DVD & Videocassettes
located in the Curriculum Lab
970 -- 999
ANCIENT GIFT: Tellens Inc., 1982.
Scenes from everyday life show the interdependence on the Navajo people
and their flocks. Shows entire families caring for the herds and
includes glimpses of wool carding, spinning, dying, and weaving intercut
with views of the rugged southwestern landscape.
AND THE APACHE RESISTANCE: PBS Video, 1989.
Chiracachua Apaches tell their own story, a different story form the
myths we have learned about the Apaches and about Geronimo.
THAN BOWS AND ARROWS: Camera One, c1994.
Deals with the role of the American Indian in shaping various aspects of
American culture, ranging from food and housing to the democratic way of
AMERICANS SERIES: Parade Video, c1994.
A live-action re-creation of the history, crafts, and culture of Native
OF THE NORTH: Home Vision, c1976.
Summary: Reissue of a classic 1922 silent film. Presents a documentary, based on the book entitled My Eskimo Friends, Nanook of the North, by Robert Flaherty, on the saga of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs. A silent film with captions. (1 hour & 9 min.)
Schlessinger Video Productions, c1993.
An accurate portrayal of the Comanche Indians including their history,
culture and way life today. The
video challenges many still prevalent myths and stereotypes.
Examines the issue of the role of the U.S. Government, debunks
myths about Native Americans, explores their spiritual relationship with
nature and discusses the role of women in their society.
WAS OUR HOME: Films Inc., 1985.
Gives an inside look at the plight of the Mikito Indians who have been
terrorized by the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Focuses on their fight
for freedom and survival.
COURAGEOUS: MasterVision, 1973.
The Gloucesterman is a celebration of the people of this historic
Massachusetts town over a 400-year period. Not
For Ourselves Alone is a record of victory in four U.S. military
crises, a great tribute to American courage and resourcefulness.
GROWS UP: MasterVision, Inc., [198-].
America's course is traced to the status of one of the leading
industrial nations of the world. The American system of manufacturing
and foreign policy is analyzed.
THE WEST: MasterVision Library, [19--?].
After the Civil War, the United States is on its way toward maturity and
a place among the leading countries of the world with the settlement of
land beyond the Mississippi.
GREAT CRUSADES: AMERICAN HISTORY 1930-1945. MasterVision, [19-?].
The New Deal and World War II are the subject here, the two greatest
crises to confront the nation since the Civil War.
AND ROARING: MasterVision, [19??].
In two parts, World War I and The 1920's, this video describes how the United States, after
vacillating between isolationism and involvement, finally plunged into a
European conflict, which was followed by a decade of social change and
BETWEEN THE STATES: MasterVision, [198-?].
Negro Slavery discusses the beginning and development of slavery in the
United States and shows the life of the slave. It describes the gradual
division of American society over the slavery issue, and explains how
the division culminated in the Civil War. The
Civil War, A House Divided describes military operations of the
Civil War, and shows the effect of the war on both the South and the
North. The film discusses
the dilemma confronting President Lincoln.
AMERICA, VOLUME 1: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN: Ernst Interactive
Media Publications, c1993.
Interdisciplinary study of United States culture viewed through the eyes
HISTORY: LOST, STOLEN, OR STRAYED : Xenon Home Video, 1991.
Examines the manner in which American historians have tended to ignore,
downplay, or improperly document several significant achievements by
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SPIRIT OF THE DAWN: New Day Films, c1994.
Summary: Documentary that traces the history of Indian education in the U.S. and the experience of the Crow Indians in Montana. Sixth grade teacher, Mick Fedullo, used poetry as vehicle for Crow Indian students to express their cultural heritage. (29 min.)
FIELD TRIP TO YESTERDAY: Sunburst Communications, c1998.
Tour of Plimoth Plantation. (25 min.)
MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS: Janson
An animated history of the Pilgrims.
GODLY COMMUNITY: Films Inc., 1982.
Modern-day players reenact the life of 1627
Plimouth, Mass. The
village is historically accurate, and visitors can watch the
"Pilgrims" live out their daily schedules, thus gaining an
understanding of life during that period.
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HISTORY OF KING PHILIP'S WAR; AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN WAR (1675-76): Bride Media International, 2000.
Summary: King Philip's War begin in 1675 when the great Wampanoag chief, Metacom, (known by the English settlers as King Philip) attacked the settlement at Swansea, MA. The story of the bloody war that destroyed King Philip's tribe and nearly bankrupted the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies is retold through location footage at Plymouth Plantation, reenactment of war scenes, illustrations and detailed maps. (27 min.)
OF OUR MOTHERS: THE STORY OF EMELINE : PBS Video, 1989.
Presents the true story of Emeline Gurney of Fayette, Maine, on which
Judith Rossner's novel Emeline is based.
At the age of 13, Emeline was sent by her impoverished parents to
work in the mills of Lowell, Mass.
Within a year she had been seduced, given birth to an
illegitimate son, given him to strangers and returned home.
Many years later she marries a man from Massachusetts, who is
later revealed to be her illegitimate son.
Using town and church records and interviews with townspeople who
knew her, the program reveals attitudes about community, morality and
social conditions in one very small town in Maine.
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CIVIL WAR: 1861--THE CAUSE: PBS Video, 1989.
Discusses the causes of the war, Union vs. States' rights, John Brown at
Harper's Ferry, Lincoln's election in 1869 and the firing on Fort
(1 hour & 30 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1862--A VERY BLOODY AFFAIR: PBS Video, 1989.
Describes the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's
administration. Follows McClellan's ill-fated campaign on the
(1 hour & 9 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1862--FOREVER FREE: PBS Video, 1989.
Charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the
slaves free, and his wait for a Union victory before proclaiming
emancipation. Describes Lee's invasion of Maryland and the Battle of
(1 hour & 26 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1863--SIMPLY MURDER: PBS Video, 1989.
Describes the Union disaster at Fredericksburg, Lee's victory at
Chancellorsville but with the loss of Stonewall Jackson and Grant's
siege of Vicksburg.
(ca. 1 hour)
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CIVIL WAR: 1863--THE UNIVERSE OF BATTLE: PBS Video, 1989.
Describes the Battle of Gettysburg, the fall of Vicksburg, the use of
black troops, and the battles at Chickamauga and Chattanooga.
(1 hour & 35 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1864--VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH: PBS Video, 1989.
Gives a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee. Chronicles the series
of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from
Wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia.
(1 hour & 20 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1864--MOST HALLOWED GROUND: PBS Video,1989.
Describes the presidential campaign of 1864 and how Union victories at
Mobile Bay, Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to
(1 hour & 22 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1865--WAR IS ALL HELL: PBS Video, 1989.
Covers Sherman's march to the sea, war in the heart of Georgia and the
Carolinas, Lincoln's second inauguration, the fall of Petersburg and
Richmond, and Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
(1 hour & 9 min.)
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CIVIL WAR: 1865--THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: PBS Video,1989.
Covers the events from Lee's surrender, Lincoln's assassination and
funeral, the capture of John Wilkes Booth, and the consequences of the
(1 hour & 8 min.)
OF RESISTANCE: A STORY OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: PBS Video, c1990.
Recounts the story of black America's secret “railroad” to
freedom. Interviews with descendants of slaves and slaveholders describe
the personal danger and risks involved.
Classic Images, 1988.
Exclusive scenes from the re-enactments of the Battle of Sayler's
Creek and surrender ceremony at Appomattox.
BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE: Classic Images, 1988.
Summary: Lee and Jackson continued to defeat every Union general and the Rebels won their greatest battle at Chancelorsville even though outnumbered 2 to 1. But Jackson was killed during the battle, just as the crucial Gettysburg campaign was approaching. (30 min.)
BATTLE OF ANTIETAM: Classic Images, 1988.
Confederate successes at Cedar Mountain, and 2nd Manassas the summer of
1862, led up to the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American
history. Includes scenes from 125th anniversary reenactment of the
Battles of Cedar Mountain and 2nd Manassas ( August, 1987) and South
Mountain (September, 1987).
BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG: Classic Images, 1988.
Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Meade's Army of the Potomac met in
combat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863.
BATTLE OF MANASSAS: Classic Images, 1986.
Amature armies collided at Bull Run Creek on July 21, 1861, resulting in
a humiliating defeat of the Union Army. "Stonewall" Jackson
emerged as one of the South's ablest generals.
STALEMATE: Home Vision, 1987.
The War begins in earnest as military preparations and skirmishes evolve
into real battles and real blood, but Confederacy commanders fail to
exploit their initial stunning victory at First Manassas. With the
blockade of the Southern river and seaboard ports and the Union's
decisive victory at Shiloh, both sides soon realize the conflict will be
long and costly. This fascinating episode recounts the Battle of
Antietam, where more Americans died in a single day than on any field of
battle before or since, and concludes with Lincoln's first Emancipation
Proclamation, which cleverly turns the War into a fight to free the
slaves rather than a dispute over states' rights.
WAR: THE FIERY TRIAL: Atlas Video Library, 1988.
On-site photography, archival photographs, art, maps, and period
music bring to life the war's major campaigns, battles and leaders.
AT APPOMATTOX: Home Vision, 1987.
This dramatic saga does not end with General Lee's Surrender to General
Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. President Lincoln is
tragically assassinated only five days later, and the struggle for
reunification has only just begun. This final episode of the Divided
Union ponders the South's legacy of defeat and the War's continuing
impact on American life.
TO SUMTER: Home Vision, 1987.
What caused the American Civil War? Take a personal journey through
history to see that the split between North and South was not a
surprise. The U.S. had been evolving into two separate societies and
cultures ever since independence. This program clearly illustrates the
rise of the Republican Party and the emergence of Abraham Lincoln, the
moves toward secession within the South, industrialization in the North,
and the impact of the cotton gin on the economic development of the
South. It also traces the origins of slavery in North America.
TIDE OF THE CONFEDERACY: Home Vision, 1987.
The going gets tougher for everyone in 1862, even for President Lincoln.
His military commanders are squabbling, his political popularity is
waning, and the North seems unable to exploit its industrial and
numerical superiority. Meanwhile, the South learns that neither strength
nor time are on their side, and help from Europe will not materialize.
But in the summer of 1863, the pace begins to quicken. The Union's
decisive victory at Gettysburg where one-third of General Lee's
forces are destroyed--and the capture of the strategic point
of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River just one day later--mark
a crucial turning point.
Classic Images, 1987.
Exclusive scenes from the 125th anniversary re-enactment of the
Battle of Shiloh. Confederate legions under Johnston surprised Grant
near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River resulting in the Battle of
Shiloh fought on April 6-7, 1862.
Classic Images, 1989.
A chronicle of the opening rounds in General Grant's spring campaign of
WAR: Home Vision, 1987.
As the South is being worn down by means both fair and foul, the War
takes its toll not only on the battlefield but also on the day-to-day
life of both Northern and Southern civilians. Share the experiences of
soldiers and civilians through their songs, diaries, poems, paintings,
memoirs, and letters. Also examine the changing face of warfare in the
light of new technological developments, Lincoln's strategic appointment
of General Ulysses S. Grant as overall military commander, and the roles
and experiences of Blacks--enslaved and freed--during
Classic Images, 1989.
In 1863 Ulysses S. Grant, after months of unsuccessful attempts to
penetrate the Mississippi swamps, cut loose from his supply lines and
conducted a masterful campaign that resulted in the siege and surrender
of the city.
THE MONITOR & THE MERRIMAC: Atlas Video, 1988.
Tells the story of the two astonishing vessels that fought the most
memorable naval battle of the Civil War and revolutionized maritime
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HOME FRONT, 1940 TO 1941: Reader's Digest, 1989.
Examines American life during the era of World War II. In this last
summer of innocence, radio is still king and one of the big attractions
is the New York World's Fair.
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HOME FRONT, 1942 TO 1943: Reader's Digest, 1989.
Examines American life during the era of World War II. Rumors of enemy
submarines off our Atlantic coast turn out to be true. A period of
sacrifice develops as youngsters and women contribute to the war effort.
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HOME FRONT, 1944 TO 1945: Reader's Digest, 1989.
Examines American life during the era of World War II. Film accounts of
war deaths combines with home events such as the landslide reelection of
President Roosevelt, worst circus fire in history in Hartford, CT, a
newspaper strike in New York and an Army B-25 crashing into the
Empire State Building.
FABULOUS SIXTIES: MPI Home Video, [198-?].
A ten part series that reviews the major events, personalities, social
trends, business and sports achievements of the tumultuous 1960's.
includes the March on Selma; murder of Malcolm X; Riots in Watts; Frank
Sinatra/Mia Farrow romance; death of Winston Churchill. (ca. 1
MEMORIES OF 1950-1959: THE FABULOUS 50'S: Madacy Entertainment Group, c1996.
Great events of the 1950's presented in 5 videotapes.
PLANTATION: Schlessinger Media, c1998.
Reinactment of the people, daily life and culture in the original
Plimouth Plantation of 1620, the first colonial settlement in southern
WITCHES OF SALEM: THE HORROR AND THE HOPE : Learning Company of America,
A portrayal of the witchcraft trials of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.
Attempts to give an understanding of the political,
psychological, and religious background of the trials and of the
consequences of this episode on American history.
ISLAND: A&E Home Video, c1997.
Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary
adventures and historians explore the sometimes insensitive national
policies in this two videocassette set that reveals what the immigration
experience was actually like through rare photographs and film.
(2 videos--50 min. each)
Schlessinger Media, c1998.
Realistic reenactments filmed at the actual historic location show the
people and daily life of this 1607 settlement
AUGUSTINE: Schlessinger Media, c1998.
Through reenactments, viewers learn about St. Augustine, FL, the oldest
permanent European settlement in America, founded by Spanish explorers
OUTLAWS AND ANGIE DEBO : PBS Video, 1989.
A profile of historian Angie Debo.
Focuses on her research in the 1930's uncovering a statewide
conspiracy that deprived the Oklahoma Indians of their oil-rich lands
and the efforts of officials and business interests to suppress her
WEST: PBS & Time Life Video, c1996.
Summary: Ken Burn's presents 9 volume documentary—1.The People; 2.Empire Upon the Trails; 3.The Speck of the Future; 4.Death Runs Riot; 5.The Grandest Enterprise; 6.Fight No More Forever; 7.The Geography of Hope; 8.Ghost Dance; 9.One Sky Above Us. (9 videos--v.1-8 ca. 1 hour & 30 min.; v.9 1 hour)
VALLEY: NAVAJO HOMELAND: Holdiay Film, 1991.
Relates the majestic beauty of Monument Valley and the mystical bond
between the Navajo and their ancient homeland.
INCAS REMEMBERED: Monterey Home Video, c1986.
A look at the ancient Incan civilization from its beginnings to its
demise at the hands of the invading Spanish conquistadors, focusing on
its scientific and architectural achievements.
FRONTIER: Films Inc., 1980.
Describes Brazil's rain forests and discusses the region's economic
TODAY: Video Labs Inc., [199?].
Contemporary Brazil is explored through its cities, educational
facilities, industries and geographic attractions.
OF NEWCOMERS: Films Inc., 1980.
The story of Belo Horizonte, a city in Brazil.
BUT WHO IS IT FOR?: Films Inc., 1980.
Summary: Describing the life of the automobile industry worker, the video focuses on both social and economic conditions in Brazil. (20 min.)
AND SLUMS: Films Inc., 1980.
Another in a series by the BBC which focuses on the social and economic
conditions in Brazil.
AMERICA, VOLUME 1:Ernst Interactive Media Publications, c1993.
Summary: Interdisciplinary study of Ecuadorean Culture viewed through the eyes of children. (23 min.)
BLIND PROPHETS OF EASTER ISLAND: Warner Home Video, c1986.
Shows Jacques Cousteau and his Calypso crew as they search for the
causes of the decline of early civilizations on Easter Island.
(ca. 1 hour)