Ethnic Notions

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Viewers on taken on a disturbing voyage through American social history in this documentary, which traces the evolution of anti-black racism through popular culture.

Ellis Island


Immigrants of every background recall their extraordinary adventures, from the treacherous passage across the sea to the start of a new life in a new land.

Eleanor Roosevelt (American Experience)


For more than thirty years, Eleanor Roosevelt was America’s most powerful and influential woman. Through interviews and rare home movie footage, this film reveals her hidden dimensions.

Diplomats for the Damned


As Hitler crossed Europe, millions of Jews and political enemies of the Third Reich were exterminated. Yet many more would have died were it not for the bravery of a few foreign service diplomats.

Deep Dark Secret


Using the Fernald School--a Waltham, Mass. institution in which children labeled as “feeble-minded” were confined by the state government--as a case study, this news segment examines the history of eugenics.

Days of Waiting


Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian women artist, was voluntarily interned with 110,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps in 1942. There, she recorded the deprivations and rigors of camp life with unusual insight.

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust


Three Jewish women recall their lives as teenagers in occupied Holland, Hungary, and Poland, when they found unexpected ways of fighting back as the Nazis rounded up local Jewish populations.

Darfur Now


Six diverse people striving to end the suffering in war-ravaged Darfur are followed in this documentary, demonstrating the power of individuals to influence social change.

Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians (DVD)


Scholars explore the history of the Armenian Genocide, the role of perpetrators and ordinary people, the choices made by Turkey and the United States, and questions of judgment and legacy.

Courage to Care


This film examines the motivation behind rescuers assisting victims in Nazi-occupied Europe. What moral and ethical dilemmas did non-Jews face when deciding to engage in rescue work?


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