Andrew J. Bacevich
Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life. "Because of this preoccupation with the presidency," says Bacevich, "the president has become what we have instead of genuine politics, instead of genuine
William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech
By the early 1890s, the Populist Party and figures within the
Democratic and Republican Parties advocated "free silver" (a
silver-standard currency at a high price for silver that would bring
inflation). The Populists represented an alliance of rural interests
and silver mining interests. Free silver advocate William Jennings
Bryan became the Democratic presidential candidate of 1896, delivering
the famous "Cross of Gold" speech denouncing the gold sta
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin Campaign Video
This short, clever video is patterned after campaign videos of American politicians: "Duck for President. Left wing, right wing, a fresh bill on capital hill." It promotes the book Duck for President by Doreen Cronin. Colorful, with male narrator and music. Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin won a Caldecott honor from the American Library Association for a previous picture book collaboration. (0:50)
Vietnam War - The Impact of Media
Vietnam War - "The Impact of Media" explores in detail the 'media distortions' due to television's misrepresentations during the Vietnam War. It rebuts the view promoted by PBS 's 13-part documentary series, "Vietnam: A Television History". The rebuttal also applies to "The Ten Thousand Day War" series. "The Impact of Media" is a must-see for historians and politicians alike. The late president Ronald Reagan lauded this rebuttal video when he watched it and said that it's "something all American
This video shows footage of WWII and it is accompanied by music. It shows effects of the Atomic Bombs and you can also hear some of the politicians of the time giving part of their speeches.
The Policy-Making Cycle
This video is accompanied by text. "Political socialization is the process by which people learn and form opinions about government and politics. This process typically begins at home, where children overhear their parents talking about political issues, concerns, and politicians. Most people can probably recall a time when they heard their parents or other adults praising or ranting about a politician. The things that are said, both good and bad, influence how young minds perceive government an
Valentine's Day Song
The video starts by counting 10 hearts, then sings a valentine song to the tune of "One Little Indian." Hearts are on a felt board while the teacher sings. Various shapes are also taught between the song.This video is really great for small children to catch on to.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Video discusses the electromagnetic spectrum. It starts with the various wave lengths and where visible light is found. Visible light is represented by only 1 inch on an electromagnetic scale of over 2,000 miles.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
The electromagnetic spectrum allows physicists to classify different types of electromagnetic waves on the basis of their wavelengths and frequencies. What determines the wavelength and frequency of a given wave and distinguishes one wave on the spectrum from another is the amount of energy each wave carries -- specifically, the level of energy in the photons of each. This video segment adapted from FRONTLINE explores the different types of radiation represented by electromagnetic waves and how
Women in Politics
A three minute video highlighting some of the most important women in American politics. Needs more background to be of more value. Just a selection of sound bites, but good insights.
Paris Peace Conference - 1919
The video shows footage of the time. You can see who the leaders of the peace conference were and what they wanted. There are images of destroyed cities. The main aims of the winners are listed. Wilson's suggestions are explained. Post war politics in Germany is explained and the role of communism. There is reference to the way in which the leaders drew the map of Europe anew. There is a map shown. There is an account of the main terms of the The Treaty of Versailles.
While the American system of politics has generally been defined as a two-party system, occasionally a third party emerges, influencing elections and siphoning important votes from the major parties. Third parties often begin as single-issue parties that oppose or promote a certain social, economic, or political topic. For example, the Republican Party formed in the 1850’s as a third party in opposition to slavery. Similarly, in 2000, Ralph Nader formed the Green Party that focused on environm
Route of a Bill Through Congress
A bill is a piece of legislation that has been proposed but has not been passed. Bills come from many sources, such as politicians, private citizens, special interest groups, and the president. However, only members of Congress have the right to introduce a bill for consideration. While Congress is in session for a two-year term, its members introduce between 10,000 and 11,000 bills. However, Congress passes only around five or six percent of the bills that are introduced. (Video is narrated wit
While the president is limited to serving two terms in office, members of Congress can serve an unlimited number of terms. In the mid-nineteenth century, most congressional representatives served only a single term because at that time politics was not considered a career. However, by the mid-twentieth century, congressional representatives began to view holding congressional office as a prestigious career. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)