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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2007

This biography explores whether Americans should celebrate Jackson or apologize for him. The program reveals the world of America's 7th president, who boldly founded the Democratic Party -- yet was viewed by his enemies as an American Napoleon.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1964

Leftist filmmaker Emile de Antonio compiled this documentary out of 187 hours' worth of kinescopes recorded during the 1954 Senate Army-McCarthy Hearings.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 1980

The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1980 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else in association with KTEH public television in San Jose, California.

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by Robert McNamara
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2003

Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, THE FOG OF WAR is the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures ofthe 20th century.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 1983

Seeing Red is a 1983 American documentary film directed by Jim Klein and Julia Reichert. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 2006

The world of the Ancient Greeks lives on today through its mythology. For countless generations prior to biblical times, tales of gods and goddesses were passed down by storytellers and interwoven into traditions and philosophies.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2003

Chernobyl Heart is a 2003 documentary film by Maryann DeLeo. The film won the Best Documentary Short Subject award at the 2004 Academy Awards.

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by Bettany Hughes
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2008

The Minoan civilization on the Mediterranean island of Crete flourished from 2000-1500 BC. Then it gradually declined, its palaces disappearing into the landscape--to be rediscovered in the late 19th century.

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by Michael Wood
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1991

Historian and author Michael Wood traces the birth of modern society, in the obscurity of ancient history, in this spectacular documentary shot on locations around the world.

10.

by Nelson Mandela
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

As Nelson Mandela prepares to step down as president of South Africa, FRONTLINE presents a deeply personal biography of one of the great figures of the 20th century.

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