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This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the History field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Suggested keywords: civilization, [country/region] history, social life and customs, protest movements, [war], [time period] history, biography

We also provide access to a number of streaming video resources, including the PBS Collection.

History DVDs

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)
Documents the life of a white southerner who became an American civil rights leader.
Call Number: UMDVD 7748

Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People
Explores the intersection of natural and human history in the Appalachian Mountain region.
Call Number: UMDVD 5618

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Explores the Black Panther Party’s history and significance to broader American culture.
Call Number: UMDVD 9714

Bontoc Eulogy
A poignant docudrama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
Call Number: UMDVD 8338

The Catonsville Nine: Investigation of a Flame
Examines the 1968 burning of selective service records through archival footage and interviews.
Call Number: UMDVD 6399

The Civilian Conservation Corps
Features interviews and archival footage to detail one part of FDR's New Deal.
Call Number: UMDVD 6020

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Details how Irena devised schemes to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Call Number: UMDVD 7880

Death and The Civil War
Charts the social and political changes brought about by the fear of death in the American Civil War.
Call Number: UMDVD 7457

Empires: The Decisive Battles and Great Warriors of the Ancient World
Details many facets of the world's greatest civilizations, including in-depth information about their leaders.
Call Number: UMDVD 6133

Freedom Summer
Details the ten memorable weeks of protestors’ efforts to shatter white supremacy in Mississippi.
Call Number: UMDVD 9637

Ghosts of Amistad
Retraces the impact resulting from when a group of Africans seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839.
Call Number: UMDVD 9555

Ghosts of Rwanda
Chronicles one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century on its 10th anniversary.
Call Number: UMDVD 2330

Great American Speeches: 80 Years of Political Oratory
A six-part series showcasing the most eloquent 20th century orators, including FDR, Huey Long, and Barbara Jordan.
Call Number: UMDVD 8407

Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal Moor & African Descent
Traces the history of black America back to ancient African civilization.
Call Number: UMDVD 8949

Iron Ladies of Liberia
Details the efforts of Liberia's first female President to bring democracy and peace to a devastated country.
Call Number: UMDVD 8694

Jane: An Abortion Service
Profiles the Chicago abortion service that operated during the late '60s and early '70s.
Call Number: UMDVD 8644

The Jews: A People's History
Five-part documentary that explores 4,000 years of Jewish history.
Call Number: UMDVD 5105

The Last Tasmanian
Details the lifetime of the last full-blood and tribal Tasmanian Aboriginal, Truganini.
Call Number: UMDVD 9218

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution
Recounts the lesbian writers, philosophers, and activists who chose to live only among women.
Call Number: UMDVD 9226

Lost Civilizations
Takes the viewer around the world to explore ancient civilizations from Mesopotamia to Tibet.
Call Number: UMDVD 6409

The March: The Story of the Greatest March in American History
Recounts the events when 250,000 people came together for the 1963 March on Washington.
Call Number: UMDVD 9136

MIC Check: Documentary Shorts from the Occupy Movement
Tells the story of the Occupy movement through a collection of short films.
Call Number: UMDVD 7667

The Quest for Gold
Explores how man's endless search for gold across time and cultures ultimately shaped civilization.
Call Number: UMDVD 10230

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights
Reveals the ways black women mobilized and raised awareness of how sexism, racism, and classism combine.
Call Number: UMDVD 9225

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness
Tells the story of WWII Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who wrote transit visas for hundreds of Jewish families.
Call Number: UMDVD 7764

Vietnam: A Television History
A multi-part series that uses actual film footage to cover the history of the Vietnam conflict.
Call Number: UMDVD 6573

Watchers of the Sky
Examines the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.
Call Number: UMDVD 9677

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics
A nine-part TV series on the history, significance, and culture of quilts.
Call Number: UMDVD 8058