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American History in Video

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  • What's in the Collection?

    People who witness notable historic moments, either in real time or on film, remember forever how they felt at the time. American History in Video includes 2,000 total hours of streaming video content. More than half is contemporaneous video from the 1890s to the 1980s. The early newsreels, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel, available online in their entirety only in this collection, capture history as it was made and reported to viewers of the time.

    This collection also includes hundreds of the documentaries most frequently used in history classrooms, from leading video content producers such as PBS, California Newsreel, Bullfrog Films, Documentary Educational Resources, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, The History Channel®, and others. Featuring dramatic reenactments and engaging analysis from prominent scholars and experts, these documentaries bring history alive. Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson. Understand the scope and legacy of the American Civil War with Ken Burns’s riveting PBS series. Grasp the zeitgeist of an era through PBS’s Summer of Love, Ken Burns's The West, and Africans in America.

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    How to Search

    •  Search power: Fifteen combinable search fields—including subject, event, era, date, place, historical figure, and speaker—let
    users quickly find what they’re looking for.
    •  Browse tools: In addition to the browse fields, the visual tables of contents let users scan what’s in a 30-minute video within seconds.
    •  Synchronized transcripts scroll along with the videos and are keyword searchable, letting students and researchers jump
    around within the video quickly.
    •  Linking and sharing: Permanent, per-second URLs allow users to cite, bookmark, link, embed, and share either entire videos or
    custom clips. Organize clips in playlists by theme, research topic, or course unit.
    •  Embed video directly in your online syllabus, course management system, library Web site, and online subject guides. Show
    clips or entire videos without worrying about permissions or copyright infringement—you’re automatically covered by the
    terms of your library’s subscription.