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1492: A Portrait in Music
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Call Number: VCR 2002-36
Description: Life in Spain in 1492, with accounts of Columbus's life by his son.
Keywords: Spain; Christopher Columbus

Age of Gold
Series Title: Buried Mirror
Call Number: VCR 2005-98
Description: Program 3: Contrasts the wealth the New World brought Spain with the austere life of its most powerful ruler, Philip I.
Keywords: Latin America: History and Civilization

Alcatraz is not an Island
Series Title: 2001
Call Number: DVD 2013-269
Description: American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay beginning in 1969. Narrated by Benjamin Bratt.
Keywords: Civil Rights

Ancient China
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.7
Description: Traces Chinese history and explores the roots of Chinese culture.
Keywords: China

Ancient Greece
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.2
Description: Discusses the Greek civilization and its impact on the contemporary world.
Keywords: Greece

Ancient India
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.4
Description: Traces the antecedents of modern Indian culture; discusses the birth of the Hindu religion, and the historical events that shaped Indian civilization.
Keywords: India; Religion

Ancient Rome
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.1
Description: Scholars discuss the unification of Europe under the Romans, Roman culture, institutions, and family structure.
Keywords: Roman Empire

Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet
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Call Number: DVD 2008-111
Description: Life of Gendun Choepel, a Tibetan monk who left the monastery to become a fierce critic of the religious conservatism, cultural isolationism, and reactionary government of Tibet.
Keywords: Religion; Politics

Athens and Ancient Greece
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.2
Description: Computer graphics, archival film, and classic art come together to recreate the daily lives and customs of ancient Greeks.
Keywords: Ancient Greece

Aztecs
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.3
Description: Explores the history of Aztec culture, including the Aztec religion and their agricultural advances.
Keywords: Aztecs; Religion; Agriculture

Battles for New Orleans and the Mississippi River; Shenandoah Valley?
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-142
Description: Volume 2; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War
Keywords: Civil War

Black Death
Series Title: Ancient Mysteries
Call Number: VCR 2004-135
Description: Tells about the bubonic plague that killed half the population of Europe in the 14th century.
Keywords: Black Death; Plagues

China: A Century of Revolution
Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2011-228
Description: A history of China from 1911 to the present.
Keywords: Poltics and Government; Television Programs; Historical

Chinese Silk
Series Title: Quintessential Chinese Culture
Call Number: DVD 2009-91
Description: Chronologically describes the development of the Northern Grassland Silk Road, the Southwest Silk Road, and the Silk Road by the Sea to illustrate the silk production, the legendary stories, and the appreciation of precious silks from each dynasty.
Keywords: Silk Roads

Civil War
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Call Number: DVD 2009-32
Description: The U.S. Civil War from the abolitionist movement to the death of President Lincoln through diaries and photographs. The soundtrack is of war-era tunes played on period instruments.
Keywords: Ken Burns; Abraham Lincoln; Television Mini-Series

Classical Age
Series Title: Classical Civilizations
Call Number: VCR 2004-182
Description: The accomplishments of the Greek classical age from 500 B.C. to the death of Alexander in 323 B.C
Keywords: Greece: History and Civilization

Cleopatra: The First Woman of Power
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.6
Description: Uses ancient Egyptian records to look beyond the legends and create an accurate portrait of the beloved and visionary ruler.
Keywords: Ancient Egypt: Cleopatra

Conflict of the Gods
Series Title: Buried Mirror
Call Number: VCR 2005-101
Description: Program 2: Carlos Fuentes retraces the world of the ancient Aztecs through their pyramids, sculptures, and other relics.
Keywords: Latin America: History and Civilization

Conquering America
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 96-72
Description: Experiences of Asian Immigrants.
Keywords: Immigration

Cyberoma [Cyber Rome]
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Call Number: VCR 2001-45
Description: Virtual Reality and 3-D graphics bring ancient Rome to life.
Keywords: Rome; Virtual Reality

David Halbestam's "The Fifties"
Series Title: David Halbestam's "The Fifties"
Call Number: VCR 2004-154
Description: Based on the book by David Halberstam; 6 volumes.
Keywords: United States History: 1950s

Destruction of the C.S.S. Alabama, Cedar Creek, Franklin...Appomattox
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-147
Description: Volume 7; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War.
Keywords: Civil War

Drive for Power
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-222
Description: Explains the significance of industrialization and political revolutions in the progress of man.
Keywords: Human History: Industrialization, Revolutions

Episode Eight: War is All Hell, 1865
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-213
Description: Part 8: Sherman's March to the Sea and the surrender of Lee to Grant.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Five: The Universe of Battle, 1863
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-210
Description: Part 5: the Battle of Gettysburg, the fall of Vicksburg, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Four: Simply Murder, 1863
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-209
Description: Part 4: Northern opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation and Lee's plans to invade the North.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Nine: The Better Angels of Our Nature, 1865
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-214
Description: Part 9: the end of the war, the assassination of Lincoln, and the consequences of the war for the US.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode One: The Cause, 1861
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-206
Description: Part 1: the causes of the war and the battle of Manassas.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Seven: Most Hallowed Ground, 1864
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-212
Description: Part 7: the presidential campaigns of 1864 and Union victories at Mobile, Atlanta, Shenandoah Valley.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Six: Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1864
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-211
Description: Part 6: biographies of Grant and Lee and chronicles their battles against each other.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Three: Forever Free, 1862
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-208
Description: Part 3: the dramatic events that led to Lincoln?s decision to set the slaves free.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Episode Two: A Very Bloody Affair, 1862
Series Title: Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-207
Description: Part 2: the birth of modern warfare, Grant's exploits, and the Battle of Shiloh.
Keywords: United States History: The Civil War

Espejo Enterrado: Reflexiones Sobre España y el Neuvo Mundo = The Buried M
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Call Number: DVD 2008-93
Description: Presents the origin of modern Latin America from the arrival of the Spanish conquerors to the present.
Keywords: Hispanic Culture; Carlos Fuentes

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years
Series Title: Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years
Call Number: VCR 2001-311
Description: 7-part series on the Civil Rights movement.
Keywords: African-American Civil Rights Movement

Fall of the Aztec and Maya Empires
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.4
Description: Reenactments, on-location cinematography, and computer animation and reconstruction help to show the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs and the Maya.
Keywords: Aztec and Maya Empires

First American Dream: The Journey of Lewis and Clark
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Call Number: DVD 2006-128
Description: Lewis and Clark's journey to the Pacific Ocean and back, told through readings from their journals and dramatizations.
Keywords: United States History

Fog of War
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Call Number: DVD 2006-149
Description: Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara discusses some of the most important events in modern U.S. history.
Keywords: Robert S. McNamara

Ft. Sumter, First Manassas, Ft. Donelson, Ironclads, and the Navies?
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-141
Description: Volume 1; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War
Keywords: Civil War

Generation upon Generation
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-226
Description: Examines the complex code of human genetics.
Keywords: Human History: Human Genetics

Gladiators: Blood Sport of the Colosseum
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.5
Description: A look into the violent, deadly world of the gladiators; filmed in Rome.
Keywords: Ancient Rome: Gladiators

Great Depression
Series Title: Great Depression
Call Number: VCR 2000-57
Description: 7-part series
Keywords: United States: Great Depression

Greek Beginning
Series Title: Classical Civilizations
Call Number: VCR 2004-181
Description: Introduction to Greece and its history from 1300 BC to 323 BC.
Keywords: Greece: History and Civilization

Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
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Call Number: VCR 2001-49
Description: Ancient Greece's Golden Age, Socrates and Pericles, etc.; Oversize.
Keywords: Greece: History

Hannibal: the Terror of Rome
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Call Number: VCR 2001-43
Description: Carthage's struggles with Rome and the Second Punic War.
Keywords: Roman History; Hannibal

Harvest of the Seasons
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-216
Description: The Bakhtiari tribe's lifestyle exemplifies how Nomads lived during the Neolithic Age.
Keywords: Human History: Nomadic Lifestyle

Heroes and Men
Series Title: Classical Civilizations
Call Number: VCR 2004-183
Description: Examines the world of the Greek gods and heroes, depicted by classical poetry and drama
Keywords: Greece: History and Civilization

Hidden Structure
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-218
Description: Traces chemistry from its beginnings in Oriental metallurgy to modern atomic theory.
Keywords: Human History: Chemistry

Homecoming: Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2008-13
Description: Explores the history of African American farm land owners in the U.S. from Reconstruction to present day.
Keywords: Agriculture; Southern States; Charlene Gilbert

Japan Past and Present
Series Title: Japan Past and Present
Call Number: DVD 2004-17
Description: Explores Japan's history and civilization; four discs.
Keywords: Japan: History

Knowledge or Certainty
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-225
Description: Considers the moral dilemma which confronts today?s scientists.
Keywords: Human History: Science and Ethics

Korea: War, Prosperity, Democracy
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 95-18
Description: History and culture of Korea.
Keywords: World Politics; Korea

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2003-24
Description: Scenes of various world environments, set to the music of Philip Glass.
Keywords: Technology & Civilization

Ladder of Creation
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-223
Description: Explores the controversy surrounding the theory of evolution.
Keywords: Human History: Evolution

Land of the Demons
Series Title: ABC News
Call Number: VCR 93-28
Description: Focuses on the bloody wars that erupted within the former republic of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Keywords: Yugoslavia: History

Land of the Pharaohs
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.3
Description: Reconstructions and the work of historians and Egyptologists help to recreate the splendor of Ancient Egypt.
Keywords: Ancient Egypt

Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2013-250
Description: Chronicles Latino's in the U.S. from the 1500s to present day.
Keywords:

Long Childhood
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-227
Description: Surveys the complex role of science in the cultural evolution of man.
Keywords: Human History: Science and Culture

Lost Civilizations
Series Title: Time/Life Video
Call Number: DVD 2006-10
Description: Takes the viewer around the world on an incredible journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Tibet, through 25 countries.
Keywords: Archeology; Ancient Civilizations

Lost King of the Maya
Series Title: Nova
Call Number: VCR 2006-1
Description: Archaeologists and historians piece together a more complete look at the rise and fall of the Mayan city of Copan.
Keywords: Mayas: History and Civilization

Majestic Clockwork
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-221
Description: Focuses on the contributions of Newton and Einstein in the evolution of physics.
Keywords: Human History: Physics

Mesoamerica: A History of Central America
Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2012-183
Description: History and culture of Mesoamerica.
Keywords: Aztecs; Spanish Conquest

Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers
Series Title: Discovery School
Call Number: DVD 2007-78
Description: Explore the agricultural practices and technological devices that led to the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia.
Keywords: Iraq: Ancient Civilization, Agriculture

Mesopotamia: Trade Routes and Transportation
Series Title: Discovery School
Call Number: DVD 2007-79
Description: Study how the Sumerians used the Tigris River as an important early trade route; examine how technological advances, such as the cart, facilitated transporting people and go.ods
Keywords: Iraq: Ancient Civilization, Commerce

Midwife's Tale
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-36
Description: The life of Martha Ballard reconstructed from her diary. She was a frontier midwife in Maine who lived following the economic turmoil after the American revolution. Adapted from the book of the same title by Laurel Ulrich.
Keywords: Richard Rogers; PBS; Biographical; Historical

Minds of Men
Series Title: Classical Civilizations
Call Number: VCR 2004-184
Description: A look at the life, teachings, and world of Socrates, Plato, Herodotus and Thucydides.
Keywords: Greece: History and Civilization

Morning Sun = Ba Jiu Dian Zhong de Tai Yang
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2011-243
Description: Inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976) of high-Maoist China.
Keywords: Mandarin; China

Mountain Revolutions
Series Title: Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People
Call Number: DVD 2009-251 v3
Description: The American Civil War politically economically and spiritually tears an agrarian region apart setting the stage for railroads land buyers and vast changing landscapes.
Keywords: Jamie Ross; Ross Spears; Ethnographic; Educational; Nature

Music of the Spheres
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-219
Description: Traces the evolution of mathematics and the relationship of numbers to music, astronomy, painting.
Keywords: Human History: Mathematics, Music

Naqoyqatsi: Life as War
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2004-26
Description: Images document shift from the natural to technological world.
Keywords: Technology & Civilization

New Green World
Series Title: Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People
Call Number: DVD 2009-251 v2
Description: Contrasting attitudes from the Native Americans and European settlers toward treatment of the mountains and rich lands bring bloodshed, tragedy, and long term consequences for all forms of life.
Keywords: Jamie Ross; Ross Spears; Ethnographic

New Market, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor?
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-146
Description: Volume 6; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War
Keywords: Civil War

Ottoman Empire
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.5
Description: Examines the structure of the Ottoman empire from the family to religion and bureaucracy.
Keywords: Ottoman Empire

Pompeii
Series Title: Ancient World
Call Number: VCR 2004-189
Description: Survey of the well preserved remains of Pompeii's history.
Keywords: Pompeii; Archeology--Italy

Pompeii: Buried Alive
Series Title: Ancient Mysteries
Call Number: VCR 2007-9
Description: Join the archaeological director of Pompeii to journey far beyond the excavations into the very lives cut short by the ancient tragedy.
Keywords: Pompeii; Vesuvius: Eruption, 79 AD

Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2003-22
Description: Effects of technological advances on developing nations.
Keywords: Technology & Civilization

Power and Place
Series Title: Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People
Call Number: DVD 2009-251 v4
Description: Shows the effects of industrialization natural disasters poverty awakening a busy nation to its responsibilities toward the mountains forests wildlife and its people.
Keywords: Jamie Ross; Ross Spears; Ethnographic; Educational; Nature

Power and the Land
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Call Number: VCR 98-49
Description: Four documentaries about the Depression.
Keywords: The Depression

Price of Freedom
Series Title: Buried Mirror
Call Number: VCR 2005-100
Description: Program 4: Carlos Fuentes experiences the celebration of El Grito, the Mexican cry for independence.
Keywords: Latin America: History and Civilization

Pyramids and the Cities of the Pharaohs
Series Title: Great Cities of the Ancient World
Call Number: VCR 2004-200
Description: Reconstructions capture the splendor of ancient Egypt, including the Pyramids.
Keywords: Egypt: Pyramids and Antiquities

Return to the Killing Fields
Series Title: Investigative Reports
Call Number: DVD 2009-215
Description: The impact of the Khmer Rouge regime including the killing fields in Cambodia.
Keywords: Bill Kurtis; Ethnographic; Cambodia; History

Roman City
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2004-72
Description: Shows how the Romans planned and constructed their cities; 2 copies.
Keywords: Rome: Civil Engineering; Architecture

Rome and Pompeii
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-12 v.1
Description: Computer recreations and a renowned team of archaeologists and historians help recreate the ancient imperial cities of Rome and Pompeii.
Keywords: Ancient Rome; Ancient Pompeii

Rome: The Eternal City
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Call Number: VCR 2007-102
Description: A chronological look at Rome primarily focusing on the structures, churches, and public art each era left as a legacy, from ancient time to the 18th century.
Keywords: Rome: Civilization and Architecture

Samurai Japan
Series Title: Ancient Civilizations
Call Number: DVD 2006-135 v.6
Description: The unique influence of the Samurai on Japan; discusses Japan's shift from feudalism to a cosmopolitan society.
Keywords: Japan; Samurai

Si chou zhi lu/ bian dao Tu Guobi, Lingmu Zhao
Series Title: Xin Zhongguo wu tai ying shi yi shu jing pin xuan xi lie guang pan. Ji lu
Call Number: DVD 2007- 47
Description: Documentary television program of the legendary Silk Road, the ancient trade route between ancient Rome and the east; 10 discs.
Keywords: China: Silk Road

Si o No Puerto Rico and the Statehood Question
Series Title: Hispanic Culture Series
Call Number: VCR 2006-7
Description: Explores the past history of Puerto Rico, the question of statehood and its impact on the island and the United States.
Keywords: Puerto Rico: Politics and Government

Sieges of Vicksburg and Charleston, Chickamauga, Chattanooga?
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-145
Description: Volume 5; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War
Keywords: Civil War

Starry Messenger
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-220
Description: Highlights man's early study of astronomy and the conflict between science and religion.
Keywords: Human History: Astronomy

Stones River, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg?
Series Title: Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War
Call Number: VCR 2004-144
Description: Volume 4; Seven-part series on the military, political, and social history of the Civil War
Keywords: Civil War

That Was the GDR
Series Title: That Was the GDR
Call Number: VCR 2000-71
Description: 4 parts
Keywords: East Germany

The Dark Ages
Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2011-226
Description: This program covers warlords whose armies threatened to cause the demise of European society, and the people such as Charlemagne, St. Benedict, and Empress Theodora who fought for peace and enlightenment.
Keywords:

Time and Terrain
Series Title: Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People
Call Number: DVD 2009-251 v1
Description: Birth of what are now the oldest mountains on the planet; the evolution of the richest forests in North America; and the arrival of Native-Americans and Europians and thier struggle to find a proper relationship to the natural world within this mosaic of diverse habitats and cultures.
Keywords: Jamie Ross; Ross Spears; Ethnographic

Unfinished Business
Series Title: Buried Mirror
Call Number: VCR 2005- 99
Description: Program 5: Discusses the wealth of traditions brought to the United States by immigrants from Latin America.
Keywords: Latin America: History and Civilization

Victorian Era
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 93-37
Description: Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Keywords: British History

Vikings and Normans
Series Title: Europe in the Middle Ages
Call Number: VCR 2004-151
Description: Covers the sea prowess, influence, and explorations of the Vikings, including the Normans.
Keywords: European History; Vikings

Virgin and the Bull
Series Title: Buried Mirror
Call Number: VCR 2005-97
Description: Program 1: Carlos Fuentes looks for his forebears in the mix of people that created Latin America.
Keywords: Latin America: History and Civilization

World within World
Series Title: Ascent of Man
Call Number: VCR 2004-224
Description: Looks at the internal structure of the atom and traces the history of 20th-century physics.
Keywords: Human History: Physics