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Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1850-1877: Visual Media Resources

The topics covered: Breakdown of the political party system, election of Lincoln, outbreak of the war, union and confederacy, military problems, nations at war, reconstruction conflicts, triumph of radicalism, compromise of 1876.

Video Resource Database

American History in Video provides the largest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles.  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.   Good indexing.

Video Resource Database

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. 

NOTE: A User Account must be set up to create and share customized playlists, save favorite videos for quick access, and set default preferences. 

SAMPLE 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.

SAMPLE 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.

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