History


New! Becoming Frederick Douglass 55 min.

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy U.S. history. A gifted writer and charismatic orator, it is estimated that more Americans heard Douglass speak than any other 19th-century figure — Black or white. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Nicole London, the film features the voice of actor Wendell Pierce as Douglass.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom 55 min.

Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout, nurse and spy. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Nicole London, the film is narrated by Emmy® Award-winner Alfre Woodard.

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New! Episode One: The Golden Door (Beginnings-1938) (The U.S. and the Holocaust) 128 min.

After decades of open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts the United States to pass laws restricting immigration. In Germany, Hitler finds support for his antisemitic rhetoric and the Nazis begin their persecution of Jewish people, causing many to flee to neighboring countries or America. FDR and other world leaders are concerned by the growing refugee crisis but fail to coordinate a response.

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New! Episode Three: The Homeless, Tempest Tossed (1942 - ) (The U.S. and the Holocaust) 130 min.

The first reports of the killing reach the United States. A group of dedicated government officials form the War Refugee Board to finance and support rescue operations. As the Allies advance, soldiers uncover mass graves and liberate German concentration camps, revealing the sheer scale of the Holocaust. The danger of its reverberations becomes apparent.

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New! Episode Two: Yearning to Breathe Free (1938-1942) (The U.S. and the Holocaust) 137 min.

After Kristallnacht, Jews are desperate to escape Hitler’s expanding reach. Americans are united in their disapproval of Nazi brutality but divided on whether or how to act even as World War II begins. Charles Lindbergh speaks for isolationists while FDR tries to support the European democracies. The Nazis invade the Soviet Union, and the Holocaust begins in secret.

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New! The U.S. and the Holocaust: A Film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein 360 min.

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein’s three-part, six-hour documentary series, The U.S. and the Holocaust, examines how the American people and our leaders responded to one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the twentieth century, and how this catastrophe challenged our identity as a nation of immigrants and the very ideals of our democracy.

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New! Kissinger: Leadership, Global Crises, and the State of US Politics 11 min.

Between the war in Ukraine and tensions with China, President Biden's handling of foreign policy issues is being put to the test. In former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's new book, Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy, he examines how past leaders faced the challenges of their times. In this NewsHour production, Kissinger joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the book, the state of global poli...

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New! Amanda Gorman - 2021 Inaugural Poem (Great Speeches, Volume 33) 8 min.

Poet Amanda Gorman delivers a critically acclaimed performance at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden

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New! Great Speeches (Volume 33) 76 min.

This series presents Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN Climate Action Summit, Joe Biden's Inaugural Address, Liz Cheney's speech to House concerning her party’s stripping her of her position, Harry Truman's 1948 DNC Acceptance of nomination, Margaret Chase Smith's presidential run announcement, and Amanda Gorman's 2021 Inaugural presentation.

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New! Greta Thunberg - United Nations Speech (Great Speeches, Volume 33) 7 min.

Noted environemental activist Greta Thunberg delivers an important address to the United Nations.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022