History


New! Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches 59 min.

Inspired by David Blight’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography, this documentary brings to life the words of our country’s most famous anti-slavery activist. Actors Nicole Beharie, Colman Domingo, Jonathan Majors, Denzel Whitaker and Jeffrey Wright draw from five of Douglass’ legendary speeches, to represent a different moment in the tumultuous history of 19th century America.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! George Carlin's American Dream 217 min.

The life and work of legendary comedian George Carlin is the focus of this two-part documentary film that tracks his rise to fame and opens an intimate window into his personal life. Interviews include Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold, Jon Stewart, and others.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! George Carlin's American Dream: Part 1 112 min.

In the 1960s, young George Carlin cuts his teeth in comedy – but stifles his rebellious instincts to achieve mainstream success. As the counterculture emerges, Carlin reinvents himself, shocking and delighting 1970s audiences with sets like "The Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," while battling personal demons.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! George Carlin's American Dream: Part 2 105 min.

After a slump in the ‘80s, Carlin comes back with a vengeance, reaching new heights – and new audiences – with another reinvention that highlights his prescient political commentary and sharply honed observations about the state of America and the world. Following his death in 2008, fellow comics reflect on his enduring legacy.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Icahn: The Restless Billionaire 102 min.

This documentary, directed by Bruce David Klein, explores the fascinating contradictions at the heart of the famed financier, Carl Icahn. Amassing close to $20 billion dollars over the last half century and at the forefront of some of the most legendary business deals of our times, Icahn, often referred to as the “Lone Wolf of Wall Street,” is a feared negotiator and master strategist in the art o...

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The American Diplomat 53 min.

Explore the lives and legacies of three African-American ambassadors--Edward R. Dudley, Terence Todman and Carl Rowan--who pushed past racial barriers to reach high-ranking appointments in the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the Foreign Service.

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Through the Banks of the Red Cedar 69 min.

In 1963 Michigan State Head Coach Duffy Daugherty and 23 African American young men seized the opportunity of a lifetime. The daughter of Minnesota Vikings football legend Gene Washington deepens her connection to her father as she uncovers how the first fully integrated college football team in America changed the game forever.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Episode 1: Join or Die (1706-1774) - Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin 114 min.

Leaving behind his Boston childhood, Benjamin Franklin reinvents himself in Philadelphia where he builds a printing empire and a new life with his wife Deborah. Turning to science, Franklin gains worldwide fame from his lightning rod and experiments in electricity. After entering politics, he spends years in London trying to keep Britain and America together as his own family starts to come apart.

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Episode 2: An American (1775-1790) - Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin 114 min.

Benjamin Franklin leaves London and returns to wartime Philadelphia where he joins Congress and helps Thomas Jefferson craft the Declaration of Independence. In Paris, he wins French support for the American Revolution then negotiates a peace treaty with Britain. He spends his last years in the new United States, working on the Constitution and unsuccessfully promoting the abolition of slavery.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin 240 min.

Ken Burns’s four-hour documentary, Benjamin Franklin, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century’s most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. “Write things worth reading,” he said in Poor Richard’s Almanack, “or do things worth the writing.” Benjamin Franklin did both.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022