History


The Queen at War 55 min.

Princess Elizabeth was a child of thirteen on September 3, 1939, when her father King George VI informed the people that Britain was at war. This revelatory documentary tells the story of the Queen’s experiences during WWII and how the longest-reigning monarch in British history was shaped by the war.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Registry 57 min.

The Registry profiles veterans of World War II who served in the Military Intelligence Service –a secret unit of mostly Japanese Americans – U.S. citizens who went into combat with the U.S. Army against the Japanese enemy in the Pacific. These veterans want to make sure their legacy lives on through the M.I.S. registry where all of their names have been recorded.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

A to Z: How Writing Changed the World 120 min.

This series of two programs reveals how the evolution of writing, printing and the first alphabet tell the story of civilization.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

A to Z: How Writing Changed the World 54 min.

Just as writing changed the course of human history, the evolution of paper and printing revolutionized the spread of information. The printing press kicked off the Industrial Revolution that fast-tracked us to the current digital age. But as the millennia-old tradition of penmanship falls out of favor, should we consider what might be lost in this pursuit of ever more efficient communication?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

A to Z: The First Alphabet 54 min.

Where would we be without the world’s alphabets? Writing has played a vital role in the expansion and domination of cultures throughout history. But researchers are only now uncovering the origin story to our own alphabet from thousands of years ago. From the shape of the letter A to the role of writing in trade and storytelling, discover how the written word shaped civilization itself.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Vote: Episode 1 114 min.

This program traces the rise of suffrage militancy, a direct-action approach to politics inspired by Britain’s notoriously militant suffragettes. By 1911, “votes for women” had become, as one journalist noted, “the three small words which constitute the biggest question in the world today.” While galvanizing to many, such radical action was also divisive.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

VE Day: Countdown to Peace 46 min.

May 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the announcement of victory in Europe, and the ending of World War II. This documentary charts the key days and events leading up to this moment. Archival footage – digitized and restored in full color – as well as newly recorded interviews with some of the dwindling numbers of those who lived through this momentous day shows the final steps and emotions tha...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War 59 min.

The Vietnam War/The American War is a journey from present to past and back again that follows Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood in his quest to recover fragmented and buried stories from all sides of the Vietnam War/American War, revealing multiple perspectives that are thematically interconnected. The stories from veterans and non-combatants look at the ways in which war becomes inscribed into the life...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn 98 min.

Directed by Ivy Meeropol, this film offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who prosecuted Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution in what became known as the “atomic spies” case. The film examines Cohn’s life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s – when the young Cohn first learned to wiel...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Forgotten War 54 min.

The Korean War saw three years of heavy combat take place on the small Korean peninsula, ending in a stalemate that remains contested to this day. This documentary tells the story of the Forgotten War from the point of view of the veterans that were sent to fight it.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020