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Inventing America: Visual Media Resources

DATABASE: Films on Demand

State-of-the-art streaming video platform produced by the Films Media Group (FMG).  Streaming video content, ranging from clips to complete documentary films, may be incorporated into content management systems, online lesson plans, distance learning courseware, or electronic library card catalog systems. 

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DATABASE: American History in Video

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. 

SELECTED VIDEO: African-American Lives 2: A Way Out of No Way

Continuing to trace guests’ lineages back through the late 1800s to the Civil War and earlier, this program features stories like that of Chris Rock’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, a black Civil War veteran who was twice elected to the South Carolina State Legislature; and Don Cheadle’s ancestors, who had been enslaved by Chickasaw Indians and brought to Oklahoma on the tail end of the Trail of Tears—the mass relocation of Native Americans from the South during the 1830s.

SLECTED VIDEO: Found Voices: The Slave Narratives

How did it feel to be bought and sold like cattle, only to be liberated with nowhere to go and no one to turn to for help? In this profoundly moving program, Ted Koppel of ABC News presents the African-American slave experience in the voices of those who knew it firsthand. Thanks to tapes—now digitally remastered—from a project undertaken during the 1930s and 40s by John Henry Falke and others, 101-year-old Fountain Hughes, who was born in 1848, and other ex-slaves give their recollections of life before Emancipation and during Reconstruction.

SLECTED VIDEO: Rebellion to Revolution

Rebellion to Revolution covers the events of the beginning phase of the war. Paul Revere’s famed midnight ride and early strategies used against the British are examined in this episode of The Revolution.

SELECTED VIDEO: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born four years and seventy-one miles apart into a world ruled entirely by men. But by the time their lives were over, they would've changed for the better the lives of the majority of American citizens.

SELECTED VIDEO: Freedom's Road: Slavery & The Opposition

For 250 years, America was a haven of human bondage. The issue split the country in two and the argument about slavery's future would only be settled by blood.

Secrets of Jamestown

Every previous British attempt to found a colony has ended in death and disaster. The colonists ran into trouble almost immediately. Native tribes launched a flurry of attacks. And low-lying Jamestown Island proves to be a breeding ground for disease. And so what you have by August is just people dying pretty much every day. You have malnutrition, dysentery, typhoid. The list is really appalling.

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