The 20th Century: Overviews

Eastern Europe: History and Politics
Western Europe: History and Politics
The 1950's
The 1960's (And Their Aftermath)
Peace and Conflict in the 20th Century
U.S. History

45/85: America and the World Since World War II
v. 1. From the jubilation of V-J day to the shocking Rosenberg Trial, 1945-1952 -- v. 2. From the invention of television to the first steps in space, 1953-1960 -- v. 3. From the Kennedy era to the final U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, 1961-1975 -- v. 4. From America's bicentennial celebration to the Geneva summit, 1976-1985. 213 min. Narrated by Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings. Video/C 963

America in the '40s: A Sentimental Journey
1998. 57 min. each installment

Part 1, On Borrowed Time. In this first segment the decade begins with optimism, but the attack on Pearl Harbor brings America into its second world war. Popular music and movies of the time are featured along with wartime footage, home movies, and original stories from Americans who lived through those momentous years. Video/C 5807

Part 2, War Stories. This second segment focuses on riveting battle footage as the war accelerates, while veterans recount poignant tales of frontline terror and bonds of friendship that survive today. Includes archival footage of the war, of performances by USO troops, and of war plant workers at home, plus popular songs of the era. Video/C 5808

Part 3, Coming Home. In this final segment join the crowds who celebrated the end of World War II, and watch as GIs adjust to civilian life, marriage, and babies. Then re-live America's introduction to the gadget that would change life forevermore: Television. Features archival footage and popular songs that helped define the era. Video/C 5809

The Century: America's Time. (Decades of Change.)
With Peter Jennings; produced by ABC News in association with The History Channel. c1999.

Part 1: Seeds of Change. This program examines daily life in America during the early 1900s--when a loaf of bread cost only a few cents, horse-power really meant horsepower, flying to the moon was the stuff of dreams and the average life span was only 45 years--while looking ahead to the decades of changes yet to come. 46 min. Video/C 6354

Part 2: 1914-1919: Shell Shock. The psychological damage inflicted by the bombardments of World War I was called shell shock, a term that aptly described the feelings of the World War I world. This program illustrates America's reluctant emergence as a world power and analyzes the social impact of the wholesale loss of life, of husbands and fathers and of sacred ideals such as honor, patriotism and glory that sprang from "the war to end all wars." 45 min. Video/C 6355

Part 3: 1920-1929: Boom to Bust. In the aftermath of World War I, many modern-minded Americans, particularly women, were eager to do away with outdated traditions and claim new rights and freedoms. This program investigates the culture of the roaring twenties--women's suffrage, prohibition, the exploration of the Antarctic, the Scopes trial, the establishment of the Ku Klux Klan, the new music called "Jazz", technological innovations and finally the stock market crash and the subsequent economic depression. 45 min. Video/C 6356

Part 4: 1929-1936: Stormy Weather. America--a nation that claimed ever-increasing wealth as its birthright--was rudely awakened by the Great Depression, which caused 25% unemployment, the closing of 9,000 banks, and the loss of $2.5 billion in deposits. This program captures a people's struggle as they faced the collapse of prosperity and diminished hopes of being able to experience the American Dream. 45 min. Video/C 6357

Part 5: 1936-1941: Over the Edge. Safely watching Europe from across the Atlantic Ocean, many Americans observed the messianic popularity of Hitler and Mussolini and the subsequent outbreak of World War II with dismany. This program explores the six years preceding America's involvement in the war and explores the question: Could the U.S. have resisted involvement and why did American forces fight in another European war? 45 min. Video/C 6358

Part 6: 1941-1945: Civilians at War. World War II was the first war in history that killed more civilians than soldiers, as leaders on both sides accepted noncombatant casualties as inevitable--and to some, even desirable. This program studies the courage and strength necessary to face and survive starvation, bombing, torpedoing, massacre, and extermination in camps specifically designed for that purpose. 70 min. Video/C 6359

Part 7: 1941-1945: Homefront. The shock of Pearl Harbor awoke America from its dream of isolationism. As troops went overseas and industry ramped up to supply the urgent need for war materials, a new wave of Southern blacks migrated north and west to fill the workforce--along with millions of women. This program discusses the effects of World War II on the homefront, spotlighting the war's impact as a catalyst for economic, demographic and social change. 45 min. Video/C 6360

Part 8: 1946-1952: Best Years. Demobilization after World War II meant difficult changes as the U.S., geared up for war, resumed a peacetime existence. This program describes America's new status as a superpower, as the nation shouldered the responsibility for rebuilding Europe and Japan-- and for containing Soviet ambitions. The challenge faced by veterans and spouses to become reacquainted after years of separation and hardship is highlighted. 45 min. Video/C 6361

Part 9: 1953-1960: Happy Daze. The post-war baby boom, suburban living and Elvis Presley epitomize the contentment of the Eisenhower years. But these were also years marked by the Korean War, rabid McCarthyism, violent civil rights demonstrations, and a frightening escalation in the Cold War. This program probes the tensions between these crosscurrents in American history. 45 min. Video/C 6362

Part 10: 1960-1964: Poisoned Dreams. Beset by both international and domestic pressures, America during the Camelot years was swiftly approaching a political-cultural meltdown. This program documents U.S.-Soviet conflicts of interest in Cuba and Vietnam and the growing polarization at home between civil rights activists and segregationist hard-liners, which resulted in the Birmingham riots and the freedom march on Washington, D.C. 43 min. Video/C 6363

Part 11: 1965-1970: Unpinned. Riots and protests intensified in the U.S. as the war in Vietnam dragged on, with anti-war and civil rights activists seeking violent ways to agitate for peace and equality. This program presents the unrelenting rage that divided the nation during those perilous years, as the Watts race riots, the assissinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and the Kent State killings made headline news. 45 min. Video/C 6364

Part 12: 1971-1975: Approaching the Apocalypse. The one bright spot of the 1970's was Nixon's opening of China to the West while the riots at Attica prison and Kent State University, the trauma of the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, left Americans exhausted, embittered and disillusioned. This program appraises the effects of those blights on the political landscape and their impact on the trust between the government and the governed, so vital to the well-being of a representative democracy such as the United States. 45 min. Video/C 6365

Part 13: 1976-1980: Starting Over. The women's and civil rights movements, begun decades earlier and as controversial as ever, continued to evolve during the nation's Bicentennial period. This program focuses on the changing momentum of these movements while also looking at the developing environmental movement spurred by the Love Canal disaster, the developing political power of Christians and gays, the controversies that arose over affirmative action and busing, the Iran Hostage Crisis and the development of OPEC. 45 min. Video/C 6366

Part 14: 1981-1989: New World. The Reagan era witnessed the unexpected end of the Cold War and a welcome return to a booming domestic economy--but did events unfold too quickly to control? This program takes a look at the details and aftershocks both of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and of the yuppie capitalism that threatened to push the limits of the American economy too far. 43 min. Video/C 6367

Part 15: Then and Now. This program examines key moments of the '90's including the Persian Gulf War, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Waco Branch Davidian disaster, the current status of Afro-Americans and the phenomenon of celebrities created by the media. Then the program, with the assistance of leading futurists, looks ahead to some of the possible events and innovations just over the horizon. 45 min. Video/C 6368

Century: Events that Shaped the World.
With Peter Jennings; ABC News. c1999.

Part 1: Heaven and Earth: Lindbergh's Journey. In the United States, the 1920s were characterized by a powerful tension that pitted the entrenched forces of tradition against the dynamic energy of modernity. This film seeks to understand that conflict through the story of celebrated aviator Charles Lindbergh. Belonging in spirit to a rapidly disappearing small-town America yet a strong believer in progress, Lucky Lindy captured the imagination of the country as he helped to move the world into a new era. 45 min. Video/C 6342

Part 2: Heaven and Earth: First Step. "The Eagle has landed!" With those words, a collective dream of humankind came true. This program observes the first landing on the lunar surface from the perspective of the visionary technicians, scientists, and researchers who, in control rooms and laboratories, made it possible for Neil Armstrong to take his "one small step." Their exploits paved the way for eventual landings in the 21st century--on Mars. 41 min. Video/C 6343

Part 3: Ultimate Power: Evil Rising. How did Adolf Hitler--an Austrian of little means and meager prospects--rise to absolute power in post-World War I Germany? Did the nation's economic and political situation make it inevitable? This program traces Hitler's amazing ascent from corporal in the Great War through his foray into politics, his imprisonment after the bungled Beer Hall Putsch, his bid for the presidency against Paul von Hindenburg, and his subsequent installment as Chancellor. In English and German with English subtitles. 42 min. Video/C 6344

Part 4: Ultimate Power: The Race. In a devastating instant at Hiroshima, the world was propelled into the age of nuclear armaments. This program, set against the backdrop of World War II, documents the race to invent the atomic bomb: the allied scientists who made it possible, the technological hurdles they overcame, the deep moral issues they confronted, and the responsibility they accepted knowingly or unknowingly for the fate of the free world. 42 min. Video/C 6345

Part 5: No Man's Land: The Great War. The optimism that fueled the early years of the 20th century vanished as America was drawn into "The war to end all wars." This program presents, through archival footage and first person accounts, the grim story of World War I--including the sinking of the Lusitania and the Bulshevik revolution, which led to Russia's withdrawal from the conflict--and the fruitless struggles of President Wilson, Who sought first to keep America out of the war and then, at its end, to forge a lasting and meaningful peace. 42 min. Video/C 6346

Part 6: No Man's Land: The Fall. During the Vietnam war the image of desperate people clinging to an evacuation helicopter atop the U.S. embassy, only hours before North Vietnamese troops arrived is seared into the American consciousness. This program uses the story of South Vietnam's last days as a prism through which the dark side of American foreign involvement can be seen. How did the White House and the Pentagon so completely misjudge America's ability to thwart a people's revolution in Southeast Asia? 42 min. Video/C 6347

Part 7: Memphis Dreams: Innocence and Rebellion. Elvis: Iconoclastic phenomenon, inciting hysteria in teenagers and indignation in parents. On his way to the top he combined the R&B of the Mississippi delta with rocka-billy and tapped into the turbulent forces of youth, sexuality, class, and race, transforming American culture. This program documents the astounding career of Elvis Presley, from his first hits with Sun Records to his final days at Graceland. In the words of John Lennon, "Before Elvis there was nothing." 43 min. Video/C 6348

Part 8: Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land. When Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968 Memphis--like Dallas in 1963--became a symbol of hope extinguished. This program examines the Civil Rights Movement and the last few years of Martin Luther King's life with emphasis on the sanitation workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee and the killing of America's greatest civil rights leader, its impact on Afro-Americans and the nation. 46 min. Video/C 6349

Part 9: Coming Apart: Nothing to Fear. In the early 1930's mass unemployment, widespread hunger, and a mood of fearful pessimism and simmering unrest were Herbert Hoover's legacy to American's new chief executive. This program spotlights the early days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, where he scrambled to transform the New Deal from a campaign slogan to nothing short of a social revolution--while staving off attacks by those who viewed him as a dictator and his reforms as a threatening turn to the left. 43 min. Video/C 6350

Part 10: Coming Apart: Picture This. In the late 1940's, while the Soviet Union and the U.S. eyed each other over the Iron Curtain, conservative Americans at all levels of society worried about communist infiltration--especially in the movie industry, since that medium plays a huge role in shaping public perceptions and attitudes. This program reveals a time of McCarthyism and career-ending blacklists, a time when freedom of speech itself became a casualty in the desperate fight to protect democracy from "The red menace." 43 min. Video/C 6351

Part 11: The Evolution of Revolution: Live from Tehran. During the Carter administration, Iranian students seized the American embassy in Tehran--and 53 American hostages--to begin a standoff that lasted until Ronald Reagan's inauguration 444 days later. What factors prompted that act of terrorism? This program examines the history of America's relations with Iran and the consequences of an American foreign policy shaped more by a desire to protect an oil-dependent standard of living and opposition to communist expansion than to promote democracy. 73 min. Video/C 6352

Part 12: The Evolution of Revolution: Facing the New Millennium. What can the costly yet valuable lessons of the past century suggest about the future of the United States, its partners in the Global Village, and planet Earth itself? What will be the long-term impact of the Internet and the Human Genome Project? Who will be the world's new movers and shakers? In this program, eminent visionaries share their observations on the last hundred years and offer their predictions regarding events and innovations yet to come. 14 min. Video/C 6353

CNN Millennium 2000.
Culled from television station CNN's round-the-clock, round-the-world coverage of a once-in-a-1000-years event. It started in Kiribati, the South Pacific island nation that first greeted the new Millennium and swept from the solemn shrines of Japan to the glitz of Las Vegas, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and the Eiffel Tower. St. Peter's Square and Times Squae were part of it. Around the globe, from many walks of life on the last day of 1999, people gathered to celebrate as the world turned a calendar page to a new era. 11:59 around the world and counting and you are there. Videorecording of the original CNN News special aired January 31, 1999. 120 min. Video/C 6842

Cronkite Remembers.
Three part series using archival news footage and revealing interviews, in which Walter Cronkite reminisces about his career in journalism covering major events in 20th century history. 150 min. each installment. c2002.

Vol 1: This first segment takes a look back at Walter Cronkite's boyhood years, a time when America came of age through the ordeals of World War I and the Depression, when radio, automobiles, aviation, gangsters and movies, all became fixtures in American culture. Cronkite comments on his coverage of events in WWII and the Cold War, as he rises to the top of his profession as a news anchor covering such stories as the first atomic bomb tests, the Red Scare and the Korean War. DVD 2382

Vol 2: In this second segment television plays an increasing role in domestic politics. From the 1960 presidential debates to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Cronkite is there to tell the story. Television brings Southern racial oppression and the Vietnam War home to America, helping to spark protests. As the world watches the fascinating manned flights around the planet and then Neil Armstrong's moon walk, Cronkite presents events to a global audience. DVD 2383

Vol 3: In this final segment America suffers from the excesses of its leaders as President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew are felled by scandals. As the United States tries to recover from oil shortages that plague the nation, terrorists seize hostages in Iran. Then with the '80's, a new era of optimism comes to America. DVD 2384

[David Halberstam's] The Fifties. 1997.

Volume 1: The Fear and the Dream. First segment in a six part series on the United States in the Fifties. In the postwar U.S., new affluence mingled with the fear of the new menace of communism. Film discusses the conditions encountered by WWII veterans, the building of the first housing tract, the development of the nuclear arms race and the hydrogen bomb, anti-Communist hysteria and McCarthyism, events leading to the Korean War and the development of popular literature in the 50's focusing on Mickey Spillane. 90 min. Video/C 5378

Volume 2: Selling the American Way. Still haunted by the Great Depression, Americans needed to be coaxed into enjoying their new-found affluence. This episode shows how the invention of television and the perfection of the art of advertising were used in both commerce and politics. Highlights advertising gurus Norman Vincent Peale and Rosser Reeves, shows how Richard Nixon applied slick new media techniques to save his career and how Washington learned to manipulate the media, hiding undercover operations in places like Iran, Guatemala and ultimately, Vietnam. 50 min. Video/C 5379

Volume 3: Let's Play House. This segment describes the personal unrest sometimes felt in the outwardly tranquil fifties, including dissatisfaction with women's roles as housewives and men's roles in the corporate rat race. Feminist Betty Friedan, Sloan Wilson, author of The man in the gray flannel suit, and Grace Metalious, whose steamy novel Petyon Place exposed small-town hypocrisy, are discussed as representative of the gap between the idealized nuclear family of the 1950s and the way things really were. 50 min. Video/C 5380

Volume 4: A Burning Desire. During this time of social claustrophobia and sexual taboos, a handful of individuals brought a world of suppressed desires into the open. The publication of the famed "Kinsey Report", pin-up girl Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner's Playboy, and Margaret Sanger's crusade for the pill are profiled as key movements that set the stage for the sexual revolution to come. 50 min. Video/C 5381

Volume 5: The Beat. This episode shows how the culture of the Beats and the rise of rock 'n' roll helped forge the youth culture that would explode in the sixties. Focuses on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, jazz greats Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, the rise of country/rock and Elvis Presley. 50 min. Video/C 5382

Volume 6: The Rage Within and The Road to the Sixties. "The Rage Within" shows how America in the fifties is finally forced to examine issues of racial discrimination through the murder of Emmet Till, the rise of athletes like Bill Russell and Willie Mays, school desegregation, the Montgomery bus strike, and leadership by Martin Luther King, Jr. "The Road to the Sixties" shows American involvement with fast cars, fast food, the space race, the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba and a rising restlessness as the country hurtles toward the next decade. 50 min. Video/C 5383

Focus: On the Last Hundred Years.
1982. 58-60 minutes each installment.

Focus on 1900-1909. A compilation program utilizing historic motion picture clips, posters, political cartoons, and photographs to capture the flavor of American life in the decade 1900-1909. Material is divided into sections focusing on national politics, lifestyles, entertainment and games, people, science and technology. Emphasis is on the changes in American culture due to motion pictures, electricity, and the automobile. Video/C 1000

Focus on 1910-1919. Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, life-styles and achievements of the time. Video/C 1001

Focus on the 20's. Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, life-styles, and scientific achievements of the 1920's. Video/C 1002

Focus on the 30's. Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, entertainment, life-styles, and scientific and technological advancements of the 1930s. Video/C 1003

Focus on the 40's. Draws on rare motion picture footage, photographs, and sound recordings to show faces, places, and events of the 1940s. Relives history from the final years of the Great Depression to the cold war. Video/C 1004

Focus on the 50's. Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, life-styles, and scientific achievements of the 1950's. Video/C 1005

Focus on 1960-1964, the Kennedy Years. Looks at the events of the years 1960-64, such as the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, the civil war in Vietnam, civil rights, John Glenn's space flight, etc., and tells of their significance in American history. Video/C 1006

Focus on 1965-1969, the Angry Years. Uses archival photographs, sound recordings, and film footage to explore world events, sports, life-styles, and scientific achievements of the late sixties. Video/C 1007

ITN/Reuters Stock Footage Library.

Best World News of 1999. Includes footage of important news events from 1999, such as the impeachment trial of President Clinton, the resignation of Boris Yeltsin, and the funeral of Jordan's King Hussein. Includes newsreel footage of hotspots such as Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo and Iraq, interviews with scientists involved in deciphering chromosome 22 and experts on genetically modified crops, the Colombia earthquake, the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, the solar eclipse of 1999, Internet addiction, the commuter rail crash in Paddington, England, coverage of the Air India Flight 814 hijacking, the stabbing of George Harrison and the power-sharing initiative in Northern Ireland. 57 min. Video/C 7728

Best Stock Shots #1. Includes footage of major world sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Bend and the Great Wall of China, a look at wind turbines, the Windscale nuclear power station, water pollution and oil polluted beaches, the effect of acid rain on the Salisbury Cathedral and global warming. Other features include coverage of the effects of the Chernobyl disaster including deformed children and coverage of environmental issues such as the endangered Amazon and Madagascar rain forests, the Kew Botanical gardens, rare white dolphins, endangered pink flamingoes of Kenya and other endangered animals, animal rights protests including an anti-fox hunting demonstration, aerial and ground views of Stonehenge, a walking robot, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. 36 min. Video/C 7729

Best Stock Shots #2. Presents newsreel footage of the social history of the latter part of the 20th century. Includes scenes of people at a variety of occupations and recreations, including fishing, folk dancing, and rubber tree tapping. Presents wildlife including birds, lizards and seals and animals resident on the Galapagos Islands and visits major cities including Cairo, Damascus, and Krakow. Also shows accidents on commuter trains and natural disasters such as storms, wildfires and graphic scenes of the eruption of Mount Aetna. 61 min. Video/C 7730

Great Events #1. Features a broad sampling of post-World War II events including clips from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland, the fall of the Berlin Wall, oil fires in Kuwait, the Somalia relief effort, the Ciskei massacre, the Vietnam War and the attempted soviet coup in Moscow. Concludes with footage of personalities of the times including Queen Elizabeth, Nikita Krushchev, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, along with celebrities Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger. 58 min. VideoC 7731

Great Events #2. Provides varied newsreel footage including scenes of helicopters lifting off from the U.S. Embassy after the fall of Saigon, IRA terrorists throwing hand grenades at a funeral, attempts to quell oil well fires in Kuwait, footage of the civil war in Nigeria and the Falkland Islands War, the aftermath of the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the fall of Vukovar to Serb forces, the siege of Dubrovnik, and civil war in the Republic of Georgia. 60 min. Video/C 7732

The Environment. In these newsreels pollution and reclamation both share the spotlight. Compelling footage of ecological damage includes smoking factories and power stations, automobile emissions, a slag heap, a chemical dump, barrels of radioactive waste, acid rain damage, hillside erosion, a forest fire, burning oil wells in Kuwait, black rain, oil-coated wildfowl, melting ice floes, the impact of drought and dead landscapes. Images of hope, such as paper, cans and bottles being recycled, trash being sorted, and scientists testing water samples are also included. 57 min. Video/C 7733

Great Disasters. Newsreel footage of natural and manmade disasters of the 20th century. Includes footage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster, the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse, the aftermath of Pan Am Flight 103's explosion over Lockerbie and the 1998 high-speed train crash at Eschede. Clips of natural disasters include flooding in New England, hurricanes in Florida, avalanches in France and Austria, earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan and Mexico City and volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, New Zealand, Montserrat, Guatemala and Nicaragua. 62 min. Video/C 7734

The Quirky Collection. Features the sort of outrageous stories frequently used at the end of news broadcasts. Clips include a school for Santas, a pilot who literally flies blind, the World Worm-Charming Championships, crossing the Atlantic by pedal boat, bungee-jumping at Victoria Falls, underwater hockey, the Juggling Olympics, the world series of Monopoly, world female boxing champ, a 6 yr. old golf whiz, a parachutist who survived a 200 ft. fall, a motorcycle stuntman, Vicars self-defense course, hot coals walkers, a cave house in England, and many wonderful and amazing curiousities concerning animals, birds and household pets. 63 min. Video/C 7735

March of Time.
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time magazine. 1995.

March of Time: The American Family. The war years, 1941-1945 -- The postwar years, 1946-1948. Selected news stories from The March of time, which document the concerns of U.S. families during and after World War II, such as rationing, the "baby boom, " marriage and divorce. 178 min. Video/C 1112

March of Time: The American Family. American Fashion and Leisure, 1945-1950.
Selected newsreels from The March of time which examines fashion, beauty and leisure time in the U.S. 105 min. Video/C 1113

March of Time: The American Family. America's Youth, 1940-1950. Selected news stories from The March of time which examine the effects of war on the young men and women of America, their dreams and desires, and the conditions of U.S. schools and education. 90 min. Video/C 1114

March of Time: The American Family. Show Business. Selected news stories from The March of time which present various aspects of the U.S. entertainment industry, including motion pictures, popular music, theater and nightclubs. 2 videocassettes, 165 min. Video/C 1115

March of Time: War Abroad: Depression at Home 1937
Contents: Contents: Poland and war -- Dogs for sale -- Dust Bowl -- Rockefeller millions -- Babies wanted -- The 49th state -- The spoils system -- Youth in camps -- Rehearsal for war -- Pests in 1937 -- War in China. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on the political situation in Poland, the dust bowl, the key role of Hawaii in national defense, orphans and adoption in the U.S., the Rockefeller Foundation and other issues. 71 min. Video/C 4815

March of Time: Trouble Abroad: Tensions Increase 1937
Contents: Junk and war -- England's D.O.R.A. -- Fiorello LaGuardia -- U.S. Secret Service -- Amoskeag: success story -- Crisis in Algeria -- Britain's gambling fever -- Human heart -- Alaska's salmon war -- Finland's 20th birthday -- Laugh industry -- Ships, strikes and seamen. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on the recycling of scrap metal for weapons, England's problems with prohibition and gambling, the success story of the Amoskeag cotton mills, Alaska's problems with offshore Japanese fishing fleets, techniques used by the U.S. Secret Service to fight counterfeiters, the prevention of heart disease, problems in the merchant marine and more. 17 min. Video/C 4816

March of Time: Troubles Abroad: Germany and Other Problems, 1938
Contents: Inside Nazi Germany -- One million missing -- Russians in exile -- Old Dixie's new bloom -- Brain Trust Island (Key West) -- Arms and the League -- Crime and prisons -- Nazi conquest, no.1 -- Racketeers vs. housewives -- Friend of the people (U.S. electioneering) -- England's bankrupt peers. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on Nazi Germany, the flight of White Russians to Europe and the U.S., the pine industry in Southern U.S., the work of N.Y.'s Missing Person's Bureau, the development of Key West, the rehabilitation of U.S. criminals, the League of Nations and more. 93 min. Video/C 4817

March of Time: Troubles Abroad: Spotlight on War 1938
Contents: Men of medicine -- G-men of the sea -- Man at the wheel -- Threat to Gibraltar -- Prelude to conquest -- Father Divine's deal -- U.S. fire fighters -- British dilemma. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on a proposed national health care system, the work of the U.S. Coast Guard, England's support of Gibraltar, attempts to engineer safer roads, Hitler's strategy to invade Czechoslovakia, Father Divine's Peace Mission Movement, Britain's struggle for neutrality before World War II and more. 91 min. Video/C 4818

March of Time: Troubles Abroad: Uncle Sam : The Observer 1938-1939.
Contents: Inside the Maginot Line -- The foreign service -- The refugee, 1939 -- U.S.A. -- Mexico's new crisis -- Young America. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on the building of the Maginot Line by the French, the millions of homeless refugees fleeing Nazi persecution, public opinion polls of American attitudes in 1938, the role of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, the expropriation of industries and land by Mexico, the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts and more. 91 min. 91 min. Video/C 4819

March of Time: Troubles Abroad: War, Peace and America, 1939.
Contents: North Africa, 1939 -- Tokyo, 1939 -- 1939 (Southern U.S.A.) -- War, peace and propaganda -- Metropolis. Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens directly before America's involvement in World War II. Includes films on the political situations in North Africa and Japan, the depressed economic conditions in the Southern U.S., England's presence in the 1939 World's Fair, and social conditions which police must deal with in 1939 New York City. 91 min. 91 min. Video/C 4820

March of Time: War Breaks Out: Americans Prepare. Part 1.
Contents: Uncle Sam: the farmer (1939, 18 min.) -- "The ramparts we watch" (1940, 100 min.). Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the effect of the early World War II years on American life. The first film examines the problems created for U.S. farmers during and after World War I and seeks to find constructive means to increase production for World War II needs. The second film is a propaganda piece designed to explain why the U.S. went to war in 1917 and to encourage U.S. involvement in World War II. Includes actual newsreel footage, and clips from the Nazi film Feuertafe, an account of the German invasion of Poland. 118 min. Video/C 4821

March of Time: War Breaks Out: Americans Prepare. Part 2.
Contents: Labor and defense -- Uncle Sam: the non-belligerent -- Men of the F.B.I. -- New England's eight million yankees -- Thumbs up, Texas! -- Main Street, U.S.A. Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the effect of the early World War II years on American life. Includes films on America's preparations for war, how captured German films motivated America's involvement in the conflict, how the F.B.I. combats espionage and sabotage, a view of how preparations for war effected one small town in New England, an overview of Texas in 1939 and the hoarding of foodstuffs and luxury items by Americans as consumer goods become less available. 113 min. Video/C 4822

March of Time: War Breaks Out: The Military Prepares.
Contents: Solders with wings -- Crisis in the Pacific -- U.S. Navy, 1940 -- Gateways to Panama -- Arms and the men: U.S.A. -- Crisis in the Atlantic -- Sailors with wings. Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the effect of the early World War II years on American life. Includes films on the use of airplanes for warfare, Japan's efforts to control Guam, the expansion of the U.S. Navy, the key role of the Panama Canal to America's naval defense, the transition from the production of consumer goods to weapons, machines and munitions for the war effort. 123 min. Video/C 4823

March of Time: War Breaks Out: Praying for Peace
Contents: The Vatican of Pius XII -- The Story of the Vatican. Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the early World War II years. The first film examines the efforts of Pope Pius XII to bring about world peace during World War II. The second film is a photographic journey of the splendors of the Vatican including areas where visitors have previously been excluded. 71 min. Video/C 4826

March of Time: America at War: On the Homefront
Contents: Our America at war -- When air raids strike -- Men in Washington, 1942 -- The F.B.I. front -- Bill Jack vs. Adolf Hitler -- The West Coast question -- Spotlight on Congress. Originally produced as a newsreel by Time magazine. Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on how Americans on the homefront dealt with the war. Includes films on comparisions between U.S. involvement in the lst and 2nd World Wars, on civil defense preparations, diplomates of the United Nations working to end the war, how the F.B.I. fights sabotage, a case study of a defense industry, the role of the Pacific states in war industry and the difficulties besetting Congress during the early 1940's. 114 min. Video/C 4827

March of Time: America at War: Friend and Foe. part 1
Contents: Battlefields of the Pacific -- Far East command -- The Argentine question -- India in crisis -- India at war -- The fighting French -- One day of war: Russia, 1943. Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the allied, Axis and neutral nations of the war. Includes films on the war situations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, India, France and Russia. 116 min. Video/C 4828

March of Time: America at War: Friend and Foe. part 2
Contents: The new Canada -- Inside fascist Spain -- And then Japan -- Portugal: Europe's crossroads -- Sweden's middle road -- South American front, 1944. Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the allied, Axis and neutral nations of the war. Includes films on the war situations in Canada, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil and Argentina. 87 min. Video/C 4829

March of Time: America at War: Friend and Foe. part 3
Contents: The Irish question -- Underground report -- British imperialism, 1944 -- What to do with Germany -- Inside China today -- Report of Italy -- Memo from Britain. Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the allied, Axis and neutral nations of the war. Includes films on the war situations in Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, China, Japan and Italy. 113 min. Video/C 4830

March of Time: America at War: American Defense. part 1
Contents: America's new army -- Men of the fleet -- Prelude to victory (North Africa) -- We are the Marines. Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the armed forces of the United States. Includes films on the U.S. Army and its services of Supply, Ground Forces and Air Forces, and paratropper units under the supervision of George C. Marshall, a film on advances in naval technology, an inside look at the planning behind the North African invasion and a film on the making of a Marine, from boot camp to storming the enemy beaches. 122 min. Video/C 4831

March of Time: America at War: American Defense. part 2
Contents: The Navy and the nation -- Invasion! (Preparing for D-Day) -- Airways to peace (Air Transport Command) -- Naval log of victory (Midway and Guadalcanal) -- Back door to Tokyo (Burma) -- Uncle Sam, mariner? (Merchant Marine) -- Unknown Battle (U.S. Air Force). Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the armed forces of the United States. Includes films on the work of the U.S. Navy, preparations for D-Day, the story of the Air Transport Command, the naval victories of Midway and Guadalcanal, the jungle march of J. Stilwell that reopened the Burma Road, the story of the Merchant Marine, and an account of the U.S. Air Force's assualt on the Luftwaffe in preparation for D-day. 126 min. Video/C 4832

March of Time: Battle Beyond. Part 1.
Contents: Battle fleets of England -- Newsfronts of war: 1940 (Poland, Russia) -- The Republic of Finland -- Canada at war -- Philippines: 1898-1946 -- Spoils of conquest (Indonesia). Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the the early World War II years. Includes films on Great Britain's preparations for war, Hitler's invasion of Poland and the deal struck between Hitler and Stalin, journalists on the front, and the involvement of Finland, Canada, the Philippines, Netherlands and Indonesia in World War II. 107 min. Video/C 4824

March of Time: Battle Beyond. Part 2.
Contents: On foreign newsfronts -- Britain's R.A.F. -- Mexico (Good neighbor's dilemma) -- Australia at war -- China fights back -- Peace: by Adolf Hitler -- Norway in revolt. Selected news stories from the March of Time which documents the early World War II years. Includes films on journalists in Europe and Germany's censorship of the press, Great Britain's air war with actual battle scenes, discussions between the U.S. War Dept. and Mexico on a North American defense plan, Autralia's commitment to the war effort, China's fight against the Japanese under Chiang Kai-shek, Hitler's propaganda for peace to leave him master of Europe, and Norwegians working to spearhead an Allied invasion of their Nazi-occupied homeland. 117 min. Video/C 4825

March of Time: America's Post-war Problems. Part I
Contents: Post-war jobs -- Post-war farms -- The returning veteran -- Wanted: more homes -- Problem drinkers -- Is everybody happy? -- The American cop. Compiled from segments of The march of time newsreel series originally produced by Time magazine between 1941-1948. Video/C 4790

March of Time: America's Post-war Problems. Part II
Contents: The teacher's crisis -- Your doctors -- New trains for old -- T-Men in action -- The presidential year -- Stop-heavy traffic -- The nation's mental health. Compiled from segments of The march of time newsreel series originally produced by Time magazine between 1941-1948. Video/C 4791

March of Time: America's Post-war Problems Beyond. Part I.
Contents: World food problem -- The Soviet's neighbor, Czechoslovakia -- Germany-Handle with care! -- Storm over Britain ; XIII/13 -- Turkey's 100 million -- End of an empire? (Indonesia) -- Policeman's holiday (Scotland Yard). Video/C 4792

March of Time: America's Post-war Problems Beyond. Part 2.
Contents: The new U.S. frontier (Guam and Asia) -- Palestine problem -- 18 million orphans (Philippines) -- Justice comes to Germany -- Report on Greece -- The new France. Video/C 4793

March of Time: Postwar Problems and Solutions: Modern Main Street, U.S.A.
Contents: Public relations...This means you -- The case of Mrs. Conrad (Medicine) -- White collar girls -- Watchdogs of the mail (Mail fraud) -- Farming pays off -- Mid-century: half way to where? -- Where's the fire? Compiled from segments of The march of time newsreel series originally produced by Time Magazine between 1941-1948. Video/C 4794

March of Time: Cold War, 1946-1951: Changing Attitudes 1946-1948.
Contents: Atomic power -- The Russia nobody knows -- The Cold War, Act I: France -- The Cold War, Act II: Crisis in Italy -- Cold War, Act III: Battle for Greece. Video/C 4795

March of Time: Cold War, 1946-1951: Hostility Grows 1948-1949
Contents: Battle for Germany -- America's new air power -- Answer to Stalin (France and Germany) -- Asia's new voice (India) -- Report on the atom. Video/C 4796

March of Time: Cold War, 1946-1951: Peace or War? 1949-1950
Contents: Sweden looks ahead -- MacArthur's Japan -- A chance to live (Italian war orphans) -- As Russia sees it (Instigation of Korean War)-- The gathering storm (U.S.). Video/C 4797

March of Time: Cold War, 1946-1951: Time Marches On 1950-1951
Contents: Tito: new ally (Yugoslavia) -- Strategy for victory (Mutual Defense Assistance Program) -- Flight plan for freedom (Strategic Air Command) -- Moroccan outpost -- Crisis in Iran -- Formosa: island of promise. Video/C 4798

Our Century.
A ten-part series that surveys historical events of the 20th century using Gaumont British newsreel footage. Covers major advances, trends, and tragedies, from political upheavals and passing social crazes to the role of technology, and examines their impacts on the future.

A New World: 1900-1914. This segment documents events from 1900 to 1914. At the turn of the century people were discovering and inventing everything that would give life to the new century and man achieved his oldest dream, that of flight. The beginning of the century also saw increasing dangers, with the approach of the First World War. Contents: Summer 1900: Universal Exhibition in Paris -- Changes: Architectural innovations, N.Y., 1900; philanthropy; mass media and transportation, car races and rallys -- Flight: Airplanes and zeppelins -- Invention: Radio and photography -- Social reforms: Socialism, Feminism, sports, public health --The arts: Artists, live theater, motion pictures -- Exploration: Tourism -- Royalty -- Advent of War. 52 min. DVD X1248

Beyond the Front: 1914-1918. This segment documents events from 1914 to 1918. A whole world erupts in a terrible war, which ravages Europe. In 1917 the U.S. comes to the rescue of democracy and takes part in the final victory. Deeply involved in war work, women are redefining their role in society. Contents Frivilous: Children's war games; women's war work; European fashions; dogs at war; food production and rationing -- Total war: Invention of sonar; women as soldiers -- The arts: Monuments to the dead; Picasso, cinema futurist movement -- Advances: Aviation; munitions -- Preparing: Evacuation of children and elderly; celebrity contributions to war -- To the front: War participation by colonies of England and France; U.S. prepares for war; Americans arrive in france; Pershing -- Social changes: Japan; South Pole exploration; Freud; women at work -- The Great War: Battle scenes; casualties; war memorials. 52 min. DVD X1249

The Years of Jazz: 1918-1928 This segment documents events from 1918 to 1928. After the war Europe is torn apart but the desire to live and to reject old values seizes hold of the survivors. The roaring twenties become a worldwide phenomenon as the world dances to the rhythm of jazz. Contents: Lust for life: restoration and recreation in Europe -- Roaring 20s: Prohibition, advances in agriculture -- That's entertainment: Motion picture industry, movie stars tour Europe, First meeting of the Society of Nations -- Troubles: Violence in Ireland, royalty become figureheads, poverty in Russia, boarders of middle European countries reshaped. -- Sports: Olympic games, acceptance of women into the games, women in sports -- Aviation: Airplanes, zeppelins, Charles Lindberg flight -- Mixed media: Advances in newspapers, radio and musical reviews with Josephine Baker and the Ziegfield follies, advertising in Europe, architecture and fashions in Europe, liberated women of Europe, jazz, sports cards, cruise ships and tourism -- Colonial causes: Rebellion in the colonies, expeditions to the Poles, Refugees, political unrest in Germany and France. 52 min. DVD X1250

Great Illusions: 1928-1939 This segment documents events from 1928 to 1939. The financial crisis of 1929 attacks America with force, and affects the whole world. Fascism in Italy, followed by Nazism in Germany, makes Europe and then the world tremble. Propaganda is a new weapon used by totalitarian regimes as the century's second catastrophe is about to begin. Contents: Children of war: Children of Europe, Depression, 1929 -- Leisure: Water sports, foot and bicycle races, car rallys, auto shows, Volkswagen -- Flight: Women pilots, air acrobatics, advent of commerical aviation, zeppelins, Hindenberg disaster -- War zones: Spanish Civil War, royalty --Performers: Influence of Hollywood on Europe -- Dark side: Crimes and criminals, prisons, colonialism -- Aesthetics: Country exhibitions, Paris exhibition of 1937, New York exhibiton of 1939, American labor unrest, unions, gangsters, beauty culture -- Ideology & invention: Advances in airplanes, automobiles, sports: Jesse Owens (1936 Berlin Olympics), Joe Lewis, Nazism in Germany, persecution of German Jews, Marxism in Soviet Union, advances in science and medicine. 52 min. DVD X1251

Lost Paradise: 1939-1945 This segment documents events from 1939-1945. World War II instigates 6 years of violence, massacres and devastation. In many countries everyday life is reduced to hunger, escape and survival. Footage focuses primarily on the homefront and the resiliency and creativity of the citizens of Europe, Russia and the U.S. in meeting the challenges and heartbreaks of war. Contents: Preparations for war: Nazis in France, arts and entertainment -- War begins: Bombing of Britain, European women at war work, British women pilots -- Enter America: humanitarian aid, acceptance of refugees, Americans enlist, American music and dance, rationing and recycling, labor strikes, African American soldiers -- Art and propaganda: Nazi art, music, Paris revues, Nazi propaganda in songs and motion pictures -- New order: Anti-semitism, European fashions, Europeans recycle -- Invention: Bicycles replace cars, television appears, new weapons are developed -- In ruins: London blitz, civilian deaths in Europe and England, refugees, women in war work -- Fighting back: Jewish holocaust, Americans liberate France, concentration camp survivors, invention of atomic bomb. 52 min. DVD X1252

Westwards Eastwards: 1945-1958. This segment documents events from 1945-1958. The world is divided into two blocks: the West and the East, and Europe is in ruins. People have to get used to their regained freedom, rebuild, and learn again how to live. Wartime industry has developed new techniques and technologies, which are now exploited for civilian use. The consumer society has arrived. Contents: Rebuilding: Reconstruction in Europe, war trials, Communism in Russia, European museums reopen -- Sense of fun: Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Tour de France, sports, labor strikes in Europe, dance marathons -- Progress: Berlin airlift, dams in Europe, Marshall plan, consumerism, advances in automobiles, airplane design, television, homelessness in Europe, baby boom, exploration of ocean and poles, rockets and satellites, space race begins; oil exploration -- Tensions: Klu Klux Klan, U.S. racial tensions, Paris fashions, commercial aviation, Rosenberg trial and McCarthyism. -- Fame: American movie stars visit Europe, Festival de Cannes, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth -- New order: Fidel Castro, Mao in China, Schweitzer in Africa, Budapest resistence to communism -- Mixed media: TV as news source; jazz, Marilyn Monroe visits troops in Korea -- Changes: Prison uprisings, civil rights movement, European peace movement, sports competitions, rock n' roll. 52 min. DVD X1253

Nouvelle Vague: 1958-1968. This segment documents events from 1958-1968. The whole world is singing the music of The Beatles. The free world undergoes stupendous growth even as the Vietnam War rages, and the civil rights movement and racial riots rage in the U.S. The Berlin Wall is constructed, natural disasters such as the floods in Florence plague Europe and the principles of capitalism are questioned in a "little red book," the symbol of the "Cultural Revolution." Contents: New ideas: Universal Exhibition in Brussels, automation of food production, urban architecture -- Fame: Rock music invades the East, The Beatles, assassination of John F. Kennedy, decline of Hollywood, Cannes Film Festival, 1960 & 1964 Olympic games -- World order: 1965 N.Y. City blackout, Fidel Castro, Civil rights movement, urban riots, Black Power movement, Civil Rights Bill, Vietnam War protests, war protest in Europe -- War: Vietnam War, changing Vietnamese culture -- Divisions: Riots in Algeria, Berlin Wall, trial of Eichmann, Castro, Apartheid in S.A. -- Art: 1st African Arts Festival, 1966 in Dekar, King Tut, Picasso -- Construction: Aswan Dam, oil platforms and oil spills, floods in Florence. -- Transport: Ascendancy of Japanese industry, Hovercraft, advent of Boeing 707 passenger service, Soviet and U.S. space race, Vatican Council II, Cultural revolution in China. 52 min. DVD X1254

Peace and Love: 1968-1980. The technological revolution, the development of electronics and the first oil crisis preceed an economic recession and unemployment. The Vietnam War ends, Man walks on the Moon, and discoveries in genetics challenge former laws in biology and medicine. Contents: Unrest: Vietnam war ends, Pol Pot regime (Cambodia), Soviet Union invades Afghanistan and Czechoslovakia, Solidarity in Poland, riots in Ireland, revolt in Iran -- Terrorism: Hijacking of airlines and trains, U.S. Embassy in Tehran, bombing of train stations and synagogues, Red Brigade in Italy, political/criminal trials, killiing of Israei athletes at 1972 Olympics -- New and old: skateboards and windsurfing, archaeological discoveries in China, conservation of ancient buildings, living theater in Europe -- Technology: Apollo 11, man on Moon, microprocessor becomes a chip, optical fibers and medical advances -- Youth: Woodstock, Eastern religions, feminism -- Politics: Civil rights movement, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Watergate, hippies, musical "Hair" -- Disaster: Worldwide pollution, famines in third world, People's temple suicides, Moonies, Charles Manson -- Changes: TGV train, Boeing 747, Concorde. political changes worldwide, violence in the Middle East, Pope John Paul II. 52 min. DVD X1255

Solidarnosc: 1980-1990 This segment documents events from 1980-1990. Communism collapses in Central Europe. The industrial nations are faced with unemployment and new forms of poverty. Fundamentalism spreads in the Arab nations, drugs become a source of corruption, while within a decade nearly 10 million people are stricken with AIDS and pollution threatens the planet. Contents: Disappearing borders: Fall of the Berlin Wall, Lenin's statue falls, Prague Spring, Albanians immigrate to Italy, Horowitz plays in Moscow -- Way of life: Americanization of Russia, Tiananmen Square, Reagan and Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II -- Terror: IRA, Apartheid, Mandela freed, Palestinian exiles, terrorist bombings, attempted assassinations of Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, Soviets shoot down Korean Airliner -- Sports & Aid: 1984 Olympic games, N.Y. Marathon, Paris-Dakar race, Live Aid Concert -- Economics & politics: Poverty in the U.S., Great Britain and France, worldwide unemployment, 1987 crash, Japanese industry, Yeltzin, nationalism, neo-Nazis, assassination of Indira Ghandi -- Disaster & war: CNN covers the Gulf War -- Technology & arts: Computers revolutionize games, cars, ovens, phones, medicine, architecture and meterology, computer viruses, film perservation -- Harsh reality: Pollution of oceans, fresh water and air, toxic wastes, global warming, deforestation, Chornobyl, rocket probes, Challenger disaster, child labor and prostitution, drug traffic, AIDS. 52 min. DVD X1256

Our History This final segment of the series summarizes events of the 20th century, a time of boundless progress and incredible catastrophes. 52 min. DVD X1257

The Meaning of the Millennium
Professors Natalie Davis and Martin Marty examine the millennium from historical, religious and humanistic perspectives. Includes an introduction by Hillary Rodham Clinton, remarks by President Clinton, and comments and questions from the audience. 98 min. 1999. Video/C 9766

People's Century. 1997. 56 min. each installment.

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Age of Hope, 1900. The dawn of the twentieth century was forged in hope and optimism. Here interviewees from Europe, Asia and the United States (boasting an average age of 102), recount the part they played in the century's early history. Whether fighting on the barricades of the failed Russian Revolution of 1905 or campaigning for votes for women; recalling the Paris Exposition of 1900, or President McKinley's assassination or witnessing the sinking of the Titanic, all remember the changes they lived through and the clash of forces and ideas before World War I. Video/C 5555

Killing Fields, 1914. In August 1914, the people of Europe were swept into the first of the wars that would make this century the bloodiest ever. Seventy million soldiers from more than twenty countries marched off to do their duty. In this film soldiers from all sides give a personal account of the trenches and the tactics--and the terrible nature and scale of the slaughter that shattered the old world order. In the end, four empires collapsed and nine million gave their lives. Some became pacificts while others sought retribution and many found themselves fighting another war only two decades later. Video/C 5543

Red flag, 1917. When Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in 1917, they did so in the name of a new ideology. Millions were drawn by its promise. In this film the people who were there--from members of the Red Guard to party activists to students--explain how Communism appealed to their deepest hopes and dreams. Through them, we hear how Communist leadership, under Vladimir Lenin and later, Joseph Stalin, compromised the proletarian ideal--and how hope eventually gave way to despair. Video/C 5544

Lost Peace, 1919 After the First World War a whole generation was traumatized by the horror of war and vowed that war would be a thing of the past. This film revists the popular hopes and experiences in the years following World War I--and the looming threat of a new nationalism. Despite Woodrow Wilson's promise of a "people's peace", defeated nations were resentful and unreconciled. As fascism and militarism spread, worldwide pacifist movements fought an increasingly unsuccessful rearguard action to preserve the dream of peace. Video/C 5547

On the Line, 1924. When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later, Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. Video/C 5546

Great Escape, 1927. By the mid-1920s, millions worldwide were already confirmed "moviegoers". Movies reflected and affected the way people dressed, thought and spoke, teaching the inexperienced about love and courage, while the governments around the globe were quick to realize the power of film: this new mass entertainment would also prove an unrivaled tool of mass persuasion. Here moviegoers reminisce, revealing how the new medium persuaded, influenced and entralled them, as it offered a welcome refuge from the century's pressures. Video/C 5549

Breadline, 1929. The 1920s found Americans enjoying the fruits of a new prosperity in a post-war boom. Then, in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed; banks failed and industry withered. From Europe and the United States to Latin America and Asia, the Great Depression shattered economies and communities worldwide. In this film the people who were there remember the blow as workers from the United States, Chile, Britain, Belgium and Scandinavia recall the hungry 1930s. Video/C 5550

Sporting Fever, 1930. In the early 1900's, competitive sports were still not far removed from recreation--more for the player than the spectator. This film follows boxing, baseball, soccer, and more, as sports transition from a modest pastime to a fiercely competitive--and commercial-- business to a potent expression of national pride and politics. Throughout, sports fans the world over remember the drama, the thrill, the exhilaration--and the patriotism--their favorite athletes and sports teams aroused. Includes a look at the role of American sportswriters, and live radio and television broadcasting of sporting events. Video/C 5545

Total War, 1939. The Second World War was the first modern conflict in which millions more civilians died than soldiers. In this film, eyewitnesses from Britain, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan and the United States tell the story of the civilians who suffered and died. Residents of Plymouth, Tokyo, and Hamburg remember the air raids; Russian peasants recall the siege of Leningrad; Japanese soldiers and Korean slave-laborers describe the brutality of war in Asia. Video/C 5551

Brave New World, 1945. Just over fifty years ago, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe and rejoiced at the defeat of Nazi Germany but their optimism was short lived. This film tracks the building tensions between these two superpowers, from the post-war world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as the hope for peace swiftly disintegrated into a "cold" war. Here eyewitnesses recall the meeting on the Elbe, the impact of Stalin, Churchill and Khrushchev, propaganda wars between the two nations, the Berlin blockade, the Hungarian uprising and the installation of the Berlin Wall. Video/C 5552

Fallout, 1945. Tells of the impact of nuclear energy upon the world starting with the first use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and covering nuclear testing, the "arms race", protest movements against nuclear armaments and nuclear power and the nuclear power plant accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Video/C 6432

Boomtime, 1948. After World War II, the USA enjoyed unparalleled prosperity while Europe and much of the rest of the world suffered from devastation, lack of food and other necessities, and unemployment. The American Marshall Plan assisted Europe greatly in its recovery from the war and helped Europeans learn the 'American way' of doing things. Europeans began changing their economy by themselves and became consumers as well as producers. This prosperity lasted until 1973, when the certainty of cheap oil and a world dominated by the West was over. It was the beginning of the end of the greatest boom of the century. Video/C 6444

Asia Rising, 1951. Japan began the slow painful process of reconstruction after World War II, while Korea, after the Korean War, was one of the poorest countries in the world. This program documents how Japan and Korea managed to rise above the strife of war to develop into world economic powers, setting the global pace for competition in the late 20th century. Video/C 6433

Living Longer, 1954. With the advent and widespread use of penicillin during the Second World War and a greater understanding of microbiology, astonishing advances in Western medicine and public health followed as age-old diseases were systematically tackled in the United States and around the world. Millions hoped that new medical technologies would offer them better health--and longer lives. Video/C 6434

Endangered Planet, 1959. Throughout the 20th century the natural world has been assaulted as never before by advancing technology. This film chronicles the rise of the environmental movement which began in the late 1950's when it was first uncovered that unbridled industrial and economic growth can have a devastating impact on the quality of life on earth. Video/C 6435

Skin Deep, 1960. Skin deep examines the fight against legal, institutionalized racism in the United States and South Africa. In 1948, South Africa became unique among nations by writing segregation into the law of the land. The architects of apartheid took comfort in the fact that racial segregation was also found in the world's greatest democracy--the United States. Video/C 6436

Picture Power, 1963. This film examines the development of the power of television to sway public opinion and unite the world. Includes televised coverage of the 1939 World's Fair, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, man's first steps on the moon, the Munich Olympics, direct satellite broadcasting and the revolution in Eastern Europe in 1989. All became, through television, the shared experiences of humankind thanks to the immediacy of the small screen. Video/C 6437

Great Leap, 1965. Profiles the history of China from the revolution in 1949, through the Mao years, to the various reform and protest movements in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. Topics covered include Mao's 1949 takeover, the advent of collective farms, the "Great Leap Forward", the Red Guards and the Cultural Revolution. With the death of Mao came a re-emergent China's new focus on stability and increasing prosperity. Video/C 6438

Young Blood, 1968. By 1960 almost half the U.S. population was under eighteen years of age. By 1968, the conservative '50s had been overtaken by full-blown social and political revolt. In Europe, students rioted and demonstrated for greater intellectual freedom--and against the rigid values of the parents' generation. This film revisits the Civil Rights Movement, the beginnings of Students for a Democratic Society, the experience of the Vietnam War, student protests in 1968 Paris, anti-war movements, the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the Weather Underground, the advent of rock and roll, hippies, counter-culture, yippies and anti-nuclear campaigns. Video/C 6439

Half the People, 1970. Inspired by the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, women began to challenge discrimination on the basis of gender. The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 to support full equality for women in America. In the boardroom and other bastions of male power, women pressed their demands with growing success. This film examines the history of the women's rights movements in the United States, Iran, Mexico, Denmark, China and Africa. Video/C 6440

Guerrilla Wars, 1973. Examines how highly motivated guerrillas have organized revolts that eventually defeated large well-equipped governments. Using interviews and archival footage this film examines the Cuban revolution, America's futile struggle in Vietnam and the Soviet Union's equally unsuccessful attempts to control Afghanistan. Video/C 6441

God Fights Back, 1979. By mid-century, modern technology and Western thought had swept religion to the margins of public life. Since then millions have turned back to God--and taken political action based on their religious beliefs. In Iran, a resurgence in Islamic fundamentalism led to a revolt against the Shah and to the return of the long exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. In the U.S., religious fundamentalism was also on the march, the Christian faithful eager to restore a "nation under God." Video/C 6442

Fast Forward, 1999. As communication and business cross national boundaries as never before, global politics are increasingly driven by global economics, and the power of free markets and new technologies are transforming people's lives the world over. Who will be the winners in the New World Order? Will the popular advances of this most turbulent century be swept away in the next? Can the world's new democracies and "people power" survive? Video/C 6443

The Sensational 70's.
1979. 60 minutes each installment.

The Best and the Worst of 1970. The seventies-- the best and the worst of 1970. In the news: International Student Exchange Program; Broadway musical theatre; Equal Rights Amendment (ERA); World's fair in Osaka, Japan; Quintuplets; Nixon okays bombing of Cambodia; Kent state massacre; No smoking campaign; Israeli children killed by Arab guerrillas; Political terrorism in Canada; First American postal workers strike; Penn Central Railroad goes bankrupt; Boeing's 747 jet makes industry history. Names in the news: Muhammad Ali, Anwar Sadat, Pierre Trudeau, Bernadette Devlin, Aleksander Solzhenitzyn. Video/C 6766

The Best and the Worst of 1971. In the news: White House wedding; Wage-price freeze; DNA; Steroids; Organized crime; Riots at Attica prison; Revolutionary Unisex fashions; The Pentagon papers; Vietnam soldier charged with murder; Apollo missions 14 and 15; Airline safety; Bangladesh is born. Names in the news: Louis Armstrong, Nikita Khrushchev, Lt. Calley, F. Lee Bailey, D.B. Cooper. Video/C 6767

The Best and the Worst of 1972. In the news: Arab terrorism at Munich Olympics; Nixon in China and Russia; George Wallace shot; Problems for the McGovern campaign; Watergate; Rock & Roll revival; New black cinema; SALT talks; The Health and fitness craze is born; Bobby Fischer wins world chess title; The Arms race reaches $85 billion per year; The Vietnam war winds down; Violence in Northern Ireland. Names in the news: J. Edgar Hoover, Harry Truman, Mark Spitz, Olga Korbut, Rick Nelson, Melvin Van Peebles, J. Paul Getty, Betty Friedan, Angela Davis, Howard Hughes. Video/C 6768

The Best and the Worst of 1973. In the News: The second battle of wounded knee; Gas crisis; Secretariat wins the triple crown; A royal wedding; U.S. withdraws troops from Vietnam; Disastrous earthquake in Nicaraguan capital; Coup D'etat in Chile; Common market of europe expands; Lyndon B. Johnson and Picasso die; Watergate grand jury proceedings; Vice-president Spiro Agnew resigns; Israel turns twenty-five; Yom Kippur War; Hollywood cinema takes new turn; Teen idols take rock world by storm; Hang gliding the newest craze. Names in the news: Reggie Jackson, Jane Fonda, Salvador Allende. Video/C 6769

The Best and the Worst of 1974. In the news: Anti-busing demonstrations in Boston; A rise in "Middle class blacks"; Nixon resigns; Ford pardon; Ford offers amnesty for draft dodgers; Arab oil states economic boom; U.S. truckers strike; Marijuana laws eased after protests; gay rights demonstrations in New York; India has the bomb, Arctic pipeline, awareness of sexual discrimination; Arafat speaks before the U.N. Names in the news: Hank Aaron, Chris Evert, Fidel Castro, Yasir Arafat, Mikhail Baryshnikov; Charles Lindbergh, Duke Ellington. Video/C 6770

The Best and the Worst of 1975. In the news: Saigon falls; Mayaguez incident; Apollo-soyuz link-up; Jimmy Hoffa disappears; Patty Hearst is arrested; Two president Ford assassination attempts thwarted; Chaplin knighted; Primal scream therapy makes psychological history; New York city goes bankrupt; Reverend Ike's gospel of wealth; Niagara Falls faces problem with thrill-seekers; United Nations equates Zionism with racism; Margaret Thatcher rises to power in England; President Ford suffers image problems. Names in the news: Chevy Chase, "Squeaky" Fromme, Chiang Kai-shek, King Faisal, Aristotle Onassis, Franco. Video/C 6771

The Best and the Worst of 1976. In the news: Jimmy Carter elected president; Israeli rescue raid on Entebbe; two Viking spacecrafts land on Mars; post-Mao party purge; Professional sports make big money; Japanese man skis mount Everest; Women allowed into military academies; Johannesburg; Chairman Mao and Howard Hughes die; Immunology looked to for cancer cure; Legionnaires' disease a mystery killer; America's bi-centennial, the biggest Fourth of July ever. Names in the news: Telly Savalas, Idi Amin, Andrew Young, Bruce Jenner, Nadia Comaneci, Johnny Cash. Video/C 6772

The Best and the Worst of 1977. In the news: The Concorde; U.S. Basketball Team plays in Cuba; Indira Gandhi loses, Bert Lance resigns, Sadat and Begin begin talks between Egypt and Israel; Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 25 yr. reign; President Carter's inauguration; NYC blackout; "Son of Sam" murderer arrested; Homosexual Rights Law repealed; Gary Gilmore executed; solar energy; violent movies; first lady of Canada leaves her husband. People in the news: Ted Turner, Anita Bryant, Hanns-Martin Schleyer; Elvis, Groucho, and Chaplin die. Video/C 6773

The Best and the Worst of 1978. In the news: Vietnamese Boat People risk lives for freedom; U.S. Supreme court okays Neo-Nazi march; Camp David Accords; Vatican elects two popes; "Jesus freaks" and cult religions scare parents; Jonestown massacre; Proposition 13 cuts California taxes; Atlantic City approves gambling; Bakke case; Panama Canal turned over. Names in the news: Leon Spinks, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Edgar Bergen. Video/C 6774

The Best and the Worst of 1979. In the news: Chinese deputy premier Teng visits Washington, D.C.; Ted Kennedy enters presidential race; Andrew Young resigns; Idi Amin overthrown; Sandinistas oust Somoza; Shah flees, Khomeini returns; Civil war in Afghanistan leads to Soviet invasion; Margaret Thatcher elected British prime minister; Year of the child; American hostages taken in Iran; Three-Mile Island disaster; California fears the San Andreas fault; Cocaine problem grows; Pigeon wars in New York city. Names in the news: Pope John Paul II, Robert De Niro, Lou Brock, Thurman Munson, Lord Mountbatten, Airey Neave. Video/C 6775


1937: Vintage newsreels capture the Revolution in Spain, the crash of the Hindenburg, the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the fall of Shanghai plus feature stories on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, Joe Louis and more.
Audio section (Music): Swing School with Benny Goodman and his orchestra - featuring Martha Tilton, Gene Kropa, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton (original broadcast Nov. 11, 1937).
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of a tribute to George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster, a speech by Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black regarding his membership in the Ku Klux Klan, a speech by Roosevelt warning of a coming world war.
Audio section (Entertainment): The Lux Radio Theatre presents "Captain Blood" (Feb. 22, 1937) starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Donald Crisp. 219 min. DVD 1108

1938: Video section focuses on the year 1938. Vintage newsreel footage captures stories on the Munich crisis and Germany's annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia, the Spanish Civil War, the budding German/Italian coalition, plus feature stories on Howard Hughes, "Wrong-way" Corrigan, the Maginot line, and more.
Audio section (Music): Artie Shaw and his orchestra (November 25, 1938) (16 selections).
Audio section (News): News of Europe, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin "never to go to war ... again, Hitler moves on Czechoslovakia, Winston Churchill "We must arm," BBC radio broadcast to the U.S.
Audio section (Entertainment): The Mercury Theater presents "The 39 Steps" (dress rehearsal), starring Orson Welles, Agnes Moorhead.
Bonus video track: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter - includes awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - The Munich crisis. 191 min. DVD 1109

1939: Video section focuses on the year 1939. Vintage Newsreel footage captures stories on the German Blitzkreig of Poland, the New York World's Fair, the premiere of Gone with the wind, plus feature stories on Sonia Henie, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland, and the public farewell to "Iron Man" Lou Gehrig, and more.
Bonus video section: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - Cinema's golden year.
Audio section (Music): Popular music: Songs made popular by the film "The Wizard of Oz" (5 songs), Louis Prima and his orchestra (8), Paul Whiteman and his orchestra (10).
Audio section (News): News of Europe, Neville Chamberlain "This country is at war with Germany," news broadcast from Wash. D.C., Winston Churchill "First month of the war.
Audio section (Entertainment): The Lux Radio Theater presents "It happened one night," starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, etc., with host Cecil B. DeMille. 256 min. DVD 1110

1940: Video section focuses on the year 1940. Vintage newsreel footage captures stories on the war in Europe including the Battle of Britain and the fall of Norway and Finland, the U.S. presidential campaign between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie, the first peace-time military draft, women's golf champ Babe Didrikson (Zaharias) and more.
Audio section (Music): Selections by the Count Basie orchestra (8 songs) and the Tommy Dorsey orchestra (9).
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of speeches by Winston Churchill (5/19/40), H. V. Kaltenborn (5/19/40), Winston Churchill (6/18/40), William L. Shirer/William C. Kerker (6/22/40), News bulletin (8/4/40), Winston Churchill (8/20/40), King George VI on England's war effort (9/23/40), Edward R. Murrow (9/24/40), H.G. Wells meets Orson Welles (10/28/40), President Roosevelt (10/29/40).
Audio section (Entertainment): "My client Curley," starring Everett Sloan, Kingsley Colton, and Jeanette Nolan.
Bonus video track: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - Winston Churchill. 216 min. DVD 1111

1941: Video section focuses on the year 1941. Newsreel footage captures stories on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill's address before the U.S. Congress, fighting on the Russian Front, plus feature stories on Sara Delano Roosevelt, the Duke of Windsor, the 1941 World Series, and more.
Audio section (Music): Selections by Harry James and his Music Makers (11 songs), Glenn Miller and his orchestra (14).
Audio section (News): Winston Churchill "Give us the tools..., Winston Churchill "Hitler attacked and invaded Russia," Charles Lindbergh "This is not our fight," President Roosevelt "a date which will live in infamy.".
Audio section (Entertainment): The Lux Radio Theater presents "Buck Privates," starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
Bonus video track: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - Mount Rushmore.

1942: Video section focuses on the year 1942. Newsreel footage captures key events from World War II including the Allies push in North Africa, the Japanese occupation of Alaska, war developments in India and Egypt, the internment of Japanese-American civilians, Churchill's address to the U.S. Congress, plus key features on Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, Mickey Mouse and more.
Audio section (Music): Songs made popular by the film "Holiday inn" (4 songs); Songs made popular by the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (5); 1942 songs for victory (9).
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of the invasion of North Africa by the Allies, Winston Churchill's "The end of the beginning," datelines from around the globe (2), Gabriel Heater remembers Pearl Harbor one year later, and more.
Audio section (Entertainment): "Cromer", by Norman Corwin, starring Joseph Julian, Frank Lovejoy.
Bonus video section: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - The Japanese internment. 178 min. DVD 1113

1943: Video section focuses on the year 1943. Newsreel footage captures stories on the major war campaigns in Tunisia, Guadalcanal, the Aleutian Islands, the Allied invasion of Italy and the Doolittle B-25 "Thirty seconds over Tokyo" raids plus key features on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Germany's "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel, Winston Churchill, the Dionne quintuplets, Clark Gable and more.
Audio section (Music): Music from Glenn Miller Army Air Force orchestra (5 songs), the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (5).
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of Datelines from around the world (3), "Japan's admiral in the Pacific, " Hitler's elite SS Corp.," feature commentary "Hitler's birthday.".
Audio section (Entertainment): "Transatlantic Call", Midwest: Breadbasket and Arsenal, featuring Wendell Wilkie, Carl Sandburg, George Cushing, Lambert Kaiman, Lawson Deming.
Bonus video section: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - Tuskegee Airmen. 174 min. DVD 1114

1944: Video section focuses on the year 1944. Vintage newsreels capture the events of D-Day, the liberation of Paris and Rome, B-29's bombing Japan, MacArthur's return to the Philippines, the G-I bill, President Roosevelt's 4th election, and more.
Bonus video track: Film trailers from some of the biggest movies of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - The disappearance of Glenn Miller.
Audio section (Music): Songs made popular from the film "Going my way," with Bing Crosby (3 songs), Glenn Miller orchestra (5) plus other popular songs of the year 1944.
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts of Roosevelt's fireside chat on the libration of Rome, first planes leaving England on D-Day, Eisenhower's speech to the D-Day landing forces, Operation Market Garden, Thomas Dewey's election eve speech, Winston Churchill's "The fruits of 1944" and "America's Thanksgiving."
Audio section (Entertainment): "The long name none could spell," narrated by Martin Gabel. 193 min. DVD 1115

1945: Video section focuses on the year 1945. Newsreel footage captures stories on the formation of the United Nations, the invasion of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, Mussolini's execution, Hitler's suicide, the discovery of Nazi concentration camps, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the big three conference in Crimea, Japanese kamikaze attacks, and more.
Bonus video section: Film trailers for some of the year's biggest movies. Sp ecial features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - The death of Adolf Hitler.
Audio section (Music): Presents twelve popular songs of 1945.
Audio section (News): Radio broadcasts, Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima flag raising, Allies crossing the Rhine, Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, News of Hitler's death, V-E announcement and celebration in Times Square, Winston Churchill's "Call for unconditional surrender" and "This is your victory," Truman signing the UN charter, news report of A-Bomb dropping on Hiroshima, Truman announcing A-Bomb dropping on Hiroshima, Japan considering surrender terms, Japanese surrender. Audio section (Entertainment): "On a note of triumph", written, produced, and directed by Norman Corwin. 222 min. DVD 1116

1948: Video chapter focuses on the year 1948. Vintage newsreels capture the upset victory of Harry Truman over Thomas Dewey in the U.S. presidential race, the Communist take-over of Czechoslovakia, statehood for Israel, the Berlin Blockade, plus feature stories on Tojo, Tokyo Rose, General Douglas MacArthur, the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and Babe Ruth and more.
Audio chapter (Music): The Charlie Spivak Orchestra (9 songs), The Kraft Music Hall (September 30, 1948) with Al Jolson and Oscar Levant with special guest star Judy Garland (18 songs).
Audio section (News): Low turnout for Truman's speech in Iowa, The Soviets interfere with the Berlin Airlift and other news events of 1948.
Audio section (Entertainment): Lux Radio Theater presents "Notorious" (January 26, 1948) starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten and Joseph Kearns.
Special features: Interactive chapter, facts & photos, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - Gandhi. 222 min. DVD 1117

1951: Video chapter focuses on the year 1951, capturing the war in Korea, the Rosenberg spy conviction, A-bomb tests in the desert, civil defense drills in the cities, General MacArthur's dismissal, the West Point scandal, Joe DiMaggio's farewell to baseball, the Kefauver crime commission, the Giants victory over the Dodgers and more.
Bonus video chapter: Film trailers from some of the top films of the year. Special features: Interactive chapter, facts & photos, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item: Estes Kefauver.
Audio chapter (Music): Selections from Duke Ellington and his orchestra (13 songs).
Audio chapter (News): Edward R. Murrow presents Korean War news, Truman fires MacArthur news bulletin, Gen. Douglas MacArthur's speech "Old soldiers never die..., " Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants "The shot heard round the world," and more.
Audio chapter (Entertainment): Windows on the world, produced by Norman Corwin featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 201 min. DVD 1118

1952: Video chapter focuses on the year 1952, capturing the death of Britain's King George VI, the marriage of Elizabeth Taylor, Britain's first A-bomb test, the Olympic Games, the Korean War, the death of Evita Peron, Ike's landslide victory, the abdication of Egypt's King Farouk, Batista's coup in Cuba, Prince Husseun at 16 crowned King of Jordan, Albert Schweitzer winning the Nobel Peace prize and more. Bonus video chapter: The Eisenhower story and the Stevenson Story.
Audio chapter (Music): Selections by Ray Anthony and his orchestra (17); Rosemary Clooney (6), and Mario Lanza (6).
Audio chapter (News): Edward R. Murrow: 1952 election news - VP Richard Nixon "Checkers speech" - Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson campaign speech -- News bulletin Ike's acceptance speech.
Audio chapter (Entertainment): The Hardy family "Andy's new job" starring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Fay Holden. 180 min. DVD 2002

1959: Video section focuses on the year 1959. Newsreel footage captures stories on the Cold War featuring Eisenhower, VP Nixon and Soviet premier Krushchev, Field Castro and John Foster Dulles, plus stories on the Berlin crisis, Pope John XXIII, Queen Elizabeth II and more.
Bonus video track: "Design for Dreaming" a short film presenting 1959 autos and fashions. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany and a special focus item - February 3, 1959 ... the day the music died.
Audio section (Music): Popular music of 1959 with songs by Ritchie Valens and others.
Audio section (News): First astronauts are chosen, Pioneer IV is launched, Buddy Holly, Ritichie Valens and the Big Bopper die in an aircrash, Congress votes statehood for Hawaii, the "Kitchen debate" between Nixon and Krushchev.
Audio section (Entertainment): Suspense presents "Moonlight Sail" (December 27, 1959) starring Frank Thomas, Jr. and Louis Van Rooten. 171 min. DVD 1119

1961: Video chapter focuses on the year 1961 capturing the Kennedy presidency, the Berlin Wall, the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, Hemingway's suicide, Gary Cooper's death, Cosmonaut Yuri Garin, Astronaut Alan Shepard, Patrice Lumumba's murder, Nazi official Adolf Eichmann sentenced to death for war crimes, the Twist and more. Bonus video chapter: Kennedy outlines the global Peace Corps program.
Audio chapter (Music): Ten top popular music selections of 1961.
Audio chapter (News): President Eisenhower's farewell speech, John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps, The Bay of Pigs invasion denounced by the United Nations, FCC quoted as saying "Television is just a vast wasteland," Alan Shepard's flight, Gus Grissom loses his space capsule, the birth of the Berlin Wall.
Audio chapter (Entertainment): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Carlton Hobbs and Norman Shelley. 150 min. DVD 2003

1962: Video chapter focuses on the year 1962. Newsreels capture the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Second Vatican Council, John Glenn's trip around the globe, the Telstar satellite, the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, and William Faulkner, Adolf Eichmann's execution, Wilt Chamberlain's basketball record, James Meredith and the University of Mississippi and more.
Bonus video chapter: Happy birthday Mr. President. Special features: Interactive chapter, awards, lists, data, miscellany, and a special focus item--Adolf Eichmann.
Audio chapter (Music): Presents 10 top popular songs for 1962.
Audio chapter (News): John Glenn speaks to the world, Adolf Eichmann hanged, Telstar satellite, the death of Marilyn Monroe, Pres. Kennedy speaks on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Adlai Stevenson's speech at the U.N. regarding Cuba, Cuban Missile Crisis as it unfolded (Oct. 21-Nov.3, 20 min.), Richard Nixon concession speech, author John Steinbeck wins Nobel prize.
Audio chapter (Entertainment): Suspense presents "2464" starring Lawson Zerbe and Bob Dryden. 195 min. DVD 1120

The Twentieth Century: A Moving Visual History.

Disc 1: Side 1A. The 1900s : the seeds of progress -- The 1910s : the modern age begins -- The 1920s : a decade of contradictions -- Side 1B. The 1920s : a decade of contradictions -- The 1930s : the great depression -- The 1940s : war, recovery and rebirth.

Brings the 20th century back to life through narration, rare photographs and stunning footage. Disc 1 covers events from 1900-1950. The 1900s : the seeds of progress: The turn of the century ignites enormous changes, not only for the calendar, but also for society. Milestones include: the industrial revolution and the rise of urban living; massive immigration to the U.S.; the rise of black culture and institutions; the assassination of President McKinley; and the emergence of the U.S. as a global power. The 1910s : the modern age begins: As technology moves forward and international struggles flare, warfare rises to a new, more murderous level. Milestones include: giant leaps in transportation, telecommunications, oil and steel industries; revolutions in Mexico, Ireland, Russia and Germany; the first World War; women's suffrage movements; and the emergence of nickelodeons and jazz music. The 1920s : a decade of contradictions: "The Roaring Twenties," as they are known, see a major polarization of people around the world --people who embrace change, and those who fear it. Milestones include: prohibition leads to bootlegging and organized crime; African-American culture accelerates and membership in the KKK reaches an all-time high; Stalin and Mussolini gain power as America turns its back on international affairs; American cities boom while agriculture lags; and big spending and overproduction lead to the stock market crash. The 1930s : the great depression: The stock market crash of 1929 ushers in a severe economic crisis in the United States and contributes to the rise of international tension. Milestones include: U.S. unemployment tops 15 million; drought devastates the Great Plains; FDR implements his "New Deal"; Americans turn to baseball, radio and movies for entertainment and escapism; and Stalin begins to "purge" his enemies while Japan and Germany flex their military muscles. The 1940s : war, recovery and rebirth: With Americans still struggling through a severe economic depression, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor leads the United States into the second global conflict of the century. Milestones include: World War II, the Holocaust and the atomic bomb; women enter the work force in large numbers; Israel declares its independence; the Baby Boom begins; and entertainment shifts to Big Bands, the jitterbug and crooners including Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. DVD X3170

Disc 2: Side 2A. The 1950s : promoting the American dream --; The 1960s : a global revolution -- Side 2B. The 1970s : power plays -- The 1980s : a decade of decadence -- The 1990s : America's hard drive.

The 1950s : promoting the American dream: The U.S. solidifies its position as a world leader, while on the home front; the "traditional family" takes center stage. Milestones include: the arms race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch hunts"; the birth of the Civil Rights movement; the rising influence of television; and Rock 'n Roll and the conservative/religious reaction. The 1960s : a global revolution: Innocence is lost as America struggles on many levels, not only politically and militarily, but also socially. Milestones include: tensions reach the boiling point between the U.S. and Cuba; the assassinations of four political leaders; the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrations and the Civil Rights movement; the Space Race; and the hippie culture and the British Invasion. The 1970s : power plays: As the Vietnam War comes to an end, the Middle East becomes a powder keg and the Nixon Administration collapses. Milestones include: the fall of Saigon; the Watergate Scandal; Americans taken hostage in Iran; home life changes dramatically with easier access to microwaves, fast food and VCRs; and the Disco Revolution. The 1980s : a decade of decadence: Despite a series of ecological and technical disasters, the booming American economy spawns the catchphrase "greed is good." Milestones include: the Challenger and Exxon Valdez disasters; the shootings of President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and John Lennon; improved relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; the S&L Scandal and the Iran-Contra Affair; and an exploding market for cell phones, PCs and crack cocaine. The 1990s : America's hard drive: The world becomes "smaller" in an age of instant access, but some find themselves in an age of information overload. Milestones include: the Persian Gulf War fought with computerized weapons; personal computers, beepers, cell phones and fax machines become commonplace; former communist nations make the difficult change to capitalism; shocking rise of violence and terrorism in the U.S.; athletes led by Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire become role models in American culture. DVD X3170

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. (c1996)

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 1, Human Interests. A film on the popular culture of the 1950s beginning with footage of children followed by films of animals. Includes newsreels of beauty contests of children and women and concludes with novelties and popular entertainments like the circus, yo-yo games, water fights, car and boat shows, underwater boxing, and more. Contents: Kids of the fifties (13 min.) -- Animals of the fifties (16 min.) -- Ladies of the fifties (8 min.) -- Fun of the fifties (20 min.). 57 min. Video/C 7687

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 2, Disasters. Presents disasters of the 1950's including the power of hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, floods, earthquakes, avalanches, shipwrecks and landslides. Also includes newreel footage of airplane crashes, train wrecks and fire and gas explosions. Contents: Plane crashes of the fifties (13 min.) -- Train wrecks of the fifties (4 min.) -- Nature's fury in the fifties (22 min.) -- Shipwrecks in the fifties (5 min.) -- Fire in the fifties (8 min.) -- Landslides and explosions in the fifties (6 min.). 58 min. Video/C 7688

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 3, Inventions. Starts with new items in underwater trucks and moves on to motorcycles, bicycles, moving sidewalks, elevators, robots and future cars. Includes new aviation and speed achievements in sky rockets, the B-47 and B-52 bombers, a car plane, helicopters and supersonic jets and the newest in speed boats, jet cars and boats and new kinds of weapons including tanks, rifles, jets, guided missiles and atomic submarines. Contents: Gadgets of the fifties (21 min.) -- Aviation news in the fifties (18 min.) -- Speed in the fifties (9 min.) -- Weapons of the fifties (9 min.). 57 min. Video/C 7689

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 4, Fashion. Presents the world of international and domestic fashions in the 1950's in newsreels highlighting dresses, shoes, hats, swim wear, furs, lingerie, and sports wear. The latest in hair styles and the hottest clothing from Paris, Italy, England, France and the United States are revealed here to assist the ladies in keeping up with the seasonal style changes in fashions. Contents: International fashion scene (28 min.) -- United States fashion scene (29 min.). 57 min. Video/C 7690

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 5, Royalty. Newsreels of royalty starting with the British Monarchs King George, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and The Queen Mother, including newsreel excerpts of the impressive coronation ceremony of young Queen Elizabeth. Next viewed are Prince Rainier and his wife, former film star Grace Kelly and their children. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands travels the world and addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Concludes with King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece visiting New York, followed by brief looks at the royal life of Japan, Spain, Denmark and Austria. Contents: British royalty (38 min.) -- Monaco's royalty (13 min.) -- Dutch royalty (7 min.) -- Greek royalty (3 min.) -- Japanese royalty (3 min.) -- European royalty (3 min.). 61 min. Video/C 7691

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 6, Faces. Begins with newsreels of movie stars of the fifties in public appearances, traveling, at awards ceremonies and making public service announcements, four of them for U.S. savings bonds. Key world statesmen in newsreels are presented followed by major sports legends of the times and other famous faces including the mobster Frank Costello, Pope Pius XII, and a rare early view of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. / Contents: Stars of the fifties (36 min.) -- Leaders in the news (13 min.) -- Legends in the news (5 min.) -- People in the news (7 min.). 59 min. Video/C 7692

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 7, Sports. Presents games and entertainments of the 50s starting with logging competitions, sand surfing, water and snow sports, stock car racing, rodeo, bull fighting, weight lifting, ping-pong, woman wrestlers, bike racing, kayaking, and other fun and games. These popular sports are followed by the golf scene with Ben Hogan, horse racing with Native Dancer, boxing with Sugar Ray Robinson, Wimbledon tennis with Althena Gibson, baseball's 18th all-star game, Don Larsen's perfect game, the N.Y. Yankees winning the world series, Army-Navy football, the running of the bulls and more. 57 min. Video/C 7693

The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century.
1988. 42 Videodiscs.

Collection of original film and videotape footage documenting the social, political and cultural history of the 20th century from the CEL (Corporation for Entertainment and Learning) Archive. Contains primary source material recorded by film and television news cameras. Accompanying Index contains both an alphabetical index and a daily index organized by day of the year. Reference set contains background material on historical units organized numerically by unit. [Printed indexes and shot listings in MRC reference collection] Supplemental material (in binder) contains 1985 annual update.
For some details on content, consult UCB Gladis catalog [type in "f ti video encyclopedia of the 20th century"]
Video Disc 6: 1-42

Witness to History: Days That Shook the World
A documentary series covering milestones of the 20th century including political turmoil, the horrors of war, medical, scientific and technological advances and social upheaval that made this century. 30 min. each installment.

1900-1909. Introduction -- February 8, 1900 - Kodak Introduces the "Brownie" Camera -- June 20, 1900 - The Boxer Rebellion -- January 22,1901 - The Death of Queen Victoria -- September 6, 1901 - President McKinley Shot By Assassin -- December 21, 1901 - First Transatlantic Wireless Message -- May 31, 1902 - The Boer War Ends -- June 16, 1903 - Ford Motor Company Founded -- December 17, 1903 - The Wright Brothers Fly -- February 8, 1905 - First Movie Theater Opens in America -- September 26, 1905 - E=mc2 -- April 18, 1906 - 8.3 Earthquake Flattens San Francisco -- Epilogue. Video/C 8788

1910-1919: Introduction -- May 6, 1910 - Death of King Edward VII -- October 10, 1911 - The Wuchang Revolt -- December 14, 1911 - Discovery of the South Pole -- April 14, 1912 - Iceberg Sinks the Titanic -- October 10,1913 - Panama Canal Completed -- June 28, 1914 - Archduke Ferdinand Assassinated WWI Begins -- January 25, 1915 - First Transcontinental Telephone Call -- April 24,1915 - The Armenian Genocide -- July 1,1916 - The Battle of the Somme -- March 16, 1917 - Czar Nicholas II Abdicates-Russian Revolution Begins -- April 6, 1917 - The U.S. Enters World War I -- November 11, 1918 - World War I Ends -- Epilogue. Video/C 8789

1920-1929: Introduction -- January 16, 1920 - Alcohol Banned in the U.S. -- August 26, 1920 - Women Win the Right to Vote in the U.S. -- November 2,1920 - The Birth of Radio -- December 7, 1921 - Irish Free State Established-- October 30, 1922 - Mussolini & Fascists Take Over Italy -- September 1, 1923 - Earthquake Kills Over 300,000 in Japan -- January 21,1924 -Vladimir Lenin Dies -- January 27,1926 - First Liquid Fuel Rocket Launch -- May 20,1927 - Lindbergh Flies Solo Across the Atlantic -- October 6,1927 - The First "Talking" Movie -- September 15,1928 -Penicillin Discovered -- October 24,1929 -"Black Thursday" The Stock Market Crashes -- Epilogue. Video/C 8790

1930-1939: Introduction -- May 1,1931 - The Empire State Building Opens -- March 1,1932 - Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped -- May 21,1932 - Amelia Earhart Flies Solo Across the Atlantic -- November 8,1932 - The "New Deal" Begins FDR Elected President -- January 30,1933 - Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany -- December 5,1933 - Prohibition Ends -- August 8,1936 - Jesse Owens Dominates-The Berlin Olympics -- December 11,1936 - King Edward VIII Abdicates For Love -- May 6,1937 - The Hindenberg Disaster -- March 28,1939 - Franco Wins The Spanish Civil War -- August 27,1939 - First Jet Airplane Flight -- September 1,1939 - Hitler Invades Poland World War II Begins -- Epilogue. Video/C 8791

1940-1949: Introduction -- June 4, 1940 - Dunkirk Evacuation 340,000 Allied Troops Escape Capture -- December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Attacked America Enters WWII -- June 6, 1942 - Battle of Midway-Turning Point in the Pacific -- October 3, 1942 - V-2 Rocket Breaks Sound Barrier -- June 6, 1944 - D-Day -- January 27, 1945 - Discovery of the Holocaust -- April 12, 1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt Dies in Office -- May 7, 1945 - Germany Surrenders -- June 26, 1945 - United Nations Founded -- August 6, 1945 - Atom Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima -- January 30, 1948 - Gandhi Assassinated -- May 14, 1948 - State of Israel Founded -- October 1, 1949 - Mao Proclaims the People's Republic of China -- Epilogue. Video/C 8792

1950-1959: Introduction -- June 25, 1950 - The Korean War Begins-- November 1, 1952 - U.S. Explodes the First Hydrogen Bomb -- March 5, 1953 - Death of Joseph Stalin -- March 26, 1953 - Salk Polio Vaccine Successfully Tested -- June 2, 1953 - The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II -- February 25, 1954 - The End of Joseph McCarthy's Reign of Terror -- May 8, 1954 - Dien Bien Phu Falls to the Communists -- October 31, 1956 - The Suez (Sinai) War -- November 4, 1956 - Soviets Crush Hungarian Revolution -- October 4, 1957 - Sputnik - The Space Age Begins -- January 1, 1959 - Castro "Liberates" Cuba -- September 15, 1959 - Kruschev Visits the United States -- Epilogue. Video/C 8793

1960-1969: Introduction -- April 12, 1961 - The First Man in Space -- August 13, 1961 - The Berlin Wall -- August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe Dies -- October 22, 1962 -The Cuban Missile Crisis -- November 22, 1963 -John F. Kennedy Assassinated -- February 7, 1964 -"Beatlemania" -- June 5, 1967 - The Six Day War -- January 31, 1968 -The Tet Offensive - North Vietnam Stuns the U.S. -- April 4, 1968 -Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated -- June 5, 1968 -Robert Kennedy Assassinated -- August 21, 1968 -Soviets Invade Czechoslovakia -- July 20, 1969 -"One Small Step" America Lands on the Moon -- Epilogue. Video/C 8794

1970-1979: Introduction -- February 22, 1972 -Nixon Visits China-- September 5, 1972 -Munich Olympics Massacre 11 Israeli Athletes Killed -- October 6, 1973 - The Yom Kippur War -- August 8, 1974 -Watergate: Nixon Forced to Resign -- August 17, 1975 -Khmer Rouge Siege Power in Cambodia -- April 30, 1975 -The Fall of Saigon -- August 16, 1977 -Elvis Presley Dies -- July 25, 1978 -First Test-Tube Baby is Born -- November 18, 1978 -The Jonestown Massacre-Over 900 Die in Mass Suicide -- March 26, 1979 -The Camp David Peace Accords -- March 29, 1979 -Three Mile Island -- November 4, 1979 -Iran Seizes 52 American Hostages-- Epilogue. Video/C 8795

1980-1989: Introduction -- January 20, 1981 -Iran Frees 52 American Hostages -- March 30, 1981 -President Reagan Shot -- July 29, 1981 - Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer Marry -- October 6, 1981 - Anwar El-Sadat Killed By Assassins -- April 2, 1982 - The Falklands War -- June 13, 1983 -Pioneer 10 Leaves The Solar System -- September 1, 1983 -USSR Shoots Down a Korean Airlines 747 -- April 24, 1984 - AIDS Identified by Scientists -- January 28, 1986 -The Challenger Disaster -- April 26, 1986 -The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster -- December 21, 1988 -The Lockerbie Disaster-Terrorists Blow up a 747 Over Scotland -- June 4, 1989 - The Tiananmen Square Disaster -- November 10, 1989 -The Fall of The Berlin Wall -- Epilogue. Video/C 8796

1990-1999: Introduction -- February 11, 1990 - Nelson Mandela Released From Prison -- January 17, 1991 - Start of the Gulf War -- August 19, 1991 - Soviet Coup Falls-The Collapse of Communism -- February 7, 1992 - Treaty of Maastricht-European Union Created -- April 29, 1992 - The Los Angeles Riots -- June 16, 1992 - The U.S. and Russia Agree to Reduce Nuclear Weapons -- September 13, 1993 -Israel and the PLO Reach an Accord for Peace -- January 12, 1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman Murdered -- April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City Bombing-Terrorism Hits the Heartland -- November 4, 1995 - Yitzhak Rabin Assassinated -- February 23, 1997 - Dolly the Sheep is Cloned -- August 31, 1997 - Princess Diana Killed in Paris Crash -- December 19, 1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton Impeached -- Epilogue. Video/C 8797

The World at War.
52 min. each installment.

A New Germany, 1933-1939. A documentary on the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party during the German economic crisis. Concludes with the threatened invasion of Poland by the new Germany. Video/C 1602

Distant War, September 1939-May 1940. A documentary on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the entrance of England into the war. Also focuses on Winston Churchill's rise as prime minister. Video/C 1603

France Falls, May-June 1940 Describes the German occupation of Paris and the fall of France. Also looks at the British retreat to the Channel coast, as Hitler gets ready for the invasion of Britain. Video/C 1604

Alone, May 1940-May 1941. England prepares for war with Germany. The Germans begin air attacks over British cities including London, and the British gain a reprieve as Hitler's offensive turns to Russia. Video/C 1605

Barbarossa, June-December 1941. A documentary on the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. Footage on Russian defeats, and of the final defeat of the Germans outside Moscow. Background on Hitler's decision to put Operation Barbarossa in motion. Video/C 1606

Banzai! : Japan 1931-1942. In this program, Japan, seeking unrestricted access to raw materials she needs for expansion, tires of negotiations and strikes at Pearl Harbor, inflicting a severe blow to American naval power. In a few months, Japan demonstrates how ill-prepared the Allies are, sweeping forward to capture Hong Kong, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines. Video/C 1607

On Our Way: U.S.A. 1939-1942. Documentary footage, photographs and reminiscences of individuals involved shows the election of FDR on an anti-war campaign, events which drew the United States into conflict, preparation at home for full-scale war, and American forces surrender in the Philippines, December, 1941-August 1942. Video/C 1608

The Desert: North Africa, 1940-1943. Describes the war in North Africa, which was fought and refought over the same 600 miles of desert between Alexandria in Egypt and Benghazin in Libya. Video/C 1609

Stalingrad, June 1942-February 1943. A documentary on the defeat of the German army at Stalingrad--the first German defeat in the field. Also shows other German defeats in Russia. Video/C 1610

Wolf pack: U-boats in the Atlantic, 1939-1944. German submarines called U-boats nearly wiped out Allied shipping in the Atlantic bringing deadly havoc by attacking in groups. The Battle of the Atlantic ended with the virtual extermination of German submarines. Video/C 1611

Red Star: The Soviet Union, 1941-1943. Russia's spirit of fight was incredible to her adversaries. With twenty million military and civilian casualities, she stood firm. One German officer tells of repulsing a Soviet attack in 35-degree-below zero weather: "The Soviet soldiers remained motionless about two hours lying in the snow, and in the evening they again attacked with the same spirit." Incredibly the Russians not only survived but went on to rout the Germans. Video/C1612

Whirlwind: Bombing Germany, September 1939-April 1944. This program looks at the Allied bombing offensive in Germany, which left German cities in ruin at the end of the war, crippling it in its role as a major industrial power. Also looks at how the bombing affected both industry and civilians. Video/C 1613

Tough Old Gut: Italy, November 1942-June 1944. This program looks at the Anglo-American advance into Italy, which eventually led to the conquest of the Axis forces between November 1942 and June 1944. Video/C 1614

It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma, 1942-1944. Dramatic documentary footage review the difficulties of the Burma campaign, in which Allied troops suffered disastrous early defeats in jungle warfare at the hands of the Japanese. Includes interview with Lord Mountbatten, whose arrival to take over the British Southeast Asia Command in October 1943 marked the turning point of the war in that area. Video/C 1615

Home Fires: Britain, 1940-1944 Looks at the civilian war in Britain and the intensive German bombing of London and the provincial cities during 1940-44. Video/C 1616

Inside the Reich: Germany, 1940-1944. This program looks at civilian life in Germany from 1940, when the Germans thought the end of the war was close at hand, until 1944, when the Germans endured Allied bombing, defeats on the battlefield and Allied demands for unconditional surrender. Video/C 1617

Morning: June-August 1944. This program looks at the events surrounding D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the Allies, under the command of Dwight Eisenhower, began their advance on Normandy. Video/C 1618

Occupation: Holland, 1940-1944. Documentary which focuses on the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Video/C 1619

Pincers: August 1944-March 1945. This program looks at Operation Anvil, when the Allies invaded the South of France and the Russians invaded from the east to drive the German army back across German borders and beyond. Video/C 1620

Genocide, 1941-1945. A documentary beginning in 1933 when Heinrich Himmler was already Reichsfuhrer of the SS and starting his plan of recreating an Aryan Germany which lead to the formation of the death camps and the ordering of massive extermination of Jews and other 'enemies of the state.' Video/C 1621

Nemesis: Germany, February-May 1945. Looks at the period from February-May 1945, when Russia had captured Berlin and Germany's defeat was imminent. The end of the Third Reich was announced at Hitler's bunker headquarters where he ended his own life. Video/C 1622

Japan: 1941-1945. This program looks at Japanese civilians who experienced the war a s a complete surprise. Looks at how successful the media was in persuading the public to support the war. Video/C 1623

Pacific: February 1942-July 1945. This program examines the American island hopping strategy that captured islands one at a time across the Pacific, winning back the Philippines and bringing a striking force to Japan's doorstep at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Video/C 1624

The Bomb: February-September 1945. On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the "Enola Gay" named after the mother of the pilot Paul Tibbetts, droppd the world's first uranium bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Video/C 1625

Reckoning: 1945--And After. This program looks at the occupation of Germany after World War II by the United States, Russia, Britain and France according to the arrangements made at Yalta. Also examines the beginnings and causes of the power struggle that ensues between the United States and Russia. Video/C 1626

Remember. This program looks at the personal experiences and reminiscences of soldiers and civilians who lived through World War II. Video/C 1627

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