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Alexander Hamilton (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) – DV-Disc E 302.6 H2 A44 2007 / 2007 120 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
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 power, scandal, and tragedy.

America: The Story of US – DV-Disc E 178 A44 2010 / 2010 9 hrs. 12 min. color Languages: English (1. Rebels, Revolution, Westward, Division, Bonus 2. Civil War, Heartland, Cities, Boom, Bonus 3. Bust, World War II, Superpower, Millennium)
A riveting adventure of how America was invented. 'America the story of us' focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more.

The American Republic (THE WESTERN TRADITION #38) -- V-Cass CB 245 W477 1989 pt.38 / 1989 27 min. color
The two strands of political thought exemplified by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence and Alexander Hamilton in the Constitution wove the fabric of a new nation. Discusses universal freedoms and the republican virtues of rational, enlightened harmony.

The American Revolution (THE WESTERN TRADITION #37) -- V-Cass CB 245 W477 1989 pt.37 / 1989 28 min. color
From the moment of its discovery, America became a symbol of European dreams and ideals. Yet by the 18th century, the British colonies in America became restive under restrictions imposed by England.

Stream: Founding Mothers / 2005 45 min.
In this A&E Special, Emmy Award–winning journalist Cokie Roberts—author of Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation—sheds light on female contributions to the American Revolution. Women from a diverse range of backgrounds are spotlighted, including First Lady Abigail Adams; Deborah Sampson, who fought in the Continental Army under her dead brother’s name; and Elizabeth Freeman, formerly a slave called Mum Bett who in suing for freedom set a precedent that led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.

Liberty or Death – DV-Disc F 230 P44 2007 / 2007 57 min. color Languages: English
The story of the great patriot, Patrick Henry, before the American Revolution including his famous proposed resolution at the Second Virginia Convention, held at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, in March of 1775.

The Patriot – DV-Disc PN 1997 P367 2000 / 2000 165 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French
A hero of the French and Indian conflict, Benjamin Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. However, when British troops arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger his family, he takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel.

The Roots of Democracy (AMERICAN HISTORY 1700's) -- V-Cass E 178 R66 1980z / 60 min. color
The dynamic forces which shaped America are revealed here in studies of the economy and the beliefs of the foresighted men who drafted the Constitution and gave us the Bill of Rights.

Sacred Fire of Liberty: The Ballad of the American Revolution – V-Cass M 1631 S23 1987 / 1987 60 min. color
Live performance of American Revolutionary Songs by the HERITAGE ENSEMBLE, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Where America Began: Jamestown, Colonial Willimasburg, Yorktown -- V-Cass F 234 W7 W43 1988 / 60 min. color
Intertwined with a tour, this program features an impressive collection of historical paintings, battlefield re-enactments, and Willilamsburg restoration footage, all of which combine to tell the story and show the historical continuity of these three Virginian towns.

Williamsburg - The Story of a Patriot (COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG) -- V-Cass F 234 W7 W686 1980z / 1957 36 min. color
The story of John Fry, a Virginia plantation owner newly elected to the colony's governing House of Burgesses, through whose eyes the events leading up to the Revolutionary War are shown.

 

Brigham Young – DV-Disc PN 1997 B76235 2003 / 1940 112 min. b&w Languages: English Subtitles: English, Spanish
The story of the Mormon pioneers' long wagon train west to the Salt Lake Valley, led by Brigham Young.

Crossings to the West (A PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF UTAH) – V-Cass F 826 P46 v.6 / 1988 29 min. color
Explains the Geo‑political conditions in the West as of 1847. Major wagon routes are pointed out, and the hardships of the early crossings of Utah by westering migrants, such as the Bartleson‑Bidwell Company and the ill‑fated Donner‑Reed party among others, are described. Also, the explorations in the Utah area by John C. Fremont are included.

A New Land (A PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF UTAH) – V-Cass F 826 P46 v.7 / 1988 27 min. color
The 1847 migration was well‑planned, orderly and without incident. The Salt Lake Valley was not an ideal site for settlement, but it did promise isolation. The new Mormon settlement was difficult but the pioneers benefited from several fortuitous circumstances: the valley was criss‑crossed by numerous small streams which were easy to dam, there were no resident Indian populations, the first winter was mild, and the Gold Rush brought supplies into the valley at critical times.

A Peculiar People (A PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF UTAH) – V-Cass F 826 P46 v.5 / 1988 30 min. color
Discusses Joseph Smith's martyrdom, the following succession crisis, and the exodus from Nauvoo with the journey to the Missouri. Chronicles the start of the Mormon journey to the West and emphasizes the considerable experience of the Mormons in the practical task of planting new settlements.

The Tops of the Mountains – V-Cass F 826 T66 1996 / 1996 110 min. color
An illustrated history of Utah.

Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail – DV-Disc F 593 T67 1997 / 1997 173 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
The story of the trek of 70,000 Mormons across the plains to the Great Basin.

Utah: The Struggle for Statehood – V-Cass F 826 U8677 1996 / 1996 285 min. color
Combines archival photographs, original footage, written records of early settlers, and interviews with historians and writers to retell the story of Utah's 50-year march to admission as the 45th state.

Big Bend National Park -- V-Cass F 392 B53 B5 1985z / 30 min.   color
Spanish explorers called it El Desplobado - the uninhabited land. The Apaches found security in it's remoteness. Discover the arroyos of the Chihuahuan desert, the panoramic overlooks of the Chisos mountains, and their diversity of wildlife.

Bryce & Zion National Parks – DV-Disc F 832 B9 B84 2000 / 1993 55 min. color Languages: English
Shows the stunning pinnacle formations and natural bridges of Bryce, and the mighty canyons and cliffs of Zion accented by colorful autumn beauty. Time lapse and aerial photography sequences are accompanied by classical music and natural sounds.

Canyonlands: America’s Wild West (THE LIVING EDENS) – V-Cass F 832 C37 C358 1999 / 1999 60 min. color
Deep in the vast American West lies a high, lonely land called the Colorado Plateau. Lying mostly in Utah, it extends south into Arizona and east into Colorado. In the very heart of the plateau lies a geologic spectacle where millions of years of exposure to weather, and the chiseling force of the Colorado River have created a labyrinth of pinnacles, chasms, arches, gorges and canyons ... This living Eden is a stark and untamed wilderness, home to an incredible array of creatures that embody the spirit of the West.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park -- V-Cass F 802 C28 C37 1987z / 53 min. color
Tour of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, with it's spectacular formations and crystal clear pools. As an added feature, you explore the nearby Guadelupe Mountains National Park with its towering peaks, forested canyons, and endless hiking trails.

Denali Wilderness (Denali National Park, Alaska) -- V-Cass QH 105 D46 1986z / 30 min. color

Presents a journey and adventure through the great Denali wilderness in Alaska and explores the fascinating lives of moose, wolf, caribou, grizzly bear, dall sheep and other creatures.

Echoes Through Time: Death Valley – DV-Disc F 868 D2 D34 2003 / 2003 54 min. color-b&w Languages: English, German
Introduction to the life and history of Death Valley.

Glacier National Park, Montana -- V-Cass F 737 G5 G52 1986 / 30 min. color
Tour of Glacier National Park, Montana, which is called the Land of Shining Mountains.

Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest & Painted Desert -- V-Cass F 788 G72 1980z / 45 min. color
A tour of the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert which includes the geological mysteries of the area and artifacts of the ancient Indian inhabitants.

Grand Teton National Park -- V-Cass F 767 T3 G73 1989 / 30 min. color
Explores the park's scenic wonders, wildlife and geology from a natural perspective.

Mesa Verde: Legacy of Stone and Spirit — V-Cass F 782 M52 M395 1997 / 1997 60 min. color
Discover the story of the pueblo builders who made a remote, high plateau their home in Mesa Verde.

Mt. Rushmore & the Black Hills (plus Wind Caves & The Badlands) -- V-Cass F 657 R8 M68 1985z / 30 min. color
Mt. Rushmore is the focal point for one of America's finest vacation lands - the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here you will see thriving herds of buffalo, deer, antelope, burro, and even prairie dog. Explore the gem-like formations of Wind Cave National Park, and the colorful buttes of Badlands National Monument. You will see Devil's Tower and Jewel Cave National Monuments and more!

The Mystery of Chaco Canyon – DV-Disc E 99 P9 M97 2003 / 1999 56 min. color Languages: English
An examination of the prehistoric remains found in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, which functioned as a complex ceremonial center, harmonized by extraordinary astronomical alignments of buildings and roads, and elegant light and shadow markings.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (Ken Burns) – DV-Dis E 160 N385 2009 / 2009 120 min. ea. color-b&w Languages: English, Spanish Subtitles: English, Spanish (1. The Scripture of Nature 2. The Last Refuge 3. The Empire of Grandeur 4. Going Home 5. Great Nature 6. The Morning of Creation)
Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.

National Parks of the Appalachians: Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah -- V-Cass F 443 G7 G73 1989 / 1989 60 min. color
Explore the main features of each park, including visits to Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Oconaluftee, Craggy Gardens, Linville Falls, Peaks of Otter, Skyline Drive, Big Meadows, Stony Man and much more.

Stream: Yellowstone National Parks / 2007 50 min.
Millions of visitors have seen Yellowstone’s bubbling mud pots and clockwork geysers, but 90% of the national park’s 2 million acres is barely touched, holding far more than what most people see. It’s a giant swath of terrain—much of it remote, some of it dangerous—but all of it commands awe and respect. Wolves, bison, and bears roam freely; an incredible number of waterfalls have been documented in recent years; and many more life-changing encounters with the natural world await the intrepid explorer.

Yosemite National Park: Seasons and Splendor -- V-Cass F 868 Y6 Y67 1985 / 40 min. color
Tour of Yosemite National Park, showing the park throughout the year. An endless array of waterfalls, the massive granite shapes of El Capitan and Half Dome, as well as the cathedral like groves of the Sequoia Giants.

 

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