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A Chaos of Experimentation
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. New Deal legislation. Agencies created in response to crises. Changes to programs resulting from criticism of New Deal. The effect of policies on various groups, including women and minorities.
A Long Way From Home - The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation
A chronicle of the struggles and triumphs of the African-American and Latino players who followed Jackie Robinson into white professional baseball. Playing their minor-league ball in small, remote towns where racial segregation remained a fact of life well into the…
A Nation at War
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
American mobilizes for World War II. Strategies employed on both the Pacific and European fronts. U. S. becomes arsenal of allies; residual effects of economic boom. War, the American people and their culture: minorities, women, and labor. Internment of Japanese…
A Nation Torn
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Diversifying foreign policy. Confrontations with the Soviet Union. The agony of Viet Nam. The traumas of 1968: the Tet offensive, King and Kennedy assassinations, political turmoil.
A New Corporate Order
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
1864 pivotal year in determining outcome of war. Decisive battles at Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Chattanooga. Ulysses S. Grant named Commander of Western Theater for Union after victory at Vicksburg. Material superiority of North begins to make a difference.
A Precarious Experiment
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Peace Treaty (1783) with Great Britain negotiated by Richard Oswald, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin. Uncertainties facing young country. Effects of war on new nation's people, politics, and economy. Difficulty of functioning as "nation" under Articles of Confederation. Partial resolution…
Battle Cry
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
South needs support of England and France to win war; North needs to maintain status quo. North needs to win militarily; South needs to avoid defeat. Most of American West removed from fighting. Lee appointed commander of Army of Virginia;…
Best Laid Plans...
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Republican desire to minimize national government and encourage small town/ agrarian lifestyles overtaken during Jefferson's presidency by economic vitality and growth of cities, beginnings of industrialization, the Louisiana Purchase, expansion to the west. Jefferson's embargo in response to Napoleonic Wars…
Between the Wars
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
American policies of neutrality, isolationism, and internationalism in decades after World War I. Depression and the world order. Rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe and Asia; their expansionist ambitions. American response to war in Europe. Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
Carved In Silence - Inside Angel Island Immigration Station
Carved in Silence tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay during the little known Chinese Exclusion era. The film examines the genesis of racially discriminatory…
Children of Internment - German, Japanese & Italian Internment During WWII
Uncovering the forgotten stories of German, Japanese, and Italian Americans who were forced into internment camps in America during World War II. It wasn't just Japanese Americans who were interned during this wartime -- nearly 11,000 German Americans perceived as…
Chinese Couplets - A Family's Journey Though Chinese Exclusion
Part memoir, part history, part investigation, Chinese Couplets spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America's Chinese Exclusion Acts on journalist filmmaker Felicia Lowe's family. Lowe offers a…
Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Immigration has been a key to American history. Contrasting experiences of different groups. The challenges of indentured servitude; their contributions. Family groups in New England; roles within the family unit. The emergence of a slave society in North America. Upsurge…
Crisis of Authority
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Nixon, Kissinger, and the escalation of the Vietnam War. Multi-polar approach to maintaining stable relationships among major powers. Nixon Doctrine and Third World countries. Domestic policies: dismantling the Great Society, changes in the Supreme Court, troubled economy, problems with OPEC.…
Decade of Discord
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Sectional tensions over slavery subside with the Compromise of 1850; resurface as western states seek territorial and then state status. Railroad expansion plans ignite bloodshed in Kansas and Missouri. Parties sectionalized; Whigs disappear, Republicans emerge. Lincoln-Douglas debates foreshadow future Harper's…
Determined to be Heard
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Patterns of social and cultural protests in the 1960s and 1970s: the New Left, countercultures. The mobilization of minorities: Native American fight for civil rights, Latino activism, gay liberation. The new feminism. Environmentalist efforts.
Dickinson - The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson
Recognized as one of the best American poets in history, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) made great strides while living in an age of predominantly male poets. This film traces Dickinson's life in 19th Century New England and her remarkable work during…
Divergent Paths
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Contrast between large scale agricultural operations in South vs. small family farms and commercial operations in North. Emergence of cities; absence of rigid class differences of Europe. Distinctly American form of communities: the plantation society of the South, the tightly…
Fallout
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Election of 1948. Fair Deal revised. The Korean War. The crusade against subversion: Alger Hiss, the Rosenberg Case, McCarthyism.
Final Stages
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
1863 pivotal year in determining outcome of war. Decisive battles at Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Chattanooga. Ulysses S. Grant named Commander of Western Theater for Union after victory at Vicksburg. Material superiority of North begins to make a difference. South devastated…