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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.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1995

500 Nations is an eight-part documentary on the Native Americans of North and Central America. It documents from pre-Columbian to the end of the 19th century.

3.

by WGBH History Unit
Available on:
Podcast
Year Released:
 2002

American Experience, television's most-watched history series, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form our nation.

4.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2005

This is the story of bubonic plague, starvation, espionage and cannibalism-and the founding of America's first colony. In 1607, a handful of English adventurers set sail across the Atlantic, they landed in Jamestown expecting a paradise teeming with gold and riches.

5.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2009

The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when thousands of brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue.

6.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
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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by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he takes you on a journey to discover a wealth of African history and culture in Wonders of the African World.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
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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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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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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