, VA] [Atlanta, Ga] PBS Home Video Turner Home Entertainment 1996 . 1 videocassette (84 min.) sd., col. and B & W 1/2 in. , Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. "Ken Burns presents The West, a film by Stephen Ives"--Container Executive producer, Ken Burns; producers, Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor; writers, Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan; photography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore; editor, Richard Hankin; supervising editor, Paul Barnes; narrator, Peter Coyote; music, Matthias Gohl; consultant, Geoffrey C. Ward. Originally produced as a TV series by WETA-TV, Washington, D.C. VHS Historical TV documentary series | In the 1850's, more American pioneers moved west, bringing with them slavery and the sparks that would ignite the Civil War. Tactics that had defeated the armies of the South would then begin to be used against the Native Americans of the West. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

11. Empire upon the trails   Publication: [Alexandria, VA] [Atlanta, Ga] PBS Home Video Turner Home Entertainment 1996 . 1 videocassette (84 min.) sd., col. and B & W 1/2 in. , Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. "Ken Burns presents The West, a film by Stephen Ives"--Container Executive producer, Ken Burns; producers, Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor; writers, Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan; photography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore; editor, Richard Hankin; supervising editor, Paul Barnes; narrator, Peter Coyote; music, Matthias Gohl; consultant, Geoffrey C. Ward. Originally produced as a TV series by WETA-TV, Washington, D.C. VHS Historical TV documentary series. | In the early 1800's, no one knew who would control the seemingly infinite spaces of the West. Hopeful Americans moved onward toward Manifest Destiny, as they determined to make the West--all of it--their own. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

12. The geography of hope   Publication: [Alexandria, VA] [Atlanta, Ga] PBS Home Video Turner Home Entertainment 1996 . 1 videocassette (85 min.) sd., col. and B & W 1/2 in. , Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. "Ken Burns presents The West, a film by Stephen Ives"--Container Executive producer, Ken Burns; producers, Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor; writers, Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan; photography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore; editor, Richard Hankin; supervising editor, Paul Barnes; narrator, Peter Coyote; music, Matthias Gohl; consultant, Geoffrey C. Ward. Originally produced as a TV series by WETA-TV, Washington, D.C. VHS Historical TV documentary series. | By the 1870s the American conquest of the West was nearly complete. In one decade, with Native Americans effectively confined to reservations, some four-and-a-half million new settlers would arrive to stake their claim to the future. Pap Singleton, an ex-slave from Tennessee, became the era's "Black Moses," leading his people to the free soil of Kansas. A frail New York politician transformed himself into a rugged North Dakota rancher, and eventually, president of the United States. And as Americans tried to "tame" the West, the nation's greatest showman, Buffalo Bill Cody, instead offered adoring crowds his enthusiastic version of a "Wild West"--Heroic, glorious, romantic, and most of all, mythic. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available: