America in the 20th century

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Disc 1: America becomes a world power -- While Progressive leaders showed their distrust of power in their dealings with large corporations at home, they still grasped the growing need for an aggressive national stance in world relations. This program covers the opening of Japan, the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii, the Open Door Policy in China, the Spanish-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion. The doctrinal struggle between Expansionists and Anti-Imperialists is also discussed. (32 min). Disc 2: The Progressive era -- During the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, America was witness to so many political, corporate, and social reforms that the period came to be known as the Progressive Era. This program provides an excellent overview of the times, underscoring the importance of women's suffrage, the Square Deal, the temperance movement, and other signal initiatives. (31 min). Disc 3: World War 1: The war in Europe -- This program illustrates the events of World War I as it was waged in the conflict's primary theater of operations, Europe. Topics include the root causes of the war and the military alliances that ignited it; the introduction of modern weaponry such as machine guns, poison gas, fighter planes, and U-boats; America's decisive involvement, including the participation of women and African-Americans; U.S. economic policies; and public support for the war effort. (29 min). Disc 4: World War 1: On the homefront -- This program looks at the domestic issues facing the United States during its involvement in World War I. Included are discussions of the changing industrial workforce, the growth of the women's suffrage movement, African American migration to the North and the racial tensions that followed, erosion of American civil liberties during the war, Wilson's idealistic Fourteen Points, and the punitive Treaty of Versailles. (29 min). Disc 5: The roaring twenties -- Best known for its flappers, gangsters, and jazz, the Roaring Twenties was also an era of social tensions and political change. Topics include the presidencies of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the post-World War I 'return to normalcy, ' the economic boom and the affordable Model T, the Red Scare, Garveyism, the Scopes trial, Prohibition, and the unique pop culture of the decade. (31 min). Disc 6: The Great Depression -- From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday, to the many federal initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR; the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed. (31 min). Disc 7: World War 2: The road to war -- This program chronicles the global events that ultimately led to U.S. action in World War II. Discussion points include Hitler and the Nazi Party, fascism in Italy, and Communism under Stalin; British appeasement and American isolationism; blitzkrieg; the Lend-Lease Plan; and the Holocaust. The program ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a date - which will live in infamy"--And America's declaration of war. (31 min). Disc 8: World War 2: The world at war. -- Starting with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7
America in the 20th century
Location Hawai'i
Talk Story to war bonds and government economic controls
Year 2006
Producer Group., Films Media
Distributor Films Media Group
Library Group.2006sb