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HSU Library Videos on Civil Rights, Slavery and Women

These are suggestions for related viewing from Kumi Watanabe-Schock who manages the HSU Library video collection.

Titles available from HSU Library include:

Africans in America  (VIDEO 8010)

A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. The first episode, Terrible transformation, examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generated profits that ensured the colonies’ growth and survival. In the second episode, Revolution, while the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom even while the new nation’s Constitution codifies slavery and oppression as a national way of life. In the third episode, Brotherly love, during the first 50 years of the new nation, freedmen and fugitive slaves in Philadelphia push the country to live up to the promises made in its Constitution. But with the invention of the cotton gin, slavery expands into America’s western frontier, and a revolution in Haiti inspires slave rebellions throughout the souther United States. In the fourth and final episode, as the nation expands westward slavery becomes the most divisive issue in American life. Abolitionists struggle to bring the institution down and the nation is tested as never before. When tensions over slavery erupt into violence, Americans are forced to consider how long the country can continue as a democracy built on the profits of bondage.


Eyes on the Prize:  America’s Civil Rights Movement (VIDEO 8289)

Awakenings (1954-1956) : The early history of the Civil rights movement in America, beginning with the bus boycott in Montgomery and the lynching of a 14-year-old boy in Mississippi. Includes documentary footage and contemporary interviews. Produced and directed by Judith Vecchione.  Fighting back (1957-1962) : Examines the law both as a tool for change and resistance to change, particularly as it relates to education. Covers the court cases of the late 1940′s that led to the 1954 Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision, the nine Black teenagers who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957, and James Meredith’s enrollment at the University of Mississippi. Produced and directed by Judith Vecchione.


Mighty Times: The Children’s March (VIDEO 6516)

This video contains film footage, re-stagings of some activities, and interviews with some of the protesters. In May of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked black people of Birmingham, Alabama to go to jail in the cause of racial equality. The adults were afraid to go to jail and so the school children marched and over 5000 of them were arrested. This lead to President Kennedy sponsoring the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the march on Washington.


An unlikely Friendship (VIDEO 7107)

About a surprising friendship between an embittered KKK leader (C.P. Ellis) and an outspoken Black woman activist (Ann Atwater), that developed when they were appointed to co-chair a community committee to resolve problems arising from a court-ordered school desgregation, and that changed race relations and shocked Durham’s residents.

The Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth (VIDEO 4507 VHS)

Traces the life and legend of the former slave who could neither read nor write, yet earned a reputation as one of the most articulate and outspoken antislavery and women’s rights activists in the United States. Includes interviews with authorities on the subject’s life: Calton Mabee, Nell Painter, Roseann Mandzink, Gerald Sorin and Paul Gaffney. Accompanied by archival footage, photographs and period music.


The American Experience:  Roots of Resistance (VIDEO 2482 VHS)

Chronicles the history of slavery in the United States and of the Underground Railroad, a network of escape routes black slaves took in the mid-1800′s to freedom. Their flight from the South was organized by other escaped slaves and their allies, including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. The beginnings of violent resistance are seen in the 1831 slave insurrection led by Nat Turner. Includes interviews with descendents of slaves and slaveholders of Somerset House in North Carolina and of participants in the Southampton Insurrection in Virginia as well as narratives of escaped slaves, film of documented escape routes, readings, abolitionist and traditional music, and archival materials to offer a historically accurate view of the issues and events in the United States prior to the Civil War.


Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (VIDEO 5043 VHS)

Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, “The Confessions of Nat Turner”, assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controvery over the Nat Turner story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow reflect on America’s attitudes toward terrorism. One of the most bitter race battles of the 1960s is reexamined, when William Styron published his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.


4 Little Girls (VIDEO 5179 VHS)

The Birmingham Campaign was launched in 1963. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists were soon jailed, but it was the participation of the children that advanced the momentum of the Birmingham movement. They marched alongside the adults and were taken to jail with them as well. Because the 16th St. Baptist Church was close to the downtown area, it was an ideal location to hold rallies and meetings. On Sunday morning, Sept. 15, 1963, dynamite planted by the Ku Klux Klan, exploded in the building. Under the fallen debris, the bodies of four girls were found. Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley died because of the color of their skin. Features archival film footage, home photographs, comments by surviving family members, and interviews with local and national figures of the time.

FUNDI: The Story of Ella Baker (VIDEO 5213 VHS)

Highlights Ella Baker’s work in U.S. civil rights movement of 1960s. Since Ms. Baker’s activism spanned over 50 years in the North and the South, the struggles of earlier decades are portrayed, giving a sense of the continuity of the fight for social change.


Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (VIDEO 5321 VHS)

Chronicles the life of Ida B. Wells, an early Afro-American activist who protested lynchings, unfair treatment of Afro-American soldiers, and other examples of racism and injustice toward Afro-Americans around the turn of the century.

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