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Political Science / Public Policy Resources: Documentary Films

Filmakers Library Streaming Video

The MSU Libraries have acquired access to the Filmakers' Library of more than 1,000 fims.  92 of them have been assigned under the category of Politics and Current Affairs.

Kanopy Films

The MSU Libraries now provide access to the Kanopy Film catalog.   Available as streaming video.

PBS Video Collection Streaming Video

The PBS Video Collection (subscription) contains the following films listed under Politics and Current Affairs:

Are We Safer?

Behind Taliban Lines

By the People : Democracy in the Wild

The Congress

A Death in Tehran

Digital Nation

Huey Long

The Interrogator

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

Peace Unveiled

The Road to 9/11

Thomas Jefferson

Top Secret America

TR

Truman

Turning the Tide

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unintended Consequences

War Redefined

War We Are Living

Wikisecrets : Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Wikileaks

The Wounded Platoon

Swank Films

The MSU Libraries provide free access to a set of the 1000 most popular films from Swank.  Available as streaming video. 

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1971

1971


Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

Abraham and Mary Lincoln : A House Divided


Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


American Blackout

American Blackout


American Drug War: The Last White Hope

American Drug War: The Last White Hope


Andrew Jackson  : good, evil & the presidency

Andrew Jackson  : good, evil & the presidency


Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin


Betty Ford  : The Real Deal

Betty Ford  : The Real Deal


Bill Clinton : Hope, Charisma & Controversy

Bill Clinton : Hope, Charisma & Controversy


Boogie Man  : the Lee Atwater Story

Boogie Man  : the Lee Atwater Story


The Brainwashing of My Dad

The Brainwashing of My Dad


Bush's War

Bush's War


Citizen Koch

Citizen Koch


Clinton

Clinton


Dolley Madison : America's First Lady

Dolley Madison : America's First Lady


Dwight Eisenhower : commander-in-chief

Dwight Eisenhower : commander-in-chief


Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt


FDR

FDR


FDR : A Presidency Revealed

FDR : A Presidency Revealed


Fear of a Black Republican

Fear of a Black Republican


The Fog of War  : eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara

The Fog of War  : eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara


George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush


Gerald R. Ford : Healing the Presidency

Gerald R. Ford : Healing the Presidency


How Weed Won the West

How Weed Won the West


Inside Obama's Presidency

Inside Obama's Presidency


Jefferson Davis : an American president

Jefferson Davis : an American president


JFK :  A Presidency Revealed

JFK :  A Presidency Revealed


Jimmy Carter 

Jimmy Carter


John & Abigail Adams  :  Love and Liberty

John & Abigail Adams  :  Love and Liberty


John & Abigail Adams

John & Abigail Adams


Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home


Koch brothers exposed : [the 1% at its very worst]

Koch brothers exposed


LBJ

LBJ


The Most Dangerous Man in America : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

The Most Dangerous Man in America : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers


Nancy Reagan  : The Role of a Lifetime

Nancy Reagan  : The Role of a Lifetime


Nixon

Nixon


Nixon  : A Presidency Revealed

Nixon  : A Presidency Revealed


Obama's war

Obama's war


One Woman, One Vote

One Woman, One Vote


Point of Order

Point of Order


Reagan

Reagan


Ronald Reagan  : A Legacy Remembered

Ronald Reagan  : A Legacy Remembered


Slacker Uprising 

Slacker Uprising


Teddy Roosevelt  : an American lion

Teddy Roosevelt  : an American lion


Thomas Jefferson 

Thomas Jefferson


TR : The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

TR : The Story of Theodore Roosevelt


Truman

Truman


Ulysses S. Grant  : Warrior, President (2002)

Ulysses S. Grant  : Warrior, President


Unconstitutional : The War On Our Civil Liberties

Unconstitutional : The War On Our Civil Liberties


Uncovered : The Whole Truth About the Iraq War

Uncovered : The Whole Truth About the Iraq War


Unprecedented : The 2000 Presidential Election

Unprecedented : The 2000 Presidential Election


War Made Easy : How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death

War Made Easy : How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death


The War Room

The War Room


We steal secrets : the story of Wikileaks

We steal secrets : the story of Wikileaks


Why We Fight

Why We Fight


Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson


Selected Documentary Films, A-B

All documentary films are located in the Kline Digital and Multimedia Center (4 West) unless otherwise indicated.

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa LopezGraham Street Productions, 2014.  [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.  Streaming video file from Kanopy (Lease). : 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. The story is told through the lives of three ordinary and extraordinary American families who changed history by their courageous challenges to the powerful status quo - Dred and Harriet Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Rosario and Vanessa Lopez. Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott and those of Wong Kim Ark tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court and changed American history. Rosario Lopez and her daughter Vanessa are both activists in the immigrant rights youth movement. Born in the United States and a citizen under the 14th Amendment, Vanessa wants to be either an artist, a photographer, a lawyer, or a marine biologist and President of the United States. It is the citizenship of millions of children like Vanessa Lopez, born in the United States to undocumented parents, that is at stake now.

1971 / Maximum Pictures & Fork Films present, in association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures, Ford Foundation JustFilms, Candescent Films, a film by Johanna Hamilton ; directed and produced by Johanna Hamilton ; produced by Marilyn Ness, Katy Chevigny ; written by Johanna Hamilton, Gabriel Rhodes. New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2015]   1 DVD videodisc (80 minutes) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 12 cm  G. M. Kline MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8144.F43 A175 2015 VideoDVD   On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and their identities remained a secret.  Until now.... For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971, by award-winning filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, is their story....Told through a combination of exclusive interviews, rare primary documents from the break-in and investigation, national news coverage of the burglary and dramatic re-creations, the story of the Citizens’ Commission unfolds with haunting echoes to today’s questions of privacy in the era of government surveillance.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided  / written by David Grubin and Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced and directed by David Grubin ; a David Grubin Productions, Inc. film.  [United States] : Public Broadcasting Service, c2009.   3 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.   E457.25 .A3 2009 VideoDVD  discs 1-3 : From award-winning film-maker David Grubin, this miniseries weaves together the troubled lives of a dirt-farmer's son and a wealthy Southern slave-owner's daughter. Together, Abraham and Mary Lincoln ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history, the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln's legacy as the Great Emancipator reshaped the nation while his tragic death left Mary reclusive and forgotten.

Abraham Lincoln in Michigan  / written by Tom M. George ; produced and directed by Tom M. George & William Jamerson.  Marquette, MI : Forgotten Films, c1999.  1 VHS videocassette (28 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 1/2 in. E457.4 .A2 1999 Videocassette : Discusses the debate over the spread of slavery and Lincoln's place in that debate. Describes the preparations for the August 1856 rally in Kalamazoo in support of Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont and how Lincoln came to be one of the speakers. Analyzes the content of the speech and explains that it was a precursor to his "house divided" speech.

After ten years  : the court and the schools / CBS News ; producers, Philip Scheffler, William Peters ; directed by Norman Gorin.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003.  1 DVD-R videodisc (58 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. LC214.2 .A34 2003 VideoDVD : The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling made it clear that segregation would not be tolerated and that states must comply with federal law. In this program, filmed ten years after Brown, news correspondents report on the mixed progress made toward integrating public schools in Nashville, New Rochelle, New Orleans and Prince Edward County, Virginia. Stumbling blocks such as faculty segregation, busing and segregational zoning are examined. A discussion featuring Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Georgia Governor Carl Sanders and Ex-Secretary of the NAACP, Roy Wilkins concludes the program.

The Age of Kennedy.  Part I, The early years / produced and directed by Al Wasserman ; written by Al Wasserman. [Del Mar, Calif.] : CRM McGraw-Hill Films, [1984?]  2 VHS videocassettes (46 min., 42 sec.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.  E842 .W37 1986 Videocassette : Against a background of significant world events, Kennedy's early years are reviewed and an attempt is made to explain the development of John F. Kennedy, the man.

The Age of Kennedy. Part II, The Presidency  / produced and directed by Al Wasserman ; written by Al Wasserman.  [Del Mar, Calif.] : CRM/McGraw-Hill Films, [1984?]  2 VHS videocassettes (52 min., 50 sec.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. E842 .W371 1986 Videocassette : Reflects on President Kennedy's unique approach to the crises which confronted him during the brief time he held office as President of the United States.

Alexander Hamilton (2007) / Twin Cities Public Television in association with Middlemarch Films ; WGBH/Boston ; written and co-produced by Ronald H. Blumer ; produced and directed by Muffie Meyer.  [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2007. 1 DVD videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E302.6.H2 A444 2007 VideoDVD : One of the most controversial men of his age Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power scandal and tragedy. He had one of the most notorious love affairs of any public figure in American history and met his death in a startling act of political violence the famous duel with Aaron Burr. But his contributions as a statesman survive. As first Secretary of the Treasury during the tumultuous early years of the republic Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into a commercial and industrial powerhouse. He was the one founder who had a vision not of what America was but of what it could become. This two-hour AMERICAN EXPERIENCE tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the groundwork for the nation s modern economy including the banking system Wall Street and an opportunity society in which talent and hard work not birth determined success.

American Blackout  / a Guerrilla News Network production ; produced by Anastasia King ; directed by Ian Inaba.  Berkeley, CA : GNN, c2006.  1 DVD videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  JK1976 .A647 2006 VideoDVD : Whatever you think you know about our election systems or Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this film will make you question further why the news media fails to accurately inform the public. Directed by GNN's Ian Inaba, creator of Eminem's "Mosh" music video, American Blackout critically examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence voices of political dissent. Many have heard of the alleged voting irregularities that occurred during the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. Until now, these incidents have gone under- reported and are commonly written-off as insignificant rumors or unintentional mishaps resulting from an overburdened election system. American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Mckinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but has found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Featuring: Congressional members John Conyers, John Lewis, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Bernie Sanders and jounalists Greg Palast and Bob Fitrakis.

American Drug War  : The Last White Hope (2008) / In association with Ostrow and Company ; Sacred Cow Productions ; a film by Kevin Booth.  [United States?] : SCP Enterprises, c2008. 1 DVD videodisc (118 min.): sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. HV5825 .A4 2008 VideoDVD  : The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA....American Drug War shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just dope fiends but an entire government. Most importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.  Publisher's description.

American Feud  : A History of Conservatives and Liberals / a documentary by Richard Hall and Simone Fary.  [S.l. : s.n., 2007] 1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E183 .A43 2007 VideoDVD : What American Feud's director/producer team of Richard Hall and Simone Fary are trying for is ambitious: to understand the history and definition of the words "conservative" and "liberal." This is no small goal, and in order to pull it off, Hall and Fary have brought in some sizable big guns. Any documentary that incorporates Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Thomas Frank on the left and G. Gordon Liddy, Kevin Phillips, and Lee Edwards on the right is clearly going for the widest possible breadth. What's even more impressive is that, with a few minor exceptions here and there, most of the commentators stay away from snappy sound bites and talking points. Even the normally outrageous Liddy comes off as thoughtful and lucid. Throw in libertarian David Boaz, historian David Stoesz, and filmed speeches from everybody from Democratic activist Donna Brazile to right-wing columnist Michelle Malkin and you've got a film that is more interested in exploring divergent ideas rather than pushing one view over the other....American Feud is about more than talking heads. The documentary examines, using historical analysis and political maps of several crucial presidential elections, how and why the meaning of "liberal" and "conservative" have changed, and how that's actually affected the voting results of the political parties. Philosophers and politicians like John Stuart Mill and Edmund Burke are discussed, and the film uncovers some less famous but hugely significant theoreticians. The film gives credit, for instance, to Russell Kirk, whose 1950's book Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot was influential to a generation of young conservatives. Though he is all but unknown today, Kirk's book is credited as a landmark in modern conservatism; Ronald Reagan cited Kirk as one of his favorite writers. Similarly, it's fascinating to learn that the word "liberal," when it was first used in political discourse in the 1800s, would today be more similar to libertarian conservative, which is to say, someone who favors small government regulations and is opposed to any form of social regulation. There are also historical revelations. FDR, for example, exempted domestic and agricultural workers from Social Security benefits when he created the Social Security program. The reason was to win over support from Southern senators and congressmen, who knew that the majority of agricultural and domestic workers in the South were black, and that this was the only way to keep them poor. In addition, it's intriguing to track electoral maps from each election and seeing how patterns changed as Republicans, seen as the party of the rich and cosmopolitan, captured the urban northeast while Democrats ruled the South for over a hundred years until the 1960s. Now that's reversed.  TrailerAdditional readings.

Andrew Jackson  : Good, Evil & The Presidency (2008)  / a co-production of Red Hill Productions and KCET ; produced and written by Carl Byker ; directed by Carl Byker, Mitch Wilson.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E382 .A53 2007 VideoDVD  : The first president with a nickname, "Old Hickory" was born in a log cabin and was an orphan by age 13, but rose to become a major general in the United States Army and the seventh president of the United States. Jackson had strong opinions and equally strong opposition during his eight years as president. He was the first president to open the doors of the White House to blue-collar Americans, and he shook up the glossy world of Washington, DC with his "common man" methods and ideals, but also oversaw one of the most controversial events in American history: the forced removal of Indian tribes, including the Cherokees, from their homes.

American presidents  / National Geographic.  Universal City, CA : Vivendi Entertainment, [2013].  3 videodiscs (320 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Film Collection CY7 D0145431 VideoDVD  discs 1-3 : National Geographic reveals intimate portraits and hidden secrets behind some of the most powerful men in American history, The Presidents.  Final report: Clinton impeachment -- The real George Washington -- Lincoln: American mastermind -- The lost JFK tapes: The assassination -- On board Air Force One -- George W. Bush: The 9/11 interview.

Barack Obama - Inaugural Address streaming video courtesy of Amazing Stories : On the 20th of January, 2009, Barack H. Obama became America's 44th President.  His inaugural speech, given at a time of great economic concerns, addressed not just the problems of the country but also the significant progress America has made throughout her history.

Benjamin Franklin (2002) / a production of Twin Cities Public Television ; in association with Middlemarch Films ; produced and directed by Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer ; writer/co-producer, Ronald Blumer.  [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 210 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E302.6.F8 B464 2006 VideoDVD : Everyone knows about the kite and the key, the Declaration of Independence, and Poor Richard's Almanac, but nonscholars will find much to learn in this documentary tracing the epic of Benjamin Franklin's life. Using actors Dylan Baker and Richard Easton as Franklin speaking his own words, the makers of this PBS offering bring his writings to life without resorting to corny dramatizations. The documentary first explores his education as a minister, career as a printer, and retirement to a life of science at the age of 47. The second part explores his transformation to revolutionary: his life in England and eventual rejection of its domination, the resulting painful split with his son, and his colonial radicalism at age 70. The final chapter of his life takes place in France, where he operates with subterfuge to win France's support against the English and more or less invents diplomacy.

Betty Ford  : The Real Deal / a production of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in association with KCET Desert Cities ; writer, producer, director, Mary Beth Durkin.  [Alexandria, Va.?] : McNeil/Lehrer Productions : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E867 .F673 2009 VideoDVD : Betty Ford: The Real Deal profiles Betty Ford, her time in the White House, advocacy for equal rights and her substance addiction that led to the founding of the Betty Ford Center in California

Beyond the Divide : War, Peace, and the Courage to Find Common Ground / a film by Jan Selby.  [Place of publication not identified] : Quiet Island Films, 2015.  1 DVD videodisc (84 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  JZ5574 .S46 2015 VideoDVD :  "Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The politics and casualties are history yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In Missoula, Montana, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, it illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building. "

Beyond the Politics  of Life & Choice  : a New Conversation about Abortion / a film by Old Dog Documentaries ; produced and directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud.  [Woodstock, VT] : Old Dog Documentaries ; Berkeley, CA : [Distributed by] Berkeley Media, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (61 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  HQ767 .B496 2007 VideoDVD : "Politicians continue to exploit the issue of abortion to energize their 'base', and media are drawn to the noise and excess found at the fringes - generating only more heat as battle lines and stereotypes are further reinforced. It offers a safe space, where people with opposing views can meet to better understand the deep concerns of the other. This hour-long documentary defuses the abortion issue and changes the tone as activists on both sides, legal experts, leading religious thinkers, college and seminary students, and women who have personally faced the abortion dilemma, all bring surprising new insights into territory we often run away from because it is so fraught with tension, prejudice, shame and fear"

Bill Clinton : Hope, Charisma & Controversy (2005) .  New York, N.Y. : A & E Home Video, 2005.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E886 .B48 2005 VideoDVD : The first president to be born after WWII, he represented the strength and energy of a new generation. Although his term was marred by personal scandal and controversy, Bill Clinton managed to salvage his reputation and his career. BIOGRAPHY® presents an intimate portrait of the charismatic leader, drawing on extensive interviews with friends and family - including his mother and biographer - and archival photographs and clips. Learn about his childhood in Hope, Arkansas, and trace his political career, from an influential handshake with JFK to the presidency. Follow Clinton through his Oxford days, Vietnam War protests, and his relationship with Hillary Rodham. Personal problems plagued Clinton throughout his career, but he managed to battle through, showing strength, dignity, and determination. BILL CLINTON: HOPE, CHARISMA & CONTROVERSY offers an inside-look at one of the most ambitious and resilient men in politics.  Part of the Biography series.

Boogie Man  : the Lee Atwater Story / produced by Stefan Forbes, Noland Walker and Tia Wou ; directed by Stefan Forbes[New York] : InterPositive Media, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. E840.8.A89 B66 2009 VideoDVD : Loved by his friends, hated by his enemies, Lee Atwater wrote the GOP playbook. With extra footage not seen on PBS Frontline and incredible music from Gov’t Mule, this film shows Atwater mentoring Karl Rove and helping Reagan and the Bush family win with controversial, racially charged tactics. Then he repented. Or did he?

The Brainwashing of My Dad / JSenko Productions in association with Cinco Dedos Peliculas presents ; a film by Jen Senko and Matthew Modine.  Los Angeles, CA] : [Parallel Lines Documentary Production & Distribution, www.forwardintime.com, 2016]  1 DVD videodisc (120 minutes) : sound., color. ; 4 3/4 in.  BF633 .B735 2016 VideoDVD : Jen Senko’s award-winning new documentary seeks to discover why her WWII veteran father’s personality radically transformed from that of a non-political Kennedy Democrat to an angry right-wing fanatic after his discovery of Talk Radio and Fox News.  ​In trying to understand how this happened, Senko not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also comes to a startling conclusion about the course of the media over the last 30-40 years. In her research she begins to see how a plan to create a media for the GOP by Roger Ailes concocted in the days of Nixon; the Lewis Powell Memo -- urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the media; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine, helped to change the nation’s direction and culture, misinformed millions, divided families and even the country itself.  The documentary pulls back the curtain on the wizards behind the right-wing media phenomenon, and through interviews with Noam Chomsky, David Brock, Jeff Cohen, George Lakoff, Claire Connor, Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Frank Luntz and others, reveals the true story of the behind-the-scenes strategies designed to shift the national discourse to the Right.

Bush's Brain : Who's Really Running the Country? (2003) / produced and directed by Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob.  [England] : Tartan Video, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E889 .M662 2004 VideoDVD : The story of the role Karl Rove played in George W. Bush's journey to the White House.

Bush's War  / produced by Michael Kirk ; produced and reported by Jim Gilmore ; written and directed by Michael Kirk ; a Frontline co-production with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; WGBH Boston.  [Arlington, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (262 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E902 .B87 2008 VideoDVD : "A two-part special series that tells the epic story of how the Iraq War began and how it has been fought, both on the ground and deep inside the government"  Contents - Part 1 (146 min.): 1. Within hours of the 9/11 attacks -- 2. Preparing the plan of attack -- 3. Cheney's focus: new wartime powers -- 4. The Afghanistan campaign -- 5. Cheney's secret plan for handling detainees -- 6. Iraq is back on the table -- 7. Working in the shadows -- 8. Rumsfeld: hardback infighter -- 9. Rumsfeld takes on the generals and State Dept. -- 10. The drumbeats of war -- 11. Tough new interrogation techniques -- 12. The CIA national intelligence estimate on WMD -- 13. The CIA's flawed intelligence goes public. -- 14. Powell makes the case for war at the U.N. -- 15. The countdown to war -- Part 2 (116 min.): 1. The invasion is over in three weeks -- 2. Plans for Postwar Iraq quickly go awry -- 3. L. Paul Bremer takes over -- 4. Bremer's next edict: dissolve the Iraqi army -- 5. No weapons of mass destruction -- 6. Things are getting bad, fast -- 7. Late 2003 - Spring 2004 -- 8. The insurgency rages -- 9. Bush re-elected: Iraqis vote -- 10. 2006: a flickering civil war -- 11. A new Defense Secretary, a new strategy. 

Selected Documentary Films, C-D

All documentary films are located in the Digital and Multimedia Center unless otherwise indicated.

Capitalism  : a love story / Overture Films and Paramount Vantage present ; in association with the Weinstein Company ; a Dog Eat Dog Films production ; produced by Anne Moore ; co-producers, Rod Birleson, John Hardesty ; written, produced and directed by Michael Moore.  Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2010.  1 DVD videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences; 4 3/4 in. HB501 .C242259 2010 VideoDVD : Filmmaker Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy.

The Catonsville Nine : Investigation of a Flame / a film by Lynne Sachs ; produced, directed, photographed and edited by Lynne Sachs.  Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (45 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection  CP3 D0078041 VideoDVD : On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. This poetic act of civil disobedience helped galvanize an increasingly disillusioned American public against the Vietnam War. This documentary examines this Sixties protest within our current times, when foes of Middle East peace, abortion, and technology resort to violence to access the public imagination. The film combines long-unseen archival footage with interviews with members of the Catonsville Nine, encouraging viewers to ponder the relevance of civil disobedience and the implications of personal sacrifice today.

Cheney's Law  / WGBH Educational Foundation ; a Frontline co-production with Kirk Documentary Group Ltd. ; produced by Michael Kirk ; produced & reported by Jim Gilmore ; written & directed by Michael Kirk. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4  in. E902 .C446 2007 VideoDVD : "For three decades, Vice President Dick Cheney has waged a secretive and often bitter battle to expand the power of the presidency. Now in a direct confrontation with Congress, as the administration asserts executive privilege to head off investigations into domestic wiretapping and the firing of U.S. attorneys, FRONTLINE meticulously traces the behind-closed-doors battle within the administration over the power of the presidency and the rule of law".  Streaming video available from Google Video.

Children of the Left  : a Story About Family & Politics in America / co-produced by Eric Stange and the Newton Television Foundation. New York, NY : New Day Films, 1989.  1 VHS videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. HQ535 .C47 1989 Videocassette : Follows the lives of five people whose parents were members of the American Communist party in the 1940s and 1950s.

Citizen Koch / Elsewhere Films ; producer, Gillian Caldwell ; written, produced and directed by Carl Deal & Tia Lessin.  [Orland Park, Illinois] : MPI Home Video, [2014]  1 DVD videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  JK2356 .C58 2014 VideoDVD :  That’s the warning from a Wisconsin state employee after her union rights were destroyed by a Republican governor funded by corporate and billionaire donors whose ultimate goal is to break the unions nationwide -- and cripple the labor-backed Democratic party....Set against the rise of the Tea Party in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collides with the Tea Party-aligned “Americans for Prosperity,” a group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men —David and Charles Koch. As Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, they are forced to choose sides.    Public Performance Rights are included. These permit screening in a classroom or library or to a public group for an audience of 50 people or fewer when no admission is charged. Trailer.   More information.

Clinton  / American Experience films presents ; an Ark Media film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH ; produced by Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance ; written and directed by Barak Goodman.  [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2012.  2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 4 hr.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in..  E840.8.C5 A44 2012 VideoDVD  discs 1-2 : From draft-dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. In Clinton, the latest installment in the critically acclaimed series of presidential biographies, American Experience  explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history--and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage....Featuring unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders, including White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, and Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, as well as interviews with foreign leaders, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton's years as governor of Arkansas, biographers, and journalists, Clinton explores how the man's conflicted character made history, even as it enraged his enemies and confounded his friends.  For the moment, you can also watch Clinton online.

The Complete DVD History of U.S. Wars : 1700-2004 / produced by Centre Communications, Inc., for Ambrose Video Publishing ; produced by Ron Meyer ; directed by Scott Gordon ; written by Mark Reeder. New York, NY : Ambrose Video Pub., c2004.  4 DVD videodiscs (216 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E181 .C667 2004 VideoDVD  discs 1-4 :For three centuries, the North American continent has figured prominently in wars- both at home and abroad. This 8-part series details causes and effects of each war in that period, grouped chronologically, from Queen Anne's War (1702-1713) to the Iraq War (2003). Segments: "Wars for the Continent," "The Revolutionary War," "Manifest Destiny Wars," "The Civil War," "The Imperial Wars," "The Global Wars," "The Cold War," and "The Police Wars."

The Congress / written by Kenneth Lauren Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's America (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2004).  Streaming video from the PBS Video Collection, 1:49:14 mins  : For 200 years, the United States Congress has been one of the country's most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant, thoughtful and often touching portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this unique American institution. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews with David Broder, Alistair Cooke, Cokie Roberts, Charles McDowell and others, the award-winning film chronicles the personalities, events and issues that have animated the first 200 years of Congress and, in turn, our country.

Dark days at the White House : the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon / ABC News ; producer, Bill Lattanzi.  Oak Forest, IL : MPI Home Video, c1989.  1 VHS videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. E860 .D37 1989 Videocassette : A documentary on the Watergate scandal and the resignation in disgrace of Richard M. Nixon.

The Dark Side (YouTube).  PBS Frontline.  After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence.  1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.

The Dark Side / written, produced and directed by Michael Kirk ; produced and reported by Jim Gilmore ; a Frontline coproduction with the Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd.  [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [2006],    ROVI Movie Collection CO4 D0069232 VideoDVD  : Amid revelations about faulty prewar intelligence and a scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff and presidential adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby,  Frontline goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history. The film tells the story of the vice president's role as the chief architect of the war on terror, and his battle with Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for control of the "dark side". Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the film provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war.

The Democrats (the American Experience)  / a co-production of WGBH-Boston and PBS.  PBS : WGBH ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2000], ©2000.  4 videodiscs (12 hr.) : color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection AF2 D0011006 VideoDVD  discs 1-4  :  " ... Recognized by the most famous initials in American history, FDR, JFK, and LBJ, they are the subjects of probing biographies that add new detail and dimension to their lives and times. Using rare archival footage and photographs, interviews with family members, friends, adversaries, and eyewitnesses, and excerpts from correspondence and diaries, these films explore how a nation and its leaders answered their eras unique challenges."

Distorted morality  : a war on terrorism? / Silent films presents ; in association with Plug Music (HK) Limited. Oakland, CA : AK Press, c2003. 1 videodisc (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. HV6432 .D578 2003 VideoDVD : Noam Chomsky discusses the United States definition of terrorism and foreign policy in regard to nations and groups considered to be guilty of terrorism. There is also a question and answer session. Noam Chomsky's bibliography, biography and curriculum vitae are included.

Dolley Madison : America's First Lady / American Experience presents ; a production of tpt National Productions in association with Middlemarch Films, Inc. for American Experience ; Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. and WGBH Educational Foundation ; produced by Muffie Meyer, Julia Morrison ; directed by Muffie Meyer ; written and co-produced by Ronald Blumer.  United States] : PBS Distribution, [2010]  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  E342.1 .D65 2010 VideoDVD  : As the wife of the fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison played an important part in the political and social experiment that was the early American Republic. Long before women held any overt political power, she used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity.  For the moment Dolley Madison is also available online.

Dwight Eisenhower : commander-in-chief (2005)  New York, N.Y. : A & E Home Video, c[2005].  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E836 .D844 2005 VideoDVD:  Follow Ike from his Abilene boyhood to his days as supreme allied commander and finally to his legendary tenure at the White House.   Part of the Biography series.

Selected Documentaries, E-G

Eleanor Roosevelt  / a film by Ambrica Productions, Inc. in association with the American Experience ; written and directed by Sue Williams ; WGBH-TV, Boston ; WGBH Educational Foundation.  [Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainemnt, c2005.  1 DVD videodisc (approx. 150 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E807.1.R6 E43 2005 VideoDVD : This lively documentary portrays one of the 20th century's most fascinating figures, a shy girl who would grow up to spend 30 years as the most powerful woman in America. Eleanor Roosevelt, who came to be both loved and hated by millions, grew up in a troubled home, losing both parents when she was young yet somehow developing a sense of compassion she would bring to a long career in public life. Her marriage to a young rising star of American politics, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was deeply troubled, and this documentary reveals the personal betrayal that was assiduously kept hidden from public view during their lifetimes. Standing by her husband, Eleanor became, in the assessment of historians who speak on camera, one of the most skillful politicians of her time. Using early archival photographs to illustrate her early life, and extensive newsreel footage to document her decades on the public stage, the role of Mrs. Roosevelt in pioneering causes and expanding the traditional duties of the First Lady is presented in a very entertaining and informative manner. Extensive interviews with descendants, friends, and scholars also contribute to an incisive look at the woman who inspired the nation during the depths of the Depression, comforted Americans during World War II, and, after President Roosevelt's death, played a pivotal role in America's prominence at the United Nations. Part of the American Experience series.

Fahrenheit 9/11  / Lions Gate Films and IFC Films and the Fellowship Adventure Group present a Dog Eat Dog Films production, a film by Michael Moore ; producers, Jim Czarnecki, Kathleen Glynn ; written, produced and directed by Michael Moore.  Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004.  1 DVD videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E902 .F347 2004 VideoDVD : Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation.

FDR  / written and produced by David Grubin ; a David Grubin Productions, Inc. film for American experience.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, CA. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, 2010, c1994.  2 videodiscs (257 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  E807 .F32 2010 VideoDVD  discs 1-2 : Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency. A film by award winning filmmaker David Grubin.

FDR : A Presidency Revealed  / written and produced by David C. Taylor ; produced by Team Productions, LLC for the History Channel ; A & E Television Networks.  [United States] : History Channel : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2005.  2 DVD videodiscs (300 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E807 .F325 2005 VideoDVD : For twelve years he stood as America's 32nd President, a man who overcame the ravages of polio to pull America through the Great Depression and WWII. From his legendary Fireside Chats to his sweeping New Deal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt revolutionized the American way of life. FDR : A Presidency Revealed examines one of history's most compelling figures. Inspired by his cousin Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt rose to the nation's highest office during the depths of one of its darkest periods. A man of few words, he brought a nation together through his revolutionary Fireside Chats. He introduced vast reforms like Social Security and work relief for the unemployed. At the same time, his administration hid a dark underbelly teeming with covert maneuvers, spy rings, and powerful enemies. A comprehensive original program from the History Channel, featuring exclusive interviews, rare audio recordings, newly-unearthed home movies, and diary entries, that reveals a never-before-seen side of FDR's presidency.

Fear of a Black Republican  / a Shamrock Stine production ; written, directed & edited by Kevin J. Williams ; produced by Tamara E. Williams, Kevin J. Williams.  Trenton, N.J. : Shamrock Stine Productions, c2011  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in  E184.5 .F43 2011 VideoDVD : This documentary begins with the simple question... Does the Republican Party really want more African Americans? Independent filmmaker Kevin J. Williams takes a non-partisan journey over four years and two Presidential Elections to find out why there are so few Black Republicans and what that means for the future of the Two-Party Political System in America. From the Civil War to the Great Depression, the GOP was the Party for many African-Americans, but today barely 10% consider themselves Republican and Urban areas are no longer competitive parts of America's Election map. Beginning in his hometown, Williams speaks with BOTH Democrats and Republicans as he takes a personal and humorous look at his own Republican Party's efforts in Urban areas versus the Suburbs, the Democratic Party's success in retaining the African American vote and what this all means for America. The film includes conversations with scholars Professors Cornel West and Howard Taylor; Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jim Gilmore and John McCain; political leaders like fmr. Maryland Lt. Governor and RNC Chairman Michael Steele and fmr. Chairman Ken Mehlman; fmr. New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman; Conservative thinkers Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter; Commentators Tavis Smiley and Michelle Malkin; and the first and last Black Republican Senator popularly elected since Reconstruction, former Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator and President-Elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney also appear. The film also examines the History of the Republican Party and includes rarely seen archival footage of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Vice-President Richard M. Nixon and Jackie Robinson. Fear of a Black Republican gives audiences of all demographics and political persuasions a ground-breaking and moving view of American Politics unlike any they have ever seen.

The First 50 years : reflections on U.S.-Soviet relations / produced and directed by Bill Jersey. Emeryville, Calif. : Quest Productions ; [Berkeley, Calif. : Distributed by Catticus Corp.], c1984. 1 VHS videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 3/4 in. E183.8.R9 F57 1984 Videocassette : Documents the past fifty years of U.S.-Soviet relations. Interviews with specialists in the field of Soviet-American affairs are interspersed with archival film footage and voice-over narration. Former diplomats describe their involvement in key events of the era. Includes comments by former President Richard Nixon. Examines sources of past conflicts and how they were resolved as a key to solving modern-day problems.

First freedom : the fight for religious liberty / a Lee Groberg and Mark Goodman film ; produced in partnership with Groberg Films and WETA ; directed and produced by Lee Groberg. American Fork, Utah : Covenant Communications, p2012. 1 DVD videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  BL640 .F57 2012 VideoDVD : In the summer of 1789, James Madison penned sixteen words in spare prose that become the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Herein the founding fathers of a young government pledge separation of church and state, thus guaranteeing religious freedom for its citizens and establishing a free marketplace for religion in the United States.

First Ladies  / producer, director, writer, Louis Barbash.  Denver, Colo. : LumiVision ; Lexington, KY : Ztek Co., c1989.  1 videodisc (laser optical) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in. E176.2 .F5 1989 Video (12 inch) disc : An introduction to First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Barbara Bush, and how they lived and worked during their years in the White House. Visits the Smithsonian's collection of First Ladies' gowns, accessories, and furnishings.

The Fog of War  : eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara / Sony Pictures Classics presents a @radical.media & SenArt Films production in association with the Globe Department Store ; an Errol Morris film ; Michael Williams, Julie Ahlberg ; produced & directed by Errol Morris.  Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics, [2004], c2003.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  D840.8.M46 F64 2004 VideoDVD : The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, ad the effects of the Vietnam War

George H. W. Bush (2008) / WGBH Boston ; an Austin Hoyt Productions film for American Experience.  [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (190 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E882 .G467 2008 VideoDVD  : The latest in a series of critically-acclaimed presidential portraits, this biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II and early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office. Drawing upon personal diaries and interviews with his advisors and critics, the film will also explore Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.  Part of the American Experience series.

Gerald R. Ford / C-SPAN.  West Lafayette, IN : C-SPAN Archives, c2000, 1999. 1 VHS videocassette (161 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.  Library of Michigan Audiovisual Collection E866 .G473 2000 : Scholars and historians discuss his early career and family life, the decision to nominate him as vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned, and how his presidency helped heal the nation after President Nixon resigned.

Gerald R. Ford : Healing the Presidency (2006) / A&E Television Networks.Gerald R. Ford [videorecording] : healing the presidency / A&E Television Networks.  Burlington, VT : A&E Home Video ; New York : Distributed by New Video, [2006], c1997. 1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. E866.A6 G47353 2006 VideoDVD   : History has not been kind to Gerald Ford. As a president, he is best remembered for his controversial pardon of Richard Nixon, his merciless lampooning at the hands of Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live, and his less-than-accurate statement that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe." As a result, his place in the American landscape is that of a bungling nitwit who headed a remarkably unremarkable administration. Regardless, A&E's Biography: Gerald Ford, Healing the Presidency bathes our 38th president in a warm, somewhat melodramatic light. A former college football star, Ford entered politics in 1948 and quickly became a prominent and well-liked figure in the Republican Party. However, Biography continually plays up Ford's image of a solid, decent man who lucked into becoming the leader of the free world. Fans of the Ford administration will not be disappointed, but viewers hoping for clues as to the inner workings of Ford's mind and motives will be better served elsewhere.

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib  / HBO Documentary Films presents a Moxie Firecracker production ; a film by Rory Kennedy ; writer, Jack Youngelson ; produced by Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus, Jack Youngelson. [United States] : HBO Video, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  DS79.76 .G46 2007 VideoDVD  : Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts.

Selected Documentary Films, H-J

All documentary films are located in the Digital and Multimedia Center unless otherwise indicated.

Hacking democracy  / [presented by] HBO, Public Interest Pictures ; produced by Teale Edwards Productions LLC for Home Box Office ; executive producers, Earl Katz ... [et al.] ; directed by Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels ; produced by Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels, Robert Carrillo Cohen ; written by Simon Ardizzone ; [for HBO], executive producer, Sheila Nevins. [New York?] : Docurama : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (1 hr., 22 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JK1994 .H33 2007 VideoDVD: The documentary, first broadcast on HBO throughout November & December 2006, exposes the dangers of voting machines used during America’s mid term and presidential elections. Electronic voting machines count approximately 90% of America’s votes in county, state and federal elections. The technology is also increasingly being used across the world, including in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America. Filmed over three years this expos’ follows the investigations of a team of citizen activists and hackers as they take on the electronic voting industry, targeting the Diebold corporation....Hacking Democracy uncovers incendiary evidence from the trash cans of Texas to the ballot boxes of Ohio, exposing secrecy, votes in the trash, hackable software and election officials rigging the presidential recount....Ultimately proving our votes can be stolen without a trace, “Hacking Democracy” culminates in the famous ‘Hursti Hack’; a duel between the Diebold voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland – with America’s democracy at stake.  Trailer.

Hamilton-Burr Duel 200th anniversary[Washington, D.C.] : C-SPAN ; West Lafayette, IN : C-SPAN Archives, c2009. 1 DVD-Rvideodisc (75 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E302.6.H2 H36 2009 VideoDVD : The duel in Weekawken, New Jersey, between Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr was re-enacted on its 200th anniversary. On July 11, 1804, Hamilton was mortally wounded by Burr's shot during the duel, and died 31 hours later at a friend's home in Manhattan on July 12, 1804. The city of Weehawken is located on the Hudson River opposite New York City. Hamilton and Burr had to go there as dueling in New York was illegal. Both Hamilton and Burr were portrayed by family descendents. Residents of the town played other parts and narrated the re-enactment, including the history of the time period, Hamilton, Burr, the reasons for the duel, and the duel's aftermath.

Hearts and minds  / Janus Films ; Touchstone-Audjeff Production for BBS ; a Howard Zuker/Henry Jaglom Rainbow Pictures presentation ; producers, Bert Schneider, Peter Davis ; director, Peter Davis.  [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (19 x 12 cm.) DS558 .H436 2002 VideoDVD : Examines the American involvement in Vietnam, and is a chronicle of the war from a psychological perspective. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1974.

Henry A. Wallace / directed by Thomas D. Hedges.  Johnston, Iowa : Iowa Public Television ; Cedar Rapids, Iowa : Stamats Communication, Inc., c2004.  1 DVD videodisc (57 min.) : col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. E748.W23 H46 2004 VideoDVD : Using archival footage and photographs, profiles the life of Henry A. Wallace. Shows his work with hybrid corn research, his contributions to the green revolution, and tenure as farm journal editor. Traces the development of his political ideals and highlights his service as secretary of agriculture in the New Deal era, his nomination and term as vice-president, his replacement by Harry S. Truman on the ticket in the 1944 election, and his running as a candidate on the Progressive Party in 1948. Follows his departure from politics and return to his agricultural roots. Includes comments and interviews with Wallace's daughter Jean Wallace Douglas, and additional commentary by John C. Culver, George McGovern, John Hyde, Richard Norton Smith, and R. Douglas Hurt.

Hijacking catastrophe  : 9/11, fear & the selling of American empire / narrated by Julian Bond ; written & directed by Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally ; produced by Jeremy Earp ; edited by Kenyon King.  Northampton, MA : Media Education Foundation, c2004. 1 VHS videocassette (64 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Special Collections (American Radicalism) E902 .H553 2004 Videocassette : This film discusses how the events of 9/11/2001 have influenced United States politics, from advancing a pre-existing military agenda to rolling back civil liberties and social programs. This documentary features interviews with leading commentators on the events of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

How Weed Won the West (2010)  / Sacred Cow Productions presents ; a film by Kevin Booth ; written, produced, directed [by] Kevin Booth.  [United States] : SCP Enterprises, c2010.  1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. KF3891.M2 H69 2010 VideoDVD : With California and the rest of the country going bankrupt, one business is booming. How Weed Won the West is the story of the growing Medical Marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles with over 700 legal dispensaries doling out the buds. Following the story of Organica, a southland dispensary which was raided by state and federal agencies in August of 2009, the film shows that although much has changed with Obama in office, the drug war is nowhere near over. Kevin Booth, producer/director of American Drug War, picks up where the last film left off and continues his fight against the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs. Intended to inform and entertain, this fast paced and even sometimes funny film features Texas conspiracy guru Alex Jones, Ethan Nadelmann head of Drug Policy Alliance, and a host of amazing characters including a former LAPD narcotics officer who now thinks all drugs should be legal.

Inside Obama's Presidency (Frontline).  [United States] : PBS, 2013. 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.     E907 .I57 2013 VideoDVD : As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. With inside accounts from his battles with his Republican opponents over health care and the economy to his dramatic expansion of targeted killings of enemies, FRONTLINE examines the president's key decisions and the experiences that will inform his second term.  Cover.

Jefferson Davis : an American president / Rosemont Pictures Inc. in association with Flying Chaucer Films, LLC.  West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, c2008.  3 DVD videodiscs (230 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E467.1.D26 J44 2008 VideoDVD  disc 1-3 : Jefferson Davis is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned figure in United States history. One of the most outstanding statesmen of the United States during the first 60 years of the 19th century, he sacrificed everything to defend the South's position regarding the rights of the states and conservative constitutional interpretation. Against staggering odds he led the South and held it together in the bloody Civil War or War Between the States. Over 620,000 Americans died in this tragic war, sometimes called a second American Revolution. The history of this period has been written mainly by the victor; however, historians are revisiting Davis and his legacy. A West Point graduate, a hero of the Mexican War, United States Senator, outstanding Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce and the only President of the Confederate States of America. Among his many contributions to this country, he is largely responsible for the Smithsonian Institution, and the way the National Capitol looks today ....Unparalleled interviews with top Davis scholars...Never before seen footage from Davis' boyhood home to the actual place of his capture...An all access pass to the United States Capitol, both Confederate White Houses, the West Point art collection, and many more institutions and private homes...Extensive, pre-Hurricane Katrina footage of Beauvoir (Biloxi, MS) and Fortress Monroe (VA)

JFK / Warner Bros. in association with Le Studio Canal+, Regency Enterprises and Alcor Films ; an Ixtlan Corporation and an A. Kitman Ho production.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 1992.  2 videodiscs (laser optical) (189 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  E842.9 .J23 1991 Video (12 inch) disc : Director Oliver Stone seamlessly blends archival film with acted sequences in his version of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which alleges that there was a massive plot and cover-up surrounding JFK's death.  Based on the books "On the trail of the assassins" by Jim Garrison and "Crossfire: the plot that killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs.

JFK / Warner Bros. presents ; in association with Le Studio Canal +, Regency Enterprises and Alcor Films ; an Ixtlan Corporation and an A. Kitman Ho production ; screenplay by Oliver Stone & Zachary Sklar ; produced by A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone ; directed by Oliver Stone.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 2010.  1 DVD videodisc (205 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P6 J45 2010 VideoDVD : Director Oliver Stone seamlessly blends archival film with acted sequences in his version of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which alleges that there was a massive plot and cover-up surrounding JFK's death.

JFK :  A Presidency Revealed  / A&E Television Networks[United States] : A&E Home Video, 2003. 2 DVD videodiscs (300 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  E842 .J454 2003 VideoDVD  : JFK: A Presidency Revealed delves unflinchingly into the presidency of John F. Kennedy, examining the political crises, social unrest, and personal intricacies that marked his administration. What makes this three-part series stand out is its willingness to admit Kennedy's faults--in particular his troubled marriage, his infidelities, his illnesses, and his sometimes-excessive use of painkillers to cope with the pain of his bad back--as well as the missteps of his presidency, providing a strikingly balanced and human portrait of this all-too-often-mythologized president. Particularly revelatory is how the inexperience that resulted in the bungled Bay of Pigs operation led, in turn, to a far more skilled and careful handing of the Cuban missile crisis, in which the world came closer to nuclear war than ever before and perhaps ever since. A wealth of film, video, photographs, and previously unreleased secret recordings provide new insights into Kennedy's political and personal life (Kennedy was, as this documentary makes clear, the first president to really use the media to achieve his goals, launching an entirely new political forum)....Accompanying JFK: A Presidency Revealed are two episodes of A&E's Biography series--one a considerably more hero-worshipping profile of Kennedy that nonetheless provides worthwhile background information about his childhood and early career; the other a profile of JFK's father Joe P. Kennedy that explores the drive and ambition that set the entire Kennedy family on its political path. All in all, a valuable and informative document.

JFK  : The Age of the Kennedy PresidencyChatsworth, Calif. : AIMS Media, [199-?]  1 videodisc (26 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in. + 1 interactive discussion guide.  E842 .J45 199u Video (12 inch) disc  : Beginning with the 1960 presidential campaign, this program uses news footage, quotes and commentary to analyze the challenges that Kennedy faced and the achievements that he made during his short but memorable term in office.

JFK, Hoffa, and the mob / a presentation of the Documentary Consortium ; produced by Charles C. Stuart ; written by Charles C. Stuart & Jack Newfield ; directed by Charles C. Stuart, John Baynard ; a Stuart Television production for Frontline ; produced by WGBH Boston.  [S.l.] : PBS Home Video/Pacific Arts, c1992.  1 VHS videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.  Library of Michigan Audiovisual Collection E 842.9 .J43 1992 : Discusses the theory that Jimmy Hoffa and members of the Mafia conspired to assassinate President Kennedy.

Jimmy Carter  / a production of WGBH Boston ; written, produced and directed by Adriana Bosch.  [Alexandria, VA.] : distributed by PBS Home Video, 2006, c2002.   1 DVD videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. and b & w ; 4 3/4 in.  E873 .J56 2006 VideoDVD : Years after his failed presidency, Jimmy Carter remains a fascinating bundle of contradictions. Arguably one of the most ineffectual of recent presidents, he has also achieved a stunningly effective post-presidential career as an international peace negotiator. In the first part of this 160-minute documentary, Carter shows equal parts humility and hubris as he starts his military career at Annapolis, meets Rosalynn, leaves the military to run the farm after his father's death, fails in his first gubernatorial bid, succeeds in his second, and is whisked into the White House. The second part follows the rapid disintegration of his presidency with the Bert Lance scandal and inflation, concluding with failed attempts to free the Iranian hostages. Linda Hunt narrates and an impressive series of public figures--Rosalynn and son Chip, former Press Secretary Jody Powell, Walter Mondale, even the disgraced Lance--add their two cents. Carter's acceptance of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize is noted in a printed postscript.

John & Abigail Adams  :  Love and Liberty (2005) / produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for A & E Network ; writer/producer, Jane Petrof.  New York : A & E Home Video : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, 2005, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col, b&w ; 4 3/4 in. E322 .J644 2005 VideoDVD : This is a wonderful Biography production, drawing upon a number of impressive Adams scholars and modern politicians (including David McCullough, Adams' most famous biographer; Joseph Ellis, author of Founding Brothers; a couple of Adams' descendants; and President George H.W. Bush). Not only does it tell the story of a vastly underappreciated Founding Father, it lauds his wife as an equal and contributing patriot in her own right. The story of John and Abigail Adams is really a unique one in American history; it is a great love story on two counts - love for one another and love for country. The production probably goes a little bit too far when it seems to imply that the Revolution may not have happened had John not met Abigail, but it does do a great service in righting the wrong that has all but expunged John Adams' name from the story of the Revolution. Today, he is remembered as the second President of the United States, and a rather poor one at that. Adams was clearly a very stubborn man, and his uncompromising insistence on doing what he thought was right did not make any friends among the politicians in Congress. Worst of all, he signed the Alien & Sedition Act (partly, this video suggests, at the urging of his wife who was tired of seeing him pilloried in the press), and this dangerous infringement on the rights of a free press has left a pretty dark stain on his record.

John & Abigail Adams (2005) / WGBH Boston.  [U.S.] : PBS Home Video : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment [c2006]  1 DVD  videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E322 .J6444 2006 VideoDVD : Relying heavily on the extraordinary correspondence between the second president and his wife, this joint biography sheds light not only on the characters of two remarkable people, but also on the tumultuous times through which they lived. John and Abigail Adams played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of their era: he was a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; she was an important eye-witness reporter during the Siege of Boston; he was an important war-time emissary to France. This American Experience video reminds us that the Founding Fathers - and Mothers - were not men and women of marble following a script that made independence and American national success a pre-ordained conclusion, but rather real, flawed, multi-dimensional people, who had no idea how things would turn out.  Part of the American Experience series.

John Adams  / HBO Films presents a Playtone production ; produced by David Coatsworth, Steven Shareshian ; executive producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman ; directed by Tom Hooper.  [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, c2008.  3 DVD videodiscs (ca. 501 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU College of Law Library VIDEO J : While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.  Cast : Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Danny Huston, John Bedford Lloyd, Justin Theroux, Ritchie Coster, Guy Henry, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Željko Ivanek, John Dossett, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Judith Magre, Steven Hinkle, Madeline Taylor, Neal Huff, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Hollander, Sarah Polley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Rufus Sewell, Samuel Barnett, Andrew Scott.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy  : a Celebration of His Life and Times   [Pleasantville, N.Y.] : Reader's Digest, 1990.  2 videodiscs (173 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  E842.1 .J6 1990 Video (12 inch) disc : A video biography of President Kennedy. Covers his school days at Choate and Harvard, military service in the Pacific, career as senator, marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier, and the 1960 presidential campaign, victory, and inauguration. Also reviews some of the challenges of the Kennedy presidency, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Berlin crisis, the race for space, civil rights demonstrations, and military escalations in Vietnam. Concludes with the assassination and funeral. Includes footage of family films which show the Kennedys at home in Hyannis Port, and in the White House.  Contents : The man who would be president, 1917-1956 -- The race for the White House, 1957-1961 -- The presidency and the legacy, 1961-1963.

Selected Documentaries, K-L

Kansas vs. Darwin / [presented by] Unconditional Films ; directed by Jeff Tamblyn ; produced by Jeff Tamblyn, Jeff Peak ; written by Jeff Tamblyn, Mark von Schlemmer.  [Harriman, NY] : New Day Films [distributor], [2008?].  1 DVD videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. KFK395.7.S34 K36 2008 VideoDVD  (Also available in Schaeffer Law Library) : Darwin's theory of evolution is challenged by a Midwestern school board. Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America's ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, the hearings provided a testing ground for the successful legal and political tactics that drive today's ongoing actions by anti-evolution organizations in the US and around the world. On the pro-evolution side, they inspired a worldwide boycott of the event by mainstream science. Kansas vs. Darwin reveals the fascinating and sometimes baffling personalities behind the spectacle, with exclusive footage of the hearings and revealing, in-depth interviews with the major figures on both sides. Never revealing their own opinions, the filmmakers allow the characters to fight it out, with emotionally polarizing and often humorous results. The witnesses at the hearings include anti-evolution scientists, educators, and even a middle-eastern journalist. Their opinions are refuted in interviews with their pro-evolution counterparts. More than a political documentary, Kansas vs. Darwin takes you to the dark heart of the culture wars, examining the confusing crossroads of politics, religion, science and education. The film is delineated by chapters that guide the exploration of its various themes, including the meaning of evolution as it affects man's sense of purpose, the definition of science, materialism vs. spirituality, and the responsibility of educators regarding the religious beliefs of their students. For more information.

The Kennedys : a co-production of WBGH/Boston and Thames Television, London. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c1992. 2 VHS videocassettes (240 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. E843 .K36 1992 Videocassette : Uses extensive interviews, still photographs and archival footage to explore the building of the Kennedy legend. Documents the political ascendency of the family headed by Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., examines the presidency of John F. Kennedy, and discusses the influence of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., on the careers of his sons.

Kent State  : The Day The War Came Home / produced by Partners in Motion and Single Spark Pictures for the Learning Channel and History Television ; executive producer, Mark Mori ; producer, Ron Goetz ; director, Chris Triffo.  [S.l.] : Single Park [i.e., Spark] Pictures, c2009.  1 DVD-R videodisc (47 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 study guide (1 p.)  LD4191.O72 K445 2000 VideoDVD : The definitive story is told here for the first time. The haunting photograph of Mary Vecchio poised in anguish over the body of a slain student. The fervor of the wounded student activist still consumed by the need for justice 30 years later. The former Guardsman living with a badge of shame few could imagine....Some choose to forget. Others fight to keep their bitter lessons alive for new generations . Try as they may, the entire cast of survivors cannot escape the questions and the accusations that fly as each anniversary comes and goes....A portrait of the pain shared by an entire nation. After 40 years, the blood stains are not forgotten....Featuring music by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane. Includes public performance rights.

Koch brothers exposed : [the 1% at its very worst] / Brave New Foundation presents a Robert Greenwald film ; produced and directed by Robert Greenwald.  Culver City, Calif. : Brave New Films, 2012.  1 DVD videodisc (approx. 55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  JK2356 .K63 2012 VIdeoDVD : A hard-hitting and revealing investigation of the 1% in America at its very worst. Koch Brothers Exposed is the latest film from Acclaimed Director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Iraq For Sale). From environmental pollution to their efforts to dismantle social security for working Americans, the Koch Brothers have launched a large network, attacking our American values.  Cover.

LBJ : a KERA Dallas production in association with David Grubin Productions ; presented by WGBH Boston, WNET New York, and KCET Los Angeles.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video [distributor], c1991.  2 VHS videocassettes (239 min.) : sd., col., with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.  E847 .L23 1991 Videocassette : Covers the span of Lyndon B. Johnson's political life from his early political career through his years of the presidency.

LBJ / PBS.  (Part of the American Experience series)  226 minutes.   Streaming video from American History in Video.

Life Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (1999)[Washington, D.C.] : C-SPAN ; West Lafayette, IN : C-SPAN Archives, c2009.  1 DVD-R videodisc (151 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E332 .L54 2009 VideoDVD : Historians and others describe the political career of the 3rd president of the United States, tour Monticello, VA, and answer questions called in by viewers.

Lincoln  / produced by VIXPIX Films Ltd. for the History Channel ; producers, Vikram Jayanti, Kinnereth Ellentuck ; director, Vikram Jayanti.  [Burlington, VT] : A & E Home Video ; New York : Distributed by New Video, [2006]  1 videodisc (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Movie Collection CN2 D0063182 VideoDVD     Also available as streaming video as part of the American History in Video collection     : Filmed as if through the president's own eyes, Lincoln goes deeper than any documentary has before to reveal the troubled depths behind the man known as the Great Emancipator.

Lincoln, his life and legacy  / A & E Televison Networks.  [New York] : A & E Televison Networks : Distributed by New Video, c2008.  4 videodiscs (ca. 8 hr., 36 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Movie Collection CT9 D0103523 VideoDVD  discs 1-4 : Celebrate the nation's sixteenth president. Presents a complex portrait of a man who many consider to be our greatest commander-in-chief, but who considered himself a lonely man. Brings to life the tumultuous time in which he led the country, some of his finest Civil War moments, and his final hours.  Package also includes : (1) Lincoln: Produced by VIXPIX Films Ltd for the History Channel ; director, Vikram Jayanti ; producers, Vikram Jayanti, Kinnereth Ellentuck. Originally produced c2005. (2) Man or myth: Produced by Kurtis Productions, Ltd., History Television Network Productions ; producer, Julianne Hill. Originally produced as an episode of the television series Investigating history, c2004. (3) Lincoln assassination: Produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for the History Channel ; producer and writer, H.D. Motyl. Originally produced as an episode of the television series Conspiracy?, c2004. (4) Sherman's march: Produced by JWM Productions, LLC for the History Channel ; director, producer and writer, Rick King. Originally produced c2007. (5) The hunt for John Wilkes Booth: Produced by Tom Jennings Productions for the History Channel ; producer, director, and writer, Tom Jennings. Originally produced c2007. Based on: American Brutus by Michael W. Kauffman.

The Lord is not on trial here today  / written, produced, directed and photographed by Jay Rosenstein ; a co-production of Jay Rosenstein, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Illinois Public Media. [Harriman, N.Y.] : New Day Films, c2010.  1 DVD videodisc (56:40 min.) sd., col. with b&w sequences, 4 3/4 in. KF4162 .L67 2010 VideoDVD  : The Peabody Award-winning story of how separation of church and state began in American public schools, and the courageous woman who made it happen. She was called "that awful woman" by her neighbors, and “that atheist mother” by newspapers across the country. Her friends stopped returning phone calls rather than risk speaking with her. She was branded a communist, and the Illinois State Legislature nearly outlawed her and her husband from ever working at the state university again. She received up to 200 letters a day, some of the writers claiming they would pray for her; many wishing for much worse.... All because, in 1945, Vashti McCollum would file a historic lawsuit that would forever change the relationship between religion and public school in America – and turn this young housewife from central Illinois into an unlikely champion of the separation of church and state.... The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that tells the compelling personal story of the late Vashti McCollum, and how her efforts to protect her ten year-old son led to one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history - the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools. The case is little-known by the contemporary American public, yet the McCollum decision continues to have important ramifications for current conflicts over the role of religion in public institutions - from displays of the Ten Commandments in government buildings to student-led prayers at public school graduation ceremonies....The film recounts what Vashti McCollum later described as "three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred," and the dramatic legal maneuverings that led to a decision that shocked the nation and made the McCollums a household name. "Beautifully researched" according to the Peabody Awards, perhaps one reviewer described it best: "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (tells) a little-known story of a woman, a court case, and a movement that changed American society forever."

Selected Documentary Films, M-N

All documentary films are located in the Digital and Multimedia Center unless otherwise indicated.

Mandate : the President and the people[Philadelphia, Penn.] : Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, c2006.  1 DVD videodisc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JK511 .M35 2006 VideoDVD : Narrated by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, Mandate examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through FDR--Annenberg Classroom website.

Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-1962 (YouTube) Part 1.

Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-62 (YouTube) Part 2.

Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-62 (YouTube) Part 3.

The Most Dangerous Man in America  : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009) / produced and directed by Judith Erlich, Rick Goldsmith ; written by Judith Erlich ... [et al.].  New York, NY : First Run Features, 2010.  1 DVD videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.   DS558 .M67 2010 VideoDVD : Co-winner of 2009 Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review (and one of their Five Best Documentaries of the Year), Winner of the Special Jury Award at IDFA, and now nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 concluded that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. A riveting story of how this one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president and Supreme Court. With Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Tony Russo, Howard Zinn, Hedrick Smith, John Dean, and, from the secret White House tapes, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who called Ellsberg "the most dangerous man in America."

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington / a Center for Asian American Media Production ; in association with Walking Iris Media ; producer [and] director, S. Leo Chiang. [New York] : New Day Films, c2012.. 1 VD videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.. 72 minutes.E184.V53 M57 2012 VideoDVD  : Republican Joseph Cao’s victory in a U.S. congressional race in a predominantly African American district in New Orleans was an upset. Cao, the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress, knew that his chance of reelection was slim, but the idealistic congressman thought his honesty and hard work would carry him through. This intriguing documentary follows Cao as he begins his term in Congress, following the 2008 election. The former priest staunchly opposes abortion, but in other issues, he leans toward the feelings of his constituents and fights for his district, still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Cao represents the needs of Louisiana fishermen. He is open and approachable in interviews, and as the lone Republican to support Obama’s health-care bill, he votes his conscience. Viewers will root for the personable congressman to win a second term in this inside look at Washington politics.

Nancy Reagan  : The Role of a Lifetime / a production of MacNeil/lLehrer Productions ; executive producer Susan L. Mills with senior PBS Newshour correspondent Judy Woodruff ; written, produced and directed by Mary Beth Durkin.  [United States] : PBS Distribution, [2011]  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E878.R43 N36 2011 VideoDVD : MacNeil-Lehrer Productions takes an intimate look at this complicated First Lady. Historians, White House staffers and advisors, family, and friends share their recollections of one of the most influential and controversial first ladies in American history.  Preview  available.

Nixon  : A Presidency Revealed / produced by Team Productions for the History Channel ; directed by David C. Taylor.  New York, NY : A & E Home Video, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (94 min.) : sd., b&w, col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E855 .N59 2007 VideoDVD  : One of America's most tragically flawed statesmen is comprehensively profiled in Nixon: A Presidency Revealed, an excellent History Channel documentary first broadcast in February 2007. The major strength of this 94-minute exposé lies in the number of high-ranking officials who are interviewed on the subject of Richard M. Nixon, his ill-fated presidency (1968-74), and its impact on American politics and society. Peabody Award-winning director David C. Taylor assembled an impressive lineup of participants who had a front-row seat to Nixon's rise and precipitous fall; included are Alexander Haig (Nixon's chief of staff during the Watergate scandal); former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Nixon's former deputy assistant Alexander Butterfield; former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee; and both John Dean and Charles Colson, whose roles in the Watergate cover-up are starkly contrasted with their own latter-day perspectives on Nixon's darkest hours. The film's other noteworthy asset is its access to previously unavailable film footage, documents, and audio tapes that dig deeper into Nixon's psyche than any previous documentaries were able to....More than three decades after Nixon resigned in disgrace, A Presidency Revealed lives up to its title by showing Nixon as a deeply insecure and introverted leader whose most revolutionary achievement (his re-opening of diplomatic relations with China) was darkly overshadowed by his penchant for rampant paranoia and deeply held resentments toward those he placed on his notorious list of "enemies." And while Nixon can justifiably be remembered as a progressive peacemaker ("too liberal" to be electable today, says former senator Bob Dole), this riveting program doesn't flinch when examining the secrecy, lies, cover-ups, and other abuses of power that led to Nixon's downfall. Better yet, this highly recommendable DVD also includes the 2000 History Channel program Inside the Presidency: Eisenhower vs. Nixon, an equally insightful examination of Nixon's vice presidency under Eisenhower in the 1950s--a turbulent and unflattering relationship (toward Nixon) that fostered Nixon's later, distrusting behavior in the Whit House. Taken together, these must-see programs are outstanding primers on the acquisition and abuse of political power, and both represent History Channel programming at its finest.

Selected Documentaries, O-R

Obama's deal : inside the battle for health care reform / a FRONTLINE Co-Production with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. ; produced by Michael Kirk, Jim Gilmore, Mike Wiser ; written and directed by Michael Kirk.  [S.l.] : PBS Video, c2010.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. RA395.A3 O23 2010 VideoDVD : Barack Obama promised change. Then he took on one of Washington's toughest issues: health care. During his first year in office, he found himself making one deal after another with Capitol Hill's powerful insiders - lobbyists and influential members of Congress. He angered his political base, watched his popularity sink, and nearly failed to pass the bill. Follow the story of the president's historic victory and watch this in-depth look at how the Obama administration operates. Originally produced for public television broadcast on Frontline on April 13, 2010.

Obama's war / a FRONTLINE Co-Production with RAINmedia, Inc.  [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Education Foundation ; [Virginia] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, c2009.   1 DVD videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  DS371.412 .O23 2009 VideoDVD : Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria, through interviews with the top U.S. commanders on the ground, embeds with U.S. forces, and fresh reporting from Washington, they examine U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan - a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.

October Fury / A & E Television Network.  New York : A & E Television Network ; New York New Video, 2002.  1 DVD videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E841 .O38 2002 VideoDVD : October Fury reveals that while the Kennedy Administration was negotiating with Khrushchev for the removal of missiles from Cuba, four Soviet subs, each armed with nuclear torpedoes, were stalking U.S. Navy vessels in the Caribbean.

One Woman, One Vote  (1995) / an Educational Film Center production for the American Experience ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; WGBH Boston ; written and produced by Ruth Pollak ; co-producer and writer, Felicia M. Widmann  [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [2005]  1 DVD videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  JK1896 .O53 2005 VideoDVD  : How could America call itself the world's greatest democracy, but continue to deny the right to vote to more than half of its citizens? This program documents the struggle which culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Witness the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage. Discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women's vote would ignite a social revolution.

Original Intent : The Battle for America / a Majestic Light production.  New York : Filmaker's Library, [2008].  1 DVD videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. w/ b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  KF4552 .O75 2008 VideoDVD : "Original Intent is the judicial philosophy promoted by President George W. Bush and Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Originalists believe the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted in the way the Founding Fathers understood it in 1789 -- an era when only white men were allowed to vote and slavery was legal. Others believe the Constitution was crafted in broad, open-ended language and that its meaning evolves over time. Originial Intent: The Battle for America argues that the far right is using originalism as a cover to advance a radically conservative political agenda"

Point of Order / a New Yorker Films Release ; a Point Films production ; produced by Emile de Antonio, Daniel Talbot ; [directed by Emile de Antonio].  New York, NY : New Yorker Video, c1998.  1 VHS videocassette (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. UB23 .P56 1998 Videocassette : For five incredible weeks, millions of Americans tuned in to watch as U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy's crusade to expose Communist subversion in the U.S. Army, backfired against the pressure of televised media. With Roy Cohn at his side, McCarthy's innuendos and unsubstantiated claims against the Army were no match for Army Special Counsel, Joe Welch. The meek and mild spoken Welch unmasked McCarthyism and further pushed Joe McCarthy into political oblivion.

Powers of the President / ABCNews Interactive ; [producer, Amy Thornton]; with Ted Koppel.  [New York, N.Y.] : American Broadcasting Companies, c1991.  1 videodisc (52395 fr.) : sd., col. ; 12 in. + 1 guidebook (v, 152 p. ; 28 cm.) + 5 identical activity sheets.  JK516 .P62 1991 Video (12 inch) disc : Examines the powers of the President as defined by the Constitution of the United States, and shows a specially recorded interview with President Jimmy Carter, providing first-hand knowledge about the President's role and responsibility to the nation, as well as the country's expectation of the President (Side 1). Reviews the duties of the President not specifically defined by the Constitution, as a world leader, manager of the nation's economy, leader of a national political party, and ultimately the voice of the people. Concludes with a special message by President Carter to students about how they can participate in the democratic institutions (Side 2).

Presidential libraries : history uncovered / C-SPAN.  [Washington, D.C.] : National Cable Satellite Corporation ; [West Lafayette, IN : C-SPAN Video Library], c2007.  12 videodiscs (24 hrs. 58 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in., plus an additional overview disc.  CD3029.82 .P74 2007 VideoDVD  1-13 : A twelve part series featuring the libraries of the modern presidents that are part of the presidential libraries system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Each presents an overview of the life and career of the president drawing from the film and sound recordings, letters, documents and artifacts held by the libraries. Library officials give guided tours of the libraries and respond to telephone calls and electronic mail. Richard Norton Smith, the series historian and consultant, participates from the studio in Washington, D.C.

Reagan  / a producton of WGBH Boston for American Experience.  [Washington, D.C.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2004.  2 DVD videodiscs (263 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E176.1 .R434 2004 VideoDVD  discs 1-2 : Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited Moscow in 1988, but his dream ofending the Soviet Union came after retirement in 1989. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  For the moment, Reagan is also available online.

The Republicans (American Experience) / a co-production of WGBH-Boston and PBS.  PBS : WGBH ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2000.  4 videodiscs (9 hr.) : col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Film Collection AF2 D0011008 VideoDVD  discs 1-4  : They are standart-bearers of the Grand Old Party and symbols of America to the world, and itself, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan are the subjects of probing biographies that add new detail and dimension to their lives and times. Using rare archival footage and photographs, interviews with family members, friends, adversaries, and eyewitnesses, and excerpts from correspondence and diaries, these films explore how a nation and its leaders answered their eras unique challenges.

Richard Nixon  : man and president / executive producer, Lisa Zeff ; produced and written by Alan Goldberg ; A&E director, documentary programming, Bill Harris ; A&E executive producer, Michael Cascio ; produced by ABC News Productions in association with A&E Network.  [New York] : A&E Home Video, c1996.  1 VHS videocassette (approx. 100 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.  MSU College of Law Library Reserve Video R :  With rare scrapbook photos and interviews with close friends and observers, the video draws a fresh and compelling portrait of one of the most intriguing political figures of this century.

Richard Nixon's visit to China, 1972[Washington, D.C.] : National Archives, [2010]  1 DVD-R videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E856 .R55 2010 VideoDVD : This film from the CIA Film Library covers President Richard Nixon's visit to Beijing and the Great Wall in China in 1972. Includes reports from NBC news reporters.

Ronald Reagan  : A Legacy Remembered (2002) / Team Video Productions, LLC for the History Channel ; producers, Jim Connor, Laura Seltzer.    New York, N.Y. : A&E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, [2003], c2002.   1 DVD videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. E877 .R6633 2003 VideoDVD : This dvd uses interviews with Reagan's family, cabinet members, and political peers (including Mikhail Gorbachev) to paint a personal portrait as much as a political one. Home movies and photographs give clues into his difficult childhood and young adulthood, while a vast body of archival footage captures his film and television career (including commercials, in which he pitched appliances with the same smooth style he would later apply to the Republican agenda) and his political rise from governor of California to president of the United States. The program argues that Reagan was more than a handsome face mouthing the words of others, but also concedes that he led with big ideas (Communism must be destroyed, taxes must be cut) and had little interest in the details. However, the deep affection everyone around him felt is evident in every interview.

Ronald Reagan  : The Many Lives / produced by CEL Communications, Inc. in association with A & E Network ; producer/director, Maurice Paleau ; writer, Larry Sheehan.  New York : A & E Home Video, c1991.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  E877 .R663 1991 Videocassette : "He was the oldest man ever elected to the U.S. Presidency, but he brought a vigor and vision to the office that revitalized the spirit of the nation. Ronald Reagan's ascension from humble roots to his triumphs in the White House is one of the most improbable and inspiring life stories of this century. Follow his remarkable journey from childhood to his careers as a sportscaster, movie actor, TV star, President of the Screen Actors' Guild, and Governor of California".

The Roosevelts : an intimate history / a film by Ken Burns.  [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2014]   7 DVD videodiscs (approximately 840 minutes) : sound, color with black & white segments ; 4 3/4 in.  E302.6.R795 R667 2014 VideoDVD  Discs 1-7 : Chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, 14 hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage, and the conquest of fear.

Selected Documentary Films, S-Z

All documentary films are located in the Digital and Multimedia Center unless otherwise indicated.

Sandburg's Lincoln  : the complete mini-series event / The Wolper Organization ; Warner Bros. Pictures ; produced and directed by George Schaefer.  [United States] : Mill Creek Entertainment, [2011]  2 videodiscs (ca. 4 hrs., 58 min.) : sd. col. ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Movie Collection CX2 D0141894 VideoDVD  discs 1-2

Senator Obama Goes to Africa / First Run Features ; directed by Bob Hercules ; produced by Bob Hercules and Keith Walker ; a Media Process Group production. [New York] : First Run Features, 2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E901.1.O23 S46 2007 VideoDVD : Senator Barak Obama travels to the land of his ancestry. From South Africa to Kenya to a Darfur refugee camp in Chad, Obama explores the vast continent that is gaining increasing importance in this age of globalization.

Sicko  / Weinstein Company presents a Dog Eat Dog Films production ; executive producers, Kathleen Glynn, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein ; producer, Meghan O'Hara ; written, produced and directed by Michael Moore.  New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Co. Home Entertainment : Distributed by Genius Products, LLC, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  RA395.A3 S515 2007 VideoDVD : Filmmaker Michael Moore critiques the American health care system, focusing especially on the HMOs, drug companies, and congressmen who profit from the status quo. Also includes an analysis of the health care systems in Canada, England, France and Cuba, where free universal health care is the norm.

Slacker Uprising  / written and directed by Michael Moore ; producer, Monica Hampton ; Dog Eat Dog Films. [Culver City, Calif.] : Brave New Films, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JK1764 .S5445 2007 VideoDVD : "Traces Michael Moore's 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election... Moore's goal was to convince millions of non-voting 'slackers' - mostly between the ages of 18-29 - to give voting a try".

Sold American  / a documentary film by Richard Boehm.  Costa Mesa, Calif. : Dark Hollow Films ; Richard Boehm Films, [2010]  1 DVD videodisc (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. HV5822.M3 S66 2010 VideoDVD : In the late 1970's and early 1980's, a new set of pioneers came to Mendocino, Humboldt, and Nevada Counties in California.  Within just a few years, they would prove to have as great an effect on the state and nation's agriculture, economy, and culture as their more famous contemporaries, the vintners to the south. SOLD AMERICAN is their story....This documentary reveals the methods, self-sufficient and often very basic lifestyles, motivations, fetes, risks, and economics of the secretive colony of first-generation growers of high-grade cannabis for the market. Plus, interviews with law enforcement, government officials, and local townspeople offer a variety of perspectives on their presence. What emerges is an insightful and often funny account of how lawbreakers, law enforcement, and the community in between deal with each other....SOLD AMERICAN is the reality, without the haze of nostalgia or justifications in hindsight, but of great significance to our world of medical marijuana, decriminalization, and proposals for legalization and taxation.

The Speeches Collection New York, NY : MPI Home Video, 2002.  2 DVD videodisc (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PS668 .S644 2002 VideoDVD  videoDVD 1-2 : The speeches of John F. Kennedy.--The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr..--The speeches of Gerald Ford.--The speeches of Ronald Reagan.

Teddy Roosevelt  : an American lion / produced by Greystone Communications for the History Channel ; produced, written and directed by David DeVries.   New York, NY : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, 2003.  2 DVD videodiscs (200 min.) : sd., col. with b&w ; 4 3/4 in.   E757 .T43 2003 VideoDVD : A sickly, asthmatic child who became a world adventurer and renowned politician, with jobs ranging from cowboy to Police Commissioner of New York City to the 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt contained almost literary contradictions: He was both a social reformer who fought the abusive power of corporate monopolies and an advocate for war who sought to extend American power across the globe. The History Channel's enormous biography Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion follows this prickly personality from such low points as the death of his mother and first wife on the same day to his rapid political rise to his tumultuous presidency (which was launched by the assassination of President McKinley and included trust-breaking, labor conflicts, environmental reform, brokering an end to war between Russia and Japan, and setting in motion the Panama Canal) to his failed attempt at creating a third political party. It's fascinating viewing, told through photographs, films from the time, dramatizations, and interviews with Roosevelt's descendants, academics, and former President Bill Clinton.

Thomas Jefferson  / a Florentine Films production ; produced by Ken Burns [and] Camilla Rockwell ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced in association with WETA-TV, Washington.  [Alexandria, Va.?] : PBS Home Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2001, c1997.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 3 hr.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences, digital ; 4 3/4 in. E332 .T38 2001 VideoDVD : Takes a look at the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, as he comes from the Virginia wilderness to lead in the establishment of a new government, and becomes an ambassador, and finally president.  A Ken Burns production.

Time for peace, 1972[Washington, D.C.] : National Archives, [2009?]  1 DVD-R videodisc (27 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E856 .R56 2009 VideoDVD : Documents President Nixon's 1972 trips to the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union, Iran, Poland and Austria. Highlights include exchanges of toasts by Mr. Nixon and Chou En-Lai and the signing of five major agreements by the President and Russian leaders concerning cooperation in environmental protection, medicine, space, science and technology, use of the seas and other commercial relations"

The Torture Question (2005) / written, produced and directed by Michael Kirk ; a Frontline coproduction with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. ; WGBH Educational Foundation. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c2005.  1 DVD videodisc (approx. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  DS79.76 .T67 2005 VideoDVD  Also available as 85 minutes streaming video.  : In "The Torture Question", FRONTLINE traces the history of how decisions made in Washington in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11 -- including an internal administration battle over the Geneva Conventions -- led to a robust interrogation policy that laid the groundwork for prisoner abuse in Afghanistan; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Iraq.

TR : The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (2006) / [presented by] PBS ; written by David Grubin & Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by David Grubin ; a David Grubin Productions, Inc. film for American Experience ; WGBH Boston.  [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2006, c1996.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 225 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. E757 .T75 2006 VideoDVD  : He personified America at the turn of the last century--confident, exuberant, involving-but suffered from hidden demons. He was Teddy Roosevelt, or TR, heroic figure of boundless energy and bleak emotions. Family letters and diaries, authentic film footage and interviews with family members and others profile an ambitious man: fearless in combat, loving and generous with family, and unafraid to take on powerful financial interests.

TR / PBS.  (Part of the American Experience series)  218 minutes.  Streaming video from American History in Video.

Truman (2006) / produced, written, and directed by David Grubin.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, 2006.  2 DVD videodiscs (260 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  E814 .T78 2006 VideoDVD  1-2 : Ponder the dilemmas faced by the plain-speaking politician from Missouri. Thrust suddenly into the presidency, Harry Truman faced down some of the greatest crises of our time. Track the unlikely rise of an American original who ended the Second World War, used the atomic bomb on Japan and confronted the expanding Soviet threat. Part of the American Experience series.

Truman / PBS.  (Part of the American Experience series)  254 minutes.  Streaming video from American History in Video.

Selected Documentaries, U-Z

Ulysses S. Grant  : Warrior, President (2002) / production of WGBH Boston.  [Alexandria, VA] : PBS, [2009]  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 220 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  E672 .U49 2009 VideoDVD : With racial rioting common under Andrew Johnson, Grant's views on former slaves evolved; all freedoms should be extended to African Americans, he said. Elected president in 1868, Grant faced issues of Reconstruction, industrial revolution, and the need for a workable Indian policy. His blind trust of advisors brought him scandal and failure. Financially ruined after office, Grant spent his final days writing his best-selling memoirs.

Unconstitutional : The War On Our Civil Liberties (2004) / Robert Greenwald presents a Public Interest Pictures production in association with Pyedog Productions ; written, produced, and directed by Nonny de la Peña. New York, N.Y. : The Disinformation Company, c2004.  1 videodisc (68 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. E902 .U536 2004 VideoDVD : Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties is the new, hour-long documentary from Robert Greenwald – one of the most prolific and progressive producers in Hollywood – in conjunction with the ACLU. This new film, written, directed and produced by Nonny de la Peña, details the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed and rolled back since 9/11 and the USA Patriot Act. Autumn of 2001 brought us assaults against Americans' comfort zone on many fronts. We learned that we could fall victim to attacks on US soil, and we learned that those guarantees provided to us in the Constitution were equally vulnerable. ...Unconstitutional is the third in a series of Public Interest Pictures films that follows Unprecedented: The 2000 Election and Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War. True to their legacy, Unconstitutional provides the facts and stories that illuminate administration lies, wrongheaded policies and the real victims of these actions – the American people....Here, you'll get the real story behind the USA PATRIOT Act and other administration policies and the gut wrenching stories behind those affected – from law abiding sales clerks to United States Olympians unable to travel. It'll remind you of what America used to stand for and what it seems we're falling for now. In short, this film will affirm why you're angry and give you a tool to help others join your ranks.

Uncovered : The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (2004) / Moveon.org and the Center for American Progress in association with Artists United. New York : Disinformation Co., c2004.  1 DVD videodisc (56 min. + 34 min. bonus footage) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DS79.76 .U52 2004 VideoDVD : This controversial and arresting film offers an in-depth look at the actual arguments, speeches and spin given by President Bush and his senior advisors before, during, and after the Iraq invasion. • Watch as they rely on rhetoric in lieu of hard evidence to justify a war. • Listen to their justifications change to accommodate certain inconvenient and very relevant facts (such as the continued inability to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction). • Go behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service experts speak out, many for the first time, detailing the lies, misstatements, and exaggerations that served as the reasons to fight a "preemptive" war that wasn't necessary. ...Contains compelling footage of Bush, Rice, Cheney, Powell, and others painting a very clear picture of the distorted intelligence and "spin and hype" presented to Congress, the United Nations, and the American people. Those interviewed include former Ambassador Joe Wilson, weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and David Albright, former Director of CIA Stansfield Turner, former Asst. Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle, anti-terrorism expert Rand Beers, former CIA analysts Ray McGovern and Mel Goodman, former CIA operative Robert Baer, and Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn....Even those who supported the war should be deeply concerned about the way information was misused – the time has come for the truth to be heard.

The Unelected: Lobbies and the Media.  Alexandra, VA : PBS Video, 1996.  1 VHS videocassette (120 min.) : sd. col. ; 1/2 in. JK1118 .U7 1996 Videocassette : This program asserts that the press and special interest groups have grown into a shadow government that often changes the national agenda and the standards of political debate.

Unprecedented : The 2000 Presidential Election / Robert Greenwald presents ; a Los Angeles Independent Media Center Film ; in association with Altervision Films ; produced by Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Pérez ; directed by Richard Ray Pérez, Joan Sekler ; written by William Haugse, Richard Ray Pérez, Joan Sekler.  Los Angeles : Shout Factory ; New York : Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JK526 .U57 2002 VideoDVD : The riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America....From the moment the polls opened, it was painfully clear that something was wrong. While the media seized on the controversy surrounding the poorly designed “Butterfly Ballot” much larger civil rights abuses were overlooked....Focusing on events leading up to election day and the attempt to count legally cast votes in the days that followed, Unprecedented examines a suspicious pattern of irregularities, injustices and voter purges—all in a state governed by the winning candidate’s brother. In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Florida Court, halting the recount and casting doubt on the outcome of the 2000 Presidential Election....Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is a cautionary tale, warning us that we must insist our elections be conducted in a manner above reproach, that all legitimate voters may exercise their franchise, and all legal votes must be counted. Anything less undermines our faith in democracy.  Trailer.

War Made Easy : How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death (2008) / a presentation of the Institute for Public Accuracy ; a Media Education Foundation production ; written and directed by Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp ; produced by Loretta Alper. New York : Disinformation Co. Ltd., c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  PN4784.W37 W37 2008 VideoDVD  : Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, who traveled with Penn to Baghdad just before the war to call attention to the dangers of a U.S. invasion, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. With remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, the documentary exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell one war after another to the American people....Giving special attention to parallels between Vietnam and Iraq, WAR MADE EASY sets government spin and media collusion from the present alongside virtually identical patterns from the past, guided by Solomon s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis. Rare footage of political leaders and journalists from the past includes Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer. According to Solomon, whose work has been praised by The Los Angeles Times as brutally persuasive, the positive attention the film has received may indicate a new willingness to counter years of pro-war media spin and government deception. These deep patterns of ongoing perception management must be demystified and decoded if we're going to move beyond the horrors of perpetual war, he said. The way War Made Easy is being embraced could be an important step in that direction....An Official Selection of 2007 s International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and the 2007 Montreal and Vancouver International Film Festivals, WAR MADE EASY, directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, is an invaluable introduction to war propaganda and public relations that transcends partisan politics, and raises serious questions about the role of journalism and political communication in our society.

War on whistleblowers : free press and the national security state / Brave New Foundation presents a Robert Greenwald film ; produced and directed by Robert Greenwald ; produced by Jim Miller..  Brave New Films, 2013.  DVD.  66 minutes.  JF1525.W45 W37 2013 VideoDVD : New Robert Greenwald doc highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrongdoing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press. Includes interviews with whistleblowers Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayland Thomas Tamm and award-winning journalists like David Carr, Lucy Dalglish, Glenn Greenwald, Seymour Hersh, Michael Isikoff, Bill Keller, Eric Lipton, Jane Mayer, & more.  Cover.

The War Room (1993) / Pennebaker Associates Inc. ; McEttinger Films.  Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  JK526 .W37 2004 VideoDVD  : Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus shot behind-the-scenes at command central for Bill Clinton's 1992 election campaign and came up with this film. You won't find the kind of daily damage-control and skirt-chasing indirectly alleged in Primary Colors, but the filmmakers do give us a strong sense of the uphill battle of a presidential campaign. The center of the film is really James Carville, who steered the machine for Clinton's '92 run and who comes across in this film as a deeply passionate, complex, and somehow timeless man who could have fit into any chapter of American history. Cast : James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala, Bob Boorstin.

We steal secrets : the story of Wikileaks / Focus World presents a Jigsaw/Global Produce production ; an Alex Gibney film ; produced by Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney, Alexis Bloom ; written and directed by Alex Gibney. [United States] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2013    1 DVD videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JF1525.S4 W4 2011 VideoDVD :  From Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Paralleling Assange’s rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a “riveting, nail-bitingly tense” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly), multi-layered exposé about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.

Why We Fight (2005) / Sony Pictures Classics presents a Charlotte Street Film ; produced for BBC Storyville in association with Arte and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; produced by Eugene Jarecki, Susannah Shipman; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.  Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : anamorphic, sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  DS79.76 .W49 2006 VideoDVD : Why We Fight is the provocative new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival....Named after the series of short films by legendary director Frank Capra that explored America’s reasons for entering World War II, Why We Fight surveys a half-century of military conflicts, asking how – and answering why – a nation of, by and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a government system whose survival depends on an Orwellian state of constant war....The Why We Fight DVD features interviews and observations by a "who’s who" of military and Washington insiders including Senator John McCain, Gore Vidal, and Dan Rather. Beginning with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s prescient 1961 speech warning of the rise of the "military industrial complex," Why We Fight moves far beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why America seemingly is always at war. What are the forces – political, economic, and ideological – that drive us to clash against an ever-changing enemy? Just why does America fight? Unforgettable, powerful and at times disturbing, Why We Fight on DVD will challenge viewers long after the last fade-out. 

Wisconsin rising / Lower Third Productions presents ; a film by Sam Mayfield ; director, producer, camera, editor, Sam Mayfield. Oakland, CA : PM Press, [2014].   1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  HD6517.W5 W57 2014 VideoDVD : Documents the largest sustained workers' resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers' rights when newly-elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state's public employees.  Collecting more than one million signatures, the people attempt to oust Scott Walker in a recall election. He is only the third governor in American history to face a recall election and is the first to survive.   What will the people of Wisconsin do in the face of these perceived injustices? How will the citizens rebuild and reorganize, and what can the rest of America learn from their actions?  More information.

Woodrow Wilson (2002) / a KCET Hollywood Production in association with Red Hill Productions for American Experience ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; directed by Carl Byker & Mitch Wilson ; written by Carl Byker & David Mrazek.  Alexandria, Va. : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2004.  2 DVD videodiscs (approx. 260 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  E767 .W663 2004 VideoDVD  1-2: A gifted orator, Woodrow Wilson was supremely confident before crowds, yet uneasy in small groups. An intellectual with inflexible moral principles, he led America into World War I, threatening all that he cherished. This miniseries recalls the transformation of a history professor into one of America's greatest presidents, brought down by his stubborn search for peace and an incapacitating stroke. Narrated by Linda Hunt. Over 90 minutes of additional materials including featurettes on Civil Rights, Suffrage, and Third Party Politics. Part of the American Experience series.

XXI Century  / a documentary by Gabriele Zamparini and Lorenzo MeccoliOley, Pa. : Bullfrog Films, c 2003. 2 DVD videodiscs (385 min.) E902 .T94 2003 VideoDVD : A documentary film that tries to give some perspective and context to the events that have transpired since the 2000 presidential election and 9/11. To this end the filmmakers met with intellectuals, journalists, university professors, writers, historians, civil rights workers, religious leaders, anti-war activists and others.  Features: Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Arno Mayer, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Scott Ritter, Susan Sarandon, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Nelson Mandela, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu, The Nation, Ramsey Clark, Danny Glover, Angela Davis, Jessica Lange, Greg Palast, Ossie Davis, American Civil Liberties Union, Indymedia, Al Sharpton, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Democracy Now!, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, FAIR, Pacifica Foundation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, MediaChannel, Not in Our Name, International ANSWER and many other voices of dissent.

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