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    Movies at War

    This “Film Bulletin” produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps shows how training, informational, and Hollywood films were distributed by ship, airplane, train, truck, and sometimes camel to…

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    Valley of the Tennessee

    This 1944 film was made by the U.S. Office of War Information’s Overseas Motion Picture Bureau. It details the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, which was founded in 1933 to address…

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    Library of Congress

    This Academy Award-winning short documentary takes viewers on a tour through the Library’s reading rooms and facilities, highlighting how the institution benefits the public and scholars…

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    Hell-Bent for Election

    This United Auto Workers animated campaign film for President Franklin Roosevelt was directed by Chuck Jones, who helped create Bugs Bunny and other characters for Warner Brothers, and later produced and directed “How…

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    Preventing the Spread of Diseases

    This 1940 educational film shows how communities and individuals can prevent the spread of disease through safe drinking water, vaccinations and practicing good hygiene.

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    Victory Garden

    This 1942 U.S. Department of Agriculture film promotes Victory Gardens and provides instructions to help citizens grow their own fruits and vegetables at home during World War II.

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    The Fight Against the Communicable Diseases

    This film describes the work of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, which was founded in 1946. The film surveys the CDC’s work with state health departments to combat…

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    A Special Report on Polio

    This June 1955 broadcast by the radio and television networks in cooperation with the U.S. Public Health Service hoped to dispel fears about the safety of the new Salk vaccine. U.S. Department of Health,…

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    A Time to Heal: Gerald Ford's America

    This President Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum film told the life story of President Ford and featured the events related to Watergate and the 1974 resignation of President…

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    The Years of Protest and Dissent

    This Vietnam War-era U.S. Air Force film outlines specific laws limiting free speech, dissent and political activity of military personnel. The host of the film argues that there is a…

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    Soviet Internal Propaganda

    This CIA film from 1985 details what the agency argued was a vast system of indoctrination in the Soviet Union which discouraged individualism and encouraged passive acceptance of Kremlin rule…

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    Uncle Sam's Workshops - Post Office

    This 1922 Ford Motor Company educational film shows how mail is processed and delivered. According to the National Archives, the original Ford catalog description opens with this sentence: “Uncle Sam’s…

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    Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech

    This eight-minute portion of a half-hour film produced in 2013 by the National Churchill Museum tells the story of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s March 5, 1946 “Sinews of Peace”…

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    The Beginning at Plymouth Colony

    This Cold War classroom lecture film argues that the Pilgrims' early collectivist economic system failed, leading to a more successful capitalist system based on individual responsibility…

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    Old Young Man

    The U.S. Information Agency chronicled the early life of former Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ), including his basketball career. He played for the New York Knicks from 1967-77 and, in 1982, was…

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    Clean Skies, Clean Air

    This 1971 film shows the General Services Administration’s experimental use of natural gas-powered vehicles in order to reduce air pollution and save energy. The GSA documents how an…

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    The Constitution and Censorship

    This Columbia University film uses two U.S. Supreme Court free speech cases to document the history of censorship law. The first case deals with the constitutionality of New York’s film…

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    The Inheritance

    The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, founded in 1914, produced this documentary to mark its 50th anniversary. The film is a history of the U.S. labor movement between 1900 and 1964,…

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    Stop Silicosis

    This New Deal film about the dangers of silica dust is introduced by Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. Scenes of granite quarry and processing are shown, along with safety practices to…

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    Worker to Worker

    This Occupational Safety and Health Administration film shows how workers might approach employers and union officials to demand better conditions. The film profiles Washington, D.C.-area Metro…

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