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Civil Rights era video, streaming for all the world to see @Booth

Posted on September 29th, 2016

This collection of African American Civil Rights Movement era film and television is available to stream through Booth’s subscription to Alexander Street Press. The selected videos build on the bibliography compiled by Marlene Slough in the program booklet for the For All the World to See exhibit currently at Booth. The videos are subtitled and accompanied by text transcripts. (Please note that viewing access is restricted to Eastern Illinois University patrons.)

allpowertothepeopleAll Power to the People!
Documentary on the historical context for the establishment of the civil rights movement and the formation of the Black Panther Party. (1996, 1 hr. 57 min.)

childshallleadthemA Child Shall Lead Them
Tells the story of public school desegregation in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning with first graders in September 1957. (2008, 23 min.)


colorofjusticeThe Color of Justice
Explores judicial decisions that have shaped America’s racial attitudes—the Dred Scott case, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1970 court order to integrate the schools of Lamar, South Carolina—and reviews the efforts of modern political and judicial leaders to help break the color line in the nation’s schools, voting booths, courtrooms, and public accommodations. (1970, 24 min.)

februaryoneFebruary One
Documentary on the sit-in staged by four Black college students at the lunch counter of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth five and dime store. (2003, 57 min.)

freedomsummerFreedom Summer
Spotlights the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi on June 21, 1964. From the History Channel television miniseries 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America. (2006, 38 min.)

freedomtrainThe Freedom Train
Documents the National Negro Labor Council, formed in 1951 to advance Blacks in the workplace and eliminate racism inside the unions. (1996, 30 min.)

freedomscallFreedom’s Call
Dorothy Gilliam and Ernest Withers, two African-American journalists who covered the events of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, return to the deep South where it all took place. Their journey to Memphis, Little Rock, Oxford, Jackson and the Mississippi Delta brings back memories of those turbulent times. (2007, 47 min.)

homeofthebraveHome of the Brave
Documentary on the civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for Black suffrage in Selma, Alabama. (2003, 1 hr. 14 min.)

july64July ’64
Using archival footage and interviews with those who were present, this film explores the genesis and outcome of a three-night riot that erupted in two predominantly Black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York—the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination. (2004, 54 min.)

neverturnbackNever Turn Back
This tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, a nonviolent motivator in the civil rights movement, includes an interview with her, comments from individuals who knew her or her work, and scenes of her galvanizing civil rights workers. (1983, 59 min.)

wwwwwbOff the Pig / Mayday / Repression
A trio of early documentaries about the Black Panther Party, by the Newsreel film collective. From the What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party Library collection. (1968, 14 min.; 1969, 13 min.; 1969, 13 min.)


ohfreedomOh, Freedom!

Traces the Black civil rights movement from 1955 when a Black woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, to the cry for Black power nearly a decade later. Explores the movement and its impact through the words of the people involved, and through examinations of the concept of Black Power. (1970, 27 min.)

revolution67Revolution ’67
Focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today. (2007, 1 hr. 14 min.)

roadtobrownThe Road to Brown
This documentary tells the story of the battle to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson and of the man who led the charge, lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston. Moving from slavery to civil rights, the program provides a concise history of how African Americans finally won full legal equality. (1990, 57 min.)

rosaparksthepathtofreedomRosa Parks: The Path to Freedom
Biography of the dynamic but quiet woman whose demand for her civil rights led to the social changes of the 1960s. This documentary contains an overview of the events that took place in Montgomery, Alabama: Mrs. Parks’ arrest, the bus boycott, and the segregation laws that were finally overturned. (1996, 25 min.)

strangedemiseofjimcrowThe Strange Demise of Jim Crow
Not all civil rights victories of the 1960s played out in front of television cameras. This documentary focuses on Houston, Texas, as an example of how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quieter fashion, with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. (1997, 57 min.)

voicesofcivilrightsVoices of Civil Rights
Personal narratives of everyday people who lived through this transformative era, from bus boycotts in Birmingham to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the History Channel “Save Our History” series. (2005, 45 min.)

US presidential elections and other uncivilized brawls

Posted on September 27th, 2016

Our presidential elections are passionate, contentious, full of soaring rhetoric, beautiful oratory, underhanded, back-room, dirty-pool, cultural spectacles, and among the most important events in the life of citizens in a representative democracy.

The list below represents books and DVDs, (documentary and fiction films) representing every presidential election since 2000 and many other political contests besides. Come take a look and check a few out along the 3rd floor corridor of Booth.


  • 2004 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective
  • JK526 2004 .A14 2005
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  • Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey Of G.w. Bush
  • Bruni, Frank.
  • E889 .B78 2002x
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  • Battle for America, 2008: The Story Of an Extraordinary Election
  • Balz, Daniel J.
  • E906 .B35 2009
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  • Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom Of Power
  • Unger, Craig.
  • E840.8.R68 U64 2012x
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  • Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win
  • Steele, Shelby.
  • E901.1.O23 S74 2008
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  • Budd Schulberg’s a Face in the Crowd
  • PN1997 .F23x .DVD
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  • Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
  • JK5493 2006 .C36 2007x .DVD
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  • Cracked but Not Shattered: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Unsuccessful Campaign for the Presidency
  • E887.C55 C73 2009
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  • Crossroads: The Future Of American Politics
  • JK2316 .C76 2003
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  • Disputed Presidential Election Of 2000: A History and Reference Guide
  • Dover, E. D. (Edwin D.), 1946-
  • JK526 2000 .D676 2003
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  • Double Down: Game Change 2012
  • Halperin, Mark,
  • E910 .H35 2013
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  • Election 2000 the Florida Squeeze.
  • JK526 2000 .E64 2003x .DVD
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  • Election 2004: How Bush Won and What You Can Expect in the Future
  • Thomas, Evan, 1951-
  • E905 .T56 2004x
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  • Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics
  • Ceaser, James W.
  • JK526 2008 .C43 2009
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  • First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding Of American Democracy
  • Pasley, Jeffrey L., 1964-
  • E320 .P37 2013
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  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Mccain and Palin, and the Race Of a Lifetime
  • Heilemann, John, 1966-
  • JK526 2008 .H454 2010x
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  • Hanging Chads: The Inside Story Of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida
  • Pleasants, Julian M.
  • JK526 2000 .P58 2004
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  • Historical Dictionary Of the Clinton Era
  • Conley, Richard Steven.
  • E885 .C66 2012
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  • How to Predict Elections.
  • Bean, Louis H. (Louis Hyman), 1896-1994.
  • JK2007 .B4
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  • Journeys with George a Home Movie
  • E889 .J68 2004x .DVD
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  • King Of Steeltown Hardball Politics in the Heartland
  • F534.E37 K56 2001x .DVD
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  • Made in Chicago the Making Of Barack Obama
  • E908 .M334 2009x .DVD
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  • Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns Of All Time: Countdown from No. 25 to No. 1
  • Swint, Kerwin C.
  • JK2281 .S8798 2006
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  • Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election
  • Kenski, Kate.
  • JK524 .K36 2010
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  • Paler Shade Of Red: The 2008 Presidential Election in the South
  • JK526 2008 .P35 2009
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  • Red over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics
  • Ceaser, James W.
  • JK526 2004 .C43 2005
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  • Thirty Ways Of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers
  • E887.C55 T55 2008x
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  • Understanding the 2000 Election: A Guide to the Legal Battles That Decided the Presidency
  • Greene, Abner, 1960-
  • KF5074.2 .G74 2001
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  • Unprecedented the 2000 Presidential Election
  • JK526 2000 .U57 2004x .DVD
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  • Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America
  • Drew, Elizabeth.
  • E885 .D75 1997
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  • Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
  • Frank, Thomas, 1965-
  • JK2356 .F72 2008
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  • Yes We Can! the Barack Obama Story.
  • E907 .Y48 2009x .DVD
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Scary movies for Halloween!

Posted on September 25th, 2016

Library Technology Services staff member Lee Whitacre wants to scare you! She has curated several of the scariest, funniest, and classic supernatural and/or  horror movies from Booth’s film and TV collection. See below and come to the 4th floor LTS corridor to check them out!


  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • PN1997.5 .C53x .DVD
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  • Yeux Sans Visage Eyes Without a Face
  • PN1997 .Y469x .DVD
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African American movie theaters in Chicago

Posted on September 16th, 2016

On the 4th floor of Booth library near the Library Technology Services desk is a new exhibit featuring movie theaters in Chicago that catered to African American movie-goers. The display features the buildings and their history, as well as books on African American film studies and DVDs of black films from the era that might have been screened in the theaters. See below for a sample of the titles available and pictures of some of the fantastic old theaters. Thanks to LTS staff member Lee Whitacre for her research and curation of the exhibit.

  • Blackface: Reflections on African-americans and the Movies
  • George, Nelson.
  • PN1995.9.N4 G46 1994
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  • Cinema Civil Rights: Regulation, Repression, and Race in the Classical Hollywood Era
  • Scott, Ellen C., 1978-
  • PN1995.9.N4 S35 2014
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  • Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past
  • PN1995.9.U64 C65 2003
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  • Downtown Chicago’s Historic Movie Theatres
  • Schiecke, Konrad, 1938-
  • PN2277.C4 S35 2012
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  • Oscar Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones
  • PN1997 .C337x .DVD
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  • Pekin: The Rise and Fall Of Chicago’s First Black-owned Theater
  • Bauman, Thomas, 1948-
  • PN2277.C42 P45 2014
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  • Soul Searching: Black-themed Cinema from the March on Washington to the Rise Of Blaxploitation
  • Sieving, Christopher.
  • PN1995.9.N4 S54 2011
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The Roosevelt Theater


The Black owned Black operated Pekin Theater opened n 1904.

Regal Theater

Regal Theater


The famous Chicago Theater


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