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Reel America: "The Mexican American: A New Hope for Opportunity" - 1968

A child & his mother visit a health clinic

A child & his mother visit a health clinic

Mexico - Texas Border
Sunday, August 3, 2014

This 30 minute Office of Economic Opportunity documentary describes a fact-finding trip by members of congress and Johnson administration officials and their efforts to assist Spanish speaking Americans as part of the War on Poverty programs & immigration reform.

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:23pm (ET)

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Reel America: Lyndon Johnson on Civil Rights - 1972
Sunday, July 6, 2014     

Former President Johnson spoke at a Civil Rights symposium at his new presidential library in Austin, Texas. This was Lyndon Johnson’s final speech prior to his death only weeks later on January 22, 1973.

Reel America: "The River" 1938
Sunday, May 25, 2014     

This 31 minute documentary & New Deal promotional film describes the importance of the Mississippi River Valley to the United States while arguing that poor farming and lumbering practices have resulted in erosion, destructive floods, and poverty. This U.S. Government funded film argues that a variety of new programs are helping vulnerable people in the Mississippi River area.

Reel America: "Your National Archives" - 1953
Sunday, July 27, 2014     

An 18 minute documentary explaining the activities of the National Archives, including how the "Charters of Freedom" are stored & displayed, how documents are cleaned, how records are organized, and what kinds of records are stored there.  The film was produced for the Archives by the U.S. Air Force.

Reel America: "The Washington Parade: The Archives" - 1940
Sunday, July 27, 2014     

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Reel America: "The Flight of Apollo 11: Eagle Has Landed" - 1969
Sunday, July 20, 2014     

A half-hour NASA documentary detailing the first mission to land two men on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Reel America: Barry Goldwater 1964 Acceptance Speech
Sunday, July 13, 2014     

In this speech from July 16, 1964, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention. Goldwater, known as “Mr. Conservative” lost in a landslide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, but paved the way for younger conservatives. It was in this speech that Goldwater declared, “….extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice…” and  “…moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

JFK Assassination: Warren Commission Findings
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A week after John F. Kennedy's murder in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963, Lyndon Johnson established the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy - better known as the Warren Commission for its chairman, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. The commission issued its report in September 1964, concluding Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed President Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby acted alone when he killed Oswald. In this forum from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a half dozen former Warren Commission staff members discuss their investigation.

The Presidency: Ronald Reagan's Legacy
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Former President Ronald Reagan died at 93 in June 2004. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library hosted a discussion about the 40th president’s legacy. Panelists included Reagan biographer Lou Cannon and Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan.   

Reel America: "Oil Across Arabia" - 1950
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This Bechtel Corporation film documents the 1947 to 1950 development of a Saudi Arabian oil pipeline constructed by American companies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.  The 1,000 mile pipeline by-passed the need for a 3,000 mile oil tanker journey around Saudio Arabia to the Suez Canal. This pipeline ceased all operations in 1990.

Star-Spangled Banner 200th Anniversary
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In this program, we take you to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for a ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. The event includes remarks by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Also, a flag-raising at the exact time 200 years ago that Francis Scott Key saw a large American flag hoisted above the fort, signaling the garrison had survived an all-night bombardment by the British Navy. That moment on September 14, 1814, inspired Key to compose what would later become our National Anthem, and the American victory became a turning point in the War of 1812. 

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