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Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Number: VC613 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 106 min.
The sweeping saga of a black woman's triumph over slavery and oppression!

Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Number: VC917 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 52 min.
The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy's home upside-down. Lugwig Van
Beethoven has moved in upstairs! At first the boy resents their new tenant, but slowly ten-year-
old Christoph comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the
beauty of his music. This video is based in part on historical fact and features more than twenty-
five beautifully performed excerpts of Beethoven's best-loved works.

Ben and Me
Number: VC274 Grade Level: I/J Length: 21 min.
Here's the story of Amos, a poor Philadelphia church mouse, who befriends Benjamin Franklin
and guides him to greatness. It's Amos who holds the kite together, uncovers the spiciest news
for the Philadelphia Gazette, and ghostwrites the Declaration of Independence!

Ben Franklin: The Immortals
Number: VC275 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.
It is March 1765, and the colonists are up in arms - the Stamp Act has just been passed. In this
dramatic recreation, Benjamin Franklin makes clear America's dissension to the House of
Commons and convinces England to repeal the Act.

Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World
Number: VC1134 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 50 min.
He was America's ambassador to the world, a unique individual who came to symbolize the
inventiveness and industriousness of an entire nation. Benjamin Franklin's fascinating and
diverse accomplishments defined him as a renaissance man who will be forever enshrined in
America's pantheon of heroes. He discovered electricity, invented the fuel efficient Franklin
Stove, and authored the still popular Poor Richard's Almanac. Most importantly, he offered wise
leadership as a member of the Continental Congress and ambassador to France during a youthful
nation's tumultuous drive toward freedom.

Benjamin Franklin: Scientist & Inventor
Number: VC914 & VC1334 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
High into the stormy sky, a kite with an iron point bobs in the wind. Suddenly, lightning cuts
through the sky and a spark emits from the key attached to the kite string. As Ben Franklin
watched the lightning gouge Philadelphia's night sky, he came up with a brilliant discovery--one
that would change the world forever. Now, through this remarkable video you can join this
peerless scientist and inventor as he rewrites human history through his experiments with
electricity.
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People--1000 Years
Number: VC1714 Grade Level: J/H Length: 50 min.
They are our greatest scientists and artists, our most admired thinkers and dreamers; they are
revolutionaries, explorers, saints and sinners. They are the individuals who, during the last ten
centuries, changed our world in ways beyond imagining. Now, this special presentation offers
an historic countdown to the one person selected as the most profoundly significant individual of
this fascinating, turbulent and remarkable period. In the process, it also reveals the astounding
diversity of people and accomplishments woven into the millennial tapestry of the human
experience. This volume covers those selected #100 through #63.

Biography of the Millennium: 100 People--1000 Years
Number: VC1714 Grade Level: J/H Length: 50 min.
They are our greatest scientists and artists, our most admired thinkers and dreamers; they are
revolutionaries, explorers, saints and sinners. They are the individuals who, during the last ten
centuries, changed our world in ways beyond imagining. Now, this special presentation offers
an historic countdown to the one person selected as the most profoundly significant individual of
this fascinating, turbulent and remarkable period. In the process, it also reveals the astounding
diversity of people and accomplishments woven into the millennial tapestry of the human
experience. This volume covers those selected #62 through #26.

Biography of the Millennium: 100 People--1000 Years
Number: VC1714 Grade Level: J/H Length: 50 min.
They are our greatest scientists and artists, our most admired thinkers and dreamers; they are
revolutionaries, explorers, saints and sinners. They are the individuals who, during the last ten
centuries, changed our world in ways beyond imagining. Now, this special presentation offers
an historic countdown to the one person selected as the most profoundly significant individual of
this fascinating, turbulent and remarkable period. In the process, it also reveals the astounding
diversity of people and accomplishments woven into the millennial tapestry of the human
experience. This volume covers those selected #25 through #11.

Biography of the Millennium: 100 People--1000 Years
Number: VC1714 Grade Level: J/H Length: 50 min.
They are our greatest scientists and artists, our most admired thinkers and dreamers; they are
revolutionaries, explorers, saints and sinners. They are the individuals who, during the last ten
centuries, changed our world in ways beyond imagining. Now, this special presentation offers
an historic countdown to the one person selected as the most profoundly significant individual of
this fascinating, turbulent and remarkable period. In the process, it also reveals the astounding
diversity of people and accomplishments woven into the millennial tapestry of the human
experience. This volume covers those selected #10 through #1.

Boyhood of Abraham Lincoln
Number: VC1239 Grade Level: P/I Length: 13 min.
Beginning life in a log cabin in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln has no idea he would end up in the
White House. At nine, he takes a dangerous journey across the Ohio River to settle in Indiana
with his family. Here, he helps clear land, fell trees, split logs and plow and plant fields. He also
has to help build his mother's coffin when she dies suddenly. His father remarries, and Lincoln
gains a loving stepmother who encourages him to educate himself. He does this by reading. At
14, Lincoln is very popular, entertaining travelers at the crossroads store with amusing stories.
As a ferryman, an experience with a lawsuit gets him interested in the law. A trip down the
Mississippi River to New Orleans brings him into contact with a slave auction and helps shape
his feelings against slavery. When Lincoln is 21, he settles in central Illinois with his family and
takes a job at a store in nearby New Salem. Feeling homely, awkward and unsure of his future,
he is well liked for his good-humored company, but has no idea of how far his ambition will take
him.

Boyhood of George Washington
Number: VC1237 Grade Level: P/I Length: 13 min.
George Washington, born into a privileged family in Colonial Virginia, grows up in plantation
manor houses run with the help of slaves. When his half brother, Lawrence, returns from
England, he becomes an important influence on young George, who visits him often at Mount
Vernon, another family plantation. Here, Washington meets the socially prominent Fairfaxes,
who introduce him to the manners of the English nobility, which he tries to emulate. When
Washington's father dies, he cannot afford school in England and becomes a surveyor at 16.
Lawrence dies from tuberculosis, and Washington rents Mount Vernon from his widow. By 20,
although a successful surveyor, Washington decides on a military career. His first assignment is
to warn the French to leave lands in Ohio claimed by Britain. At 22, he leads his first battle, one
that marks the beginning of the French and Indian War. Despite a defeat, Washington's
reputation as a fine officer grows, which proves fortunate for the colonies' future for
independence.

Boyhood of George Washington Carver
Number: VC727 Grade Level: P/I Length: 12 min.
This video will help your students to": be aware of Carver's contributions to black people, to
agriculture, and to industry; see how Carver's appreciation of nature and beauty.

Childhood of Susan B. Anthony
Number: VC893 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 15 min.
This is a narrative and reenactment of her life and the political climate of the time.

Christopher Columbus
Number: VC911 & VC1331 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
While the whole world sailed east on a path to find China, Columbus believed it could be
reached in two weeks...by sailing west! With the support of Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus
set sail only to have his crew threaten mutiny after three weeks of sailing and no sight of land. At
the moment of turning back, lad was discovered and Columbus realized his dream.

Daniel Boone in America's Story
Number: VC737 Grade Level: I/J Length: 16 min.
This video shows : why Boone symbolizes the frontier spirit; his role in the settlement of
Kentucky; his role in the settlement of the Louisiana territory; how his story relates to the history
of our country.
D'Aulaire Biographies
Number: VC905 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 43 min.
This video gives a short history about four famous men: Columbus, George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln.

FDR
Number: VC1169 Grade Level: J/H Length: 40 min.
He inspired American to believe in itself with his determination to defeat the Axis Powers, and
his bold economic programs to halt the Depression. This video presents the life of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, one of America's most heroic presidents, as he delivers impassioned speeches,
fireside chats, and faces Churchill, De Gaulle and Stalin. You'll even witness his hilarious attach
on the Republicans for slandering his dog, Fallon. FDR is a delightful and touching tribute to a
man whose country rewarded him the longest presidency in U.S. history.

Florence Nightingale
Number: VC1339 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
It was the height of the Crimean War, and English soldiers were dying by the hundreds.
Battlefield losses were expected, but it was the shocking conditions of British field hospitals that
caused scores of the deaths. Into these rat and flea-infested facilities stepped a woman of
uncompromising convictions, great patience and an iron will. When Florence Nightingale, “The
Lady of the Lamp,” arrived on the scene, the science and practice of nursing soon changed all
over the world, forever. This captivating and informative video retells her astonishing story in
accurate historical detail and with unforgettable dramatic flourish.

Forget Me Not: The Anne Frank Story
Number: VC1266 Grade Level: J/H Length: 60 min.
Though she never lived to see her 16th birthday, Anne's innermost thoughts scribbled on scraps
of paper challenge us, and shame us, a full fifty years after her death. Anne Frank's life serves as
eulogy to the millions of children who perished in World War II. But she did not leave her
legacy as an ode to the past, rather as a beacon of hope to the future.

Galileo
Number: VC1335 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
Today, every child learns that the earth revolves around the sun. Yet in sixteenth century
Europe, that belief was heresy! Galileo was the extraordinary astronomer and inventor who
discovered the truth, at the risk of his reputation and freedom. He refused to support a false view
of the universe, and spent the last eight years of his life under house arrest. Learn about the
courage and genius of Galileo through this revealing program. His integrity led to a whole new
universe of discovery and knowledge!

Galileo Galilei Moves the Earth
Number: VC806 Grade Level: J/H Length: 20 min.
Galilei moved the earth with one of the first telescopes and he created a new way of looking at
the world, a way that we today call science.
General George Washington
Number: VC913 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
This video retraces the steps of George Washington from "the shot heard 'round the world" at
Lexington to the dark days of Valley Forge and on to a new nation and final peace in 1783. this
video shows Washington at his best - courageous, determined, humble, brave, and patriotic.

George Washington
Number: VC1345 Grade Level: I/J Length: 30 min.
"The father of our nation," George Washington, comes thrillingly alive in this electrifying
animated video about the general's extraordinary military exploits. Retracing his steps from the
"the shot heard 'round the world" at Lexington to the dark days of Valley Forge and on to a new
nation and final peace in 1783, this inspiring tale shows Washington at his best--courageous,
determined, humble, brave, and patriotic.

George Washington: Founding Father
Number: VC1133 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 50 min.
He was a gentleman farmer from Virginia, and a brilliant and bold tactician who proved equally
adept at leading men into battle and a young nation into the future. From his youth of privilege to
his inauguration as the nation's first President, here is George Washington's remarkable life.
Exploring the truths, exploring the myths, it's the portrait of a man who first distinguished
himself in the British forces, before creating the army that would ultimately defeat them. His was
the pivotal role in establishing the modern world's first nation with neither a king nor an
emperor.

George Washington: The Immortal Series
Number: VC334 Grade Level: J/H Length: 28 min.
An exciting reenactment of Washington's most crucial decision in office: to continue in office
and provide continuity and conscience for a struggling new nation, or to return to the tranquility
of private life. Ready to retire, Washington received anxious pleas to remain in office. As have
many great men, George Washington chose the good of the nation over his own personal
interests, and for this, America owes him a great debt.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's New England
Number: VC579 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 30 min.
This video explores the life and the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Harriet Tubman
Number: VC1343 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 30 min.
"The Moses of her people" - that's the honored name by which Harriet Tubman is still
remembered. And for good reason. From 1849 to 1860, in 17 dangerous missions to the
Confederate South, she helped more than 300 slaves escape to freedom in the North. Witness
both Harriet's daring exploits and the deep faith in God which enabled her to risk everything in
helping her family and many others to escape the chins of slavery. the selflessness and disregard
for personal safety brought to life in this remarkable video continue to inspire countless
Americans more than a century after Harriet's death. After coming face-to-face with the most
famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, you'll understand why she became one of
America's greatest heroes.

Haunts Of Edgar Allan Poe
Number: VC578 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 30 min.
This video explores the life and the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

Helen Keller
Number: VC1336 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
A childhood fever leaves the very bright Helen Keller deaf and blind, cutting her off from human
communication. this turns her into an angry, untamed child who often explores into fits of savage
fury. it falls on the spirited shoulders of 21-year-old Anne Sullivan to break into Helen's dark and
silent world and end her awful isolation. This dramatic and deeply moving story captures all the
humor, pain and ultimate triumph of Anne's quest to help Helen overcome incredible obstacles
and free herself from the desolated universe which imprisons her from the first seven years of her
remarkable life.

Introduction to Aesop
Number: VC357 Grade Level: P Length: 14 min.
This video features an animated overview of Aesop's life with examples of his fables, including
the popular "The Hare and the Tortoise."

Joan of Arc
Number: VC1328 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
The year is 1429. France clings desperately to independence as English invaders advanced ever
more deeply into French territory. Just as the city of Orleans seems certain to fall, a 16-year-old
maiden from Lorraine rises out of nowhere and through sheer, bold faith rallies her countrymen
to a surprise victory. Yet the celebration is short-lived; through treachery the English kidnap the
girl, brand her a witch, and burn her at the stake. And so is born the astonishing-but-true tale of
Joan of Arc, retold here with bruising, captivating and real-life drama that illustrates the power
of faith.

Leonardo da Vinci
Number: VC1344 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
Only rarely do genius and humility live side-by-side in the same person. Yet who could dispute
that Leonardo da Vinci--master painter, celebrated artist, and brilliant inventor, centuries ahead
of his time--could lay claim to both titles? This intriguing program not only introduces the
towering figure of the humble man whose deep concern for others won him a lasting place in the
hearts of his fifteenth century countrymen. The amazing breadth and depth of da Vinci's unique
genius and character provides wonderful proof of the power of humility.

Louis Pasteur
Number: VC1340 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
Join the adventure as Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) sets out to solve some of the greatest medical
mysteries of all time. Along the way, the great French scientist struggles against personal
tragedies, doubting “official science” and failed experiments. Yet his determination never
deserts him, even when Pasteur faces his greatest challenge of all. Will a rabies vaccine tested
only on animals save a boy’s life? Should he even risk such a bold step? Pasteur’s steadfast
determination stands as a lesson to us all. The vaccines he perfected, along with is Pasteurization
process for safer milk, are his gifts to a better world.

Marco Polo
Number: VC1342 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
Marco Polo intrigued audiences with his tales of magnificent palaces filled with precious stones,
rivers filled with gold and "men with tails" who threw nuts as big as a man's head. He described
things no European before him had ever witnessed; yet no one believed him. While they were
sure this remarkable visionary could tell amazing stories, they were equally certain he had never
visited these wondrous places he described. Yet he had, almost 200 years before Christopher
Columbus ever set sail for the New World. This action-packed story captures the greatest
highlights of Marco's astonishing adventures throughout India, China and many other exotic
lands far from his native home in Italy. His spirit of adventure opened up new worlds to his
European contemporaries.

Marie Curie
Number: VC1332 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 30 min.
At an early age Marie Curie was taught the importance of education. As an adult, she became an
amazing heroine of science. Her devotion to her work, despite poverty and sickness, gave the
world the theory of radioactivity, the discovery of pluto9nium and the isolation of radium.

Mark Twain: How I Came Into the Literary Profession
Number: VC382 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 25 min.
Here, in Twain's own words, taken from a selection of his well known stories, novels, essays
speeches and his autobiography, is a literary portrayal of the man himself, filmed in his house in
Hartford, Connecticut.

Mark Twain's Hannibal
Number: VC580 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 30 min.
This video explores the life and the writings of Mark Twain.

Martin, The Emancipator
Number: VC127 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 46 min.
This video is an educational documentary that provides American history as it is seldom
captured. An overview of the life and work of a major historical figure, Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., it is told by those who knew him and worked with him, and illustrated with documentary film
and photos.

Mozart and His Music
Number: VC752 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 13 min.
The purpose of this video is to stimulate interest in listening to and understanding the music of
Mozart by presenting excerpts of his music in a context of time, place, and situation.
President Abraham Lincoln
Number: VC1337 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
A century ago, only one man stood in the way of the disintegration of the United States of
America--and he was a gangly, storytelling country lawyer from Illinois with no political
experience at the national level. And yet by the sheer force of his will and his uncompromising
stand on critical issues, Abraham Lincoln not only saved the nation but carved out an immortal
place in world history. This fascinating video traces the career of our nation's 16th president--
from the dark day of the Civil War to his final trip back to Springfield, Illinois after his
assassination by John Wilkes Boot--and highlights "Honest Abe's" emancipation of the slaves.
President Abraham Lincoln not only brings alive a crucial moment in America's history, but
thrills and inspires viewers by the life of our nation's most beloved president.

Robert E. Lee
Number: VC1164 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.
From his birth in the Virginia aristocracy, to the fiery battlefields of the Civil War, to his
presidency of an emerging southern university, this compelling documentary chronicles the
remarkable triumphs and dramatic defeats of the legendary Conferate general. Noted historians
offer insight into Lee's complex character, his strategy and tactics.

Roger Williams and Rhode Island (Colonial Life for Children)
Number: VC1603 Grade Level: 3-7 Length: 23 min.
Discover the story of Roger Williams, the rebellious Puritan minister who was banished from the
Massachusetts Bay Colony and went on to establish the colony of Rhode Island in 1636 with
Providence as its capital. Williams sought to create a community in which people were free to
follow their own beliefs and to disagree and share ideas. Other colonists seeking greater
religious freedom soon joined Williams in what became known as the “Lively Experiment.”
This program looks at the influence of the Narragansett Indians in the region and the Puritan
traditions observed by the settlers. (Close-Captioned)

Stephen Foster and His Songs
Number: VC762 Grade Level: J/H Length: 17 min.
The learning objectives are: recognize Stephen Foster's songs as popular music of 19th century
America; see how his family and his society affected Foster's development as a musician;
compare the different styles of Foster's better known songs; consider the emotional and financial
risks of a career in the arts; understand that popular music can give insight into the society that
produced it; account for the enduring appeal of a large number of Foster's songs.

Stonewall Jackson
Number: VC686 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 30 min.
Jackson tells the remarkable life story of the legendary Confederate General, Thomas J. Jackson.
From his orphaned youth in the Appalachian Mountains to his daring exploits on Civil War
battlefields, this powerful documentary presents the life and times of one of America's most
brilliant - and eccentric - military leaders.

Stonewall Jackson
Number: VC1165 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.
From his orphaned youth in the Appalachian Mountains to his daring exploits on Civil War
battlefields, this powerful documentary presents the life and times of one of America's most
brilliant and eccentric military leaders. Historians discuss Jackson's idiosyncratic personality and
analyze his life, from his boyhood home in Virginia, through his early combat success in the
Mexican War, to his bold feats and tragic death in the Civil War.

Teedie, Theodore Roosevelt
Number: VC458 Grade Level: I/J Length: 19 min.
This video documents the development of a man, from an asthmatic child to President of the
United States. Unwilling to accept his physical weakness, Teddy Roosevelt began body building
to acquire strength, and eventually started boxing. "Teedie" (a childhood nickname) also became
interested in animals, ornithology and taxidermy. His passion in these interests combined to help
build the character of a man who led the nation for eight years.

T. V. History of Idaho
Number: VC521 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 55 min.
"Biographies: Building from Scratch" Thousands of pioneers, thousands of builders,
thousands of visions have gone into making of the state of Idaho. This video gives a biographical
sketch of William H. Clagett, Ira Burton Perrine, Willam Borah, Vardis Fisher, Gracie Pfost,
Frank Church, Joseph Garry, Joe Albertson.

Ulysses S. Grant
Number: VC1166 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.
The documentary traces Grant's life from his birth in rural Ohio to his troubled tenure as the
eighteenth President of the United States. Historians unlock Grant's distinctive temperament, his
remarkable military ingenuity, and his peacetime woes.

Washington Irving's New York
Number: VC577 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.
This video looks at the life and the writings of Washington Irving.

Wiley's World: Christopher Columbus
Number: VC890 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 22 min.
Wiley Beaton-Smith and his professor recreate with humor and accuracy moments from the
voyage of discovery, providing a valuable understanding of the man, Columbus, and his
adventure.

The Wright Brothers
Number: VC1346 Grade Level: P/I Length: 30 min.
If people were meant to fly, they'd be given wings. That's what the world told brothers Orville
and Wilbur Wright, but they refused to believe it. This is the thrilling story of how two American
bicycle repairmen ignored the scoffers and risked everything, including their very lives, as they
persevered to realize their vision of becoming the first to manage powered flight. Return to those
astonishing days that changed the world with the thrilling, suspenseful story of the Wright
Brother's trials, frustrations, failures and perseverance as they made their vision take flight.

				
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