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...ALL OUR LIVES
...ALL OUR LIVES

World History  Women's Studies  Political Science  Labor Studies  Europe  Directed by Women 

Examines the lives of several women who actively participated in the social revolution during the Spanish Civil War, women who are as dynamic in their 80s as they were in their youth. All are members of the anarcho-syndicalist trade union, the CNT, the main representative of the working class movement in Spain in 1936.

WE DIG COAL
WE DIG COAL

Women's Studies  Sociology  Labor Studies  Economics  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the situation of women coal miners in the U.S., their struggle to be hired, their day-to-day lives in the mines, the economic necessity that first made them seek work as miners, and the opposition they face from their families, the community and their male coworkers.

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DREAMS ENSNARED: DOMINICAN MIGRATION TO NEW YORK

American Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  New York City  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

This documentary examines the situation of Dominican immigration into New York City, detailing the economic pressures of unemployment and poverty in the Dominican Republic which have led to a rapidly growing Dominican community in New York, primarily in Brooklyn and the Washington Heights area of Upper Manhattan.

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BURLEY: GROWING TOBACCO IN AMERICA

American Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Sociology 

Examines the plight of a Kentucky tobacco farmer and his family in the face of uncertain government price support programs and a growing national antismoking campaign.

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AÑO NUEVO

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  Immigration 

This expose of the plight of undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S. also provides a comprehensive overview of the complex issue of Mexican immigration, including interviews with prominent scholars, attorneys and organizers.

Particularly recommended as a teaching tool regarding issues of Latino Studies, Chicano Studies, Immigration, and Cultural Studies.

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SHOUT YOUNGSTOWN

American Studies  Labor Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the closing of three major steel plants in Youngstown, Ohio, between 1976 and 1980, showing the social and human costs of this tragedy through interviews with steelworkers, their families and friends, labor attorneys, local union leaders and community activists.

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BRASS VALLEY

American Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  Sociology 

This video offers an in-depth historical examination of Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley brass industry, from its heyday to its present decline. From the mid-19th century to its peak during WWI, 'Brass Valley' produced more than half of America's brass goods, from buttons and belt buckles to auto parts, pistols and cannon shells.

BAYMEN
BAYMEN

American Studies  Biology  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  Science 

This video portrays the work of men who continue to earn a living by harvesting shellfish from Long Island Bay, near New York City, and selling them to local markets.

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DOG DAYS

American Studies  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines the world of New York City's hot-dog vendors, revealing their lifestyles, hopes and dreams, and the political struggle in which New York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani is attempting to restrict their access to the city's streets. It features interviews with a wide variety of vendors, and members of the city's Vendor Review Panel and Business Improvement District.

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THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE

Environmental Studies  Health  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

This film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Noble documents the workaday lives of Brazilian peasants who cut down trees in the Amazon rain forest and burn the wood in earthen kilns to make charcoal, an essential ingredient for the manufacture of pig iron in the U.S

FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS
FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS

American Studies  Jewish Studies  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Immigration  Pacific Street Films 

A dramatic portrait of immigrant life in the U.S. as seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish anarchist movement.

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ROOSEVELT, NEW JERSEY: VISIONS OF UTOPIA

American Studies  Jewish Studies  Labor Studies  Sociology 

During the Great Depression, 120 families of Jewish garment workers from New York City moved to the New Jersey countryside to develop a government-sponsored, agro- industrial cooperative community. This film tells the story of the cooperative community through archival footage, photos and interviews with original homesteaders and their children.

THEY WERE NOT SILENT: THE JEWISH LABOR MOVEMENT AND THE HOLOCAUST
THEY WERE NOT SILENT: THE JEWISH LABOR MOVEMENT AND THE HOLOCAUST

American Studies  Jewish Studies  Labor Studies 

Tells the story of the anti-Nazi and rescue activities of the American Jewish labor movement, including their aid to the Underground fighters of the ghettoes of East Europe, and their assistance to Holocaust survivors in refugee camps across the globe. The video features rare archival footage and photos, plus interviews with labor veterans, Holocaust survivors and scholars.

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THE RETURN OF JOE HILL

American History  American Studies  Labor Studies  Music  Sociology  World History  Immigration 

Tells the story of Joe Hill (1879-1915), a Swedish immigrant to America who became a songwriter, cartoonist and labor organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and whose 1915 execution by the state of Utah for a crime he probably did not commit transformed him into a martyr for the labor movement and an international folk hero.

WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS
WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS

American History  American Studies  Architecture  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

From the first concept to the final rivet, The Statue of Liberty was the creation of volunteers. Strange to say, no government was involved. This documentary tells the exciting story of who was involved: hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens from all walks of life, even children, gave their small earnings to realize Miss Liberty, first in France and then in the U.S. It took 14 years to consummate.

THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS' STRUGGLE
THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS' STRUGGLE

Sociology  Political Science  Latino Studies  Labor Studies  Chicano Studies  American History  American Studies 

Tells the story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union, and the movement that he inspired-one that touched the hearts of millions of Americans with the grape and lettuce boycotts, a nonviolent movement that confronted conservative politicians like Ronald Reagan and the powerful Teamsters Union.

UP SOUTH
UP SOUTH

World History  Women's Studies  Labor Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies 

Part of the Who Built America? series, this video tells the vivid tale of the African-American exodus from the rural South to northern industrial cities during World War I.

1877: THE GRAND ARMY OF STARVATION
1877: THE GRAND ARMY OF STARVATION

World History  Labor Studies  American Studies  American History 

This video looks at a nationwide rebellion that brought the U.S. to a standstill, when 80,000 railroad workers went out on strike to protest the excesses of the railroad companies.

DOING AS THEY CAN: slave life in the american south
DOING AS THEY CAN: slave life in the american south

American Studies  American History  African-American Studies  World History  Women's Studies  Labor Studies 

This video features a fugitive woman slave describing life, work, and day-to-day resistance to slavery on a North Carolina cotton plantation during the 1840s and 1850s.

TEA PARTY ETIQUETTE
TEA PARTY ETIQUETTE

American Studies  American History  World History  Women's Studies  Labor Studies 

This video is based on the life of Boston shoemaker George Robert Twelves and reveals how working people helped make the American Revolution.

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