Schlessinger Media sent along the following announcement:

Schlessinger Media sent along the following announcements:

Schlessinger Media Releases Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century: Voices in Time Series on DVD

“Throughout the 20th century, charismatic world leaders used the power of speech to communicate difficult truths, galvanize citizens to fight for independence and to unite nations to defeat foreign enemies. The motivational words of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela instilled confidence during times of great crisis and helped garner mass support for their visions of the future, while the tortured logic and twisted propaganda of Adolf Hitler inspired others to commit unspeakable acts of violence. The 13-part documentary series Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century: Voices in Time provides students with engaging historical analysis of selected portions of a wide variety of famous speeches. Combined with wonderful period footage and informed expert commentary, viewers will gain a unique perspective of world history through the voices of those who shaped it.”

The DVD Titles in the series are:

  • Winston Churchill
  • David Lloyd George: The Creation of the Modern Welfare State
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Richard Nixon
  • Emmeline Pankhurst: Champion of the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Woodrow Wilson


Schlessinger Media Releases Critically Acclaimed Titles on DVD

Black Americans of Achievement: Harriet Tubman

“(1820-1913) Risking capture and death, anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman led more slaves to freedom than anyone else in American history. Born into slavery on a Maryland plantation, Tubman was caught trying to escape and savagely beaten. Twenty years later, she escaped successfully to the free North, where she began her career as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, guiding more than 300 blacks to freedom. During the Civil War, Tubman assisted the Union army as a nurse, a spy and by leading a series of devastating raids on Confederate positions. After the war ended, she built a home for old and impoverished blacks in her adopted hometown of Auburn, New York. Part of the Black Americans of Achievement DVD Collection that celebrates the most influential African Americans in history.”

Black Americans of Achievement: Langston Hughes

“(1902-1967) Poet Langston Hughes attended an all-white school as a child. Feeling lonely and isolated, he turned to reading and writing poetry. Inspired by Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, Hughes wrote free verse, using African-American dialects, words and rhythms. His career flourished in the 1920s, but the Depression caused him to consider the benefits of socialism and communism. He traveled to the Soviet Union and returned committed to the ideals of social reform and racial justice. Hughes’ poetry expresses the strongest hopes and frustrations of African Americans in the 20th century. Part of the Black Americans of Achievement DVD Collection that celebrates the most influential African Americans in history.”

Black Americans of Achievement: Martin Luther Kins, Jr.

(1929-1968) Moving interviews with civil rights leaders Andrew Young and James Farmer detail the inspirational life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Born in Atlanta, King was the son of a preacher and a church musician. He became a minister himself, inspired by his father’s associate, Benjamin Mays, and by the teachings of Gandhi, whose nonviolent approach to social change he adopted. With Rosa Parks’s arrest in 1955, King’s desegregation efforts began in earnest. He formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and motivated lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Riders and the removal of “For Colored Only” signs. In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became a pivotal force in the passing of the voting rights law. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Part of the Black Americans of Achievement DVD Collection that celebrates the most influential African Americans in history.

Cesar Chavez

“(1927-1993) Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to the fight against injustices suffered by migrant farm workers. Chavez founded the United Farm Workers of America, an AFL-CIO labor union, giving exploited workers a way to challenge bad conditions and low salaries. His nonviolent stance proved that dedication to a cause can be even more effective than force, and his example continues to inspire individuals and movements worldwide. Interviews with Richard Chavez (Cesar’s brother) and Dolores Huerta (co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America) describe Cesar’s character and his devotion to his work.”

Equality: A History of the Women’s Movement in America

“Modern-day women of achievement introduce the women of the past who have figured prominently in the early equality movement in America. Leading scholars and social activists such as Gloria Steinem, Anna Quindlen and Ellen Goodman reflect upon American heroines like Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and others who willingly made enormous sacrifices to advance the position of women in this country and propel the equality movement forward”

A History of the Civil Rights Movement

“Separate but Equal” facilities and Jim Crow laws provide the realistic backdrop for this insightful and moving visual history of the Civil Rights Movement. The most dramatic moments in the fight for equality are presented, from the historic case of Plessy v. Ferguson to roles of many prominent African Americans like Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Interviews with Andrew Young, James Farmer and other leading authorities illuminate the enduring spirit that inspired bus boycotts, lunch

counter sit-ins, freedom marches and demonstrations.”

A History of Slavery in America

“This comprehensive program chronicles the institution of slavery in North America, beginning with the notorious “middle passage” from Africa in the 1600s through Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, emancipation and Reconstruction. Expert interviews and archival photographs help to describe slave resistance, the slave family, abolitionism, slave religion and the difficulties facing post-war Black Americans, dispelling the myth that slavery was a passive state and highlighting the persistent struggle by African Americans to end it.”

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