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America in the 20th Century: The Civil Rights Movement (90:00)A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr. will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined.
LBJ and Vietnam: In the Eye of the Storm (90:00)Taking office after Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson inherited an administration that was committed to a war half a world away. Eventually, the weight of that burden brought America to its knees and toppled LBJ’s presidency. This A&E Special offers an extraordinary inside view of a presidency in crisis and the personal torment of a man torn between completing the task at hand and the unbearable cost of doing so. Much of the material in this revelatory program comes from formerly secret audiotapes Johnson made of phone conversations, discussions, and cabinet meetings. In them, Johnson, Cyrus Vance, Robert McNamara, and other key administration officials discuss strategies, argue the pros and cons of continuing the fight or accepting defeat, and debate the mounting domestic problems associated with the war. A&E.
The Presidents: 1945-1977 (45:00)This program covers the period in American history presided over by Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. Defining issues of these presidencies include the dropping of the first atomic bombs, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK’s assassination, the first lunar landing, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal. A&E. A part of the series The Presidents.
Series: America in the 20th CenturyThis 13-part series documents the history of the United States—and celebrates America’s diversity—from the turn of the 20th century to the 1960s and beyond. Pivotal events unfold and key figures live again through archival video clips and photos, period recordings, full-color maps, and other primary source materials, while striking graphics and engaging narration contextualize the history of yesteryear, making it relevant to 21st-century students. 13-part series, 29-132 minutes each.
Series: A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill MoyersCountless observers have attempted to make sense of the last century—a time of rampant technological change, wild economic fluctuations, two world wars, two remarkable Roosevelts, and at least two homicidal dictators bent on world domination. Only a few historians and journalists have succeeded in developing a full-fledged portrayal of the period, and no one has woven a tapestry of greater depth and richness than Bill Moyers, the driving force behind this classic 19-part series. Brimming with archival images and footage and derived from exacting research, these programs nevertheless have little to do with the charts and timelines of routine history lessons. Instead, they represent both a shrewd analysis of major events and a poetic chronicle of the century’s human currents. They are Moyers in top form. 19-part series, 52-83 minutes each.
Series: JFKBeginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history.
Series: Year by Year: 1929-1967The series Year by Year examines and explains major events, occurrences, and trends of the 20th century. A&E. 39-part series, 45 minutes each.
Series: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn NovickTHE VIETNAM WAR, an immersive ten-part, eighteen hour documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film. Not Edited for Television.
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BlacKkKlansmanIn the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today's tumultuous world
Green Bookuring the nineteen sixties, a bouncer, whose nightclub closes for renovations, finds a temporary employment as a driver for black pianist Don Shirley going on a tour into the Deep South states.
On the Basis of SexInspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsbury, Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.