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  • emWelcome Homeem
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    Welcome Home

    Anticipating the return home of millions of service men and women after World War II, this film surveys the challenges they faced during years of war, their creative methods of coping, the…

    79 views
  • emWonderful Worldem
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    Wonderful World

    This film funded by Coca-Cola takes a journey around the world celebrating cultures and tourist sites on six continents while also suggesting that people everywhere drink coke. This film from the…

    43 views
  • emDiscover Americaem
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    Discover America

    This United Airlines film narrated by actor Burgess Meredith takes a bird’s eye journey across the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific. “Discover America” was also the name of a…

    129 views
  • emAllAmerican Newsem
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    All-American News

    This newsreel was part of a series produced in the 1940s and 1950s and designed for African-American audiences. Stories in this episode include segments about Harry McAlpin, the first…

    131 views
  • emVictory Roundupem
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    Victory Round-up

    This U.S. Office of War Information newsreel reports on events relating to VE Day - the May 8, 1945, surrender of Nazi Germany. German generals are shown signing the unconditional surrender…

    69 views
  • May 1945 United Newsreel
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    May 1945 United Newsreel

    This U.S. Office of War Information newsreel reports on a May Day parade in Moscow, the capture of several top Nazi leaders, the liberation and destruction of the Bergen-Belsen…

    240 views
  • emThe Fight Against the Communicable Diseasesem
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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…

    105 views
  • emThe Eternal Fightem
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    The Eternal Fight

    This United Nations film briefly documents the history of human diseases and describes how the newly-founded World Health Organization planned to coordinate efforts to fight disease. The…

    126 views
  • emElection 1976  Presidential Electionsem
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    Election 1976 - Presidential Elections

    During the bicentennial year of 1976, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of eight programs about the election process for foreign audiences. This first episode includes a short…

    147 views
  • emBrotherhood of Manem
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    Brotherhood of Man

    This animated film was sponsored by the United Auto Workers to promote racial tolerance. The story uses cartoon characters to represent prejudice and intolerance and argues that despite…

    353 views
  • emWhat Makes Us Tickem
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    What Makes Us Tick

    This animated promotional film describes how a business incorporates and obtains the right to trade shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Commissioned by the stock exchange, the film…

    194 views
  • emHellBent for Electionem
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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…

    251 views
  • emRonald Reagan Citizen Governorem
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    Ronald Reagan, Citizen Governor

    This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. The film traces Reagan’s post-war activities as a labor leader and…

    245 views
  • emThe Army Nurse  Soldier of Mercyem
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    The Army Nurse - Soldier of Mercy

    This 1965 film from the U.S. Army’s “Big Picture” television series celebrates the contributions of Army nurses from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War. Although women nurses cared…

    245 views
  • emMission Measles  The Story of a Vaccineem
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    Mission, Measles - The Story of a Vaccine

    This documentary details the history of the highly contagious virus that causes measles and the development of the measles vaccine in the 1950s and early 1960s. The pharmaceutical company…

    2,007 views
  • emArmy in Action  The Spreading Holocaustem
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    Army in Action - The Spreading Holocaust

    Episode four of a 10-part U.S. Army documentary from 1965 tells the story of America’s entry into World World II beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor through the November, 1942 invasion of North Africa. The…

    144 views
  • Reel America emThe Negro Soldierem
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    The Negro Soldier

    This 1944 documentary was intended to encourage African Americans to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. The film traces the history of African American contributions to society…

    3,382 views
  • emArmy in Action  The Victoryem
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    Army in Action - The Victory

    Episode eight of a 10-part U.S. Army documentary from 1965 brings the story of World War II to a conclusion by documenting European and Pacific theater operations from October 1944 through the surrender of…

    141 views
  • emArmy in Action  The Tide Turnsem
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    Army in Action - The Tide Turns

    Episode seven of a 10-part U.S. Army documentary from 1965 examines World War II in the year 1944, from Pacific Island campaigns to the D-Day invasion, liberation of Paris, and first incursions into…

    98 views
  • emArmy in Action  Global Warem
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    Army in Action - Global War

    Episode six of a 10-part U.S. Army documentary from 1965 tells the story of World War II beginning with the July, 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily to operations in the Pacific, to the invasion of southern…

    826 views
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