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What Is an American? : the American Future

Author: Simon Schama; BBC Worldwide Ltd.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], ©2008.
Series: American Future.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who should be allowed to enter the United States and call themselves an American has always been one of the nation's most divisive issues - and it continues to be so during the 2008 presidential election. In this program, Simon Schama looks at the bitter conflict over immigration, tracing its roots to the founding of America. The early settlers were themselves immigrants but they saw America as fundamentally a white  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
History
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2008
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Schama; BBC Worldwide Ltd.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 841532950
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 16, 2013.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 6 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (51 min.)) : sound, color.
Contents: America's Struggle to Define Itself (3:23) --
A Society of Free Individuals (2:41) --
America's Changing Demographic (2:02) --
U.S. Border Vigilantes (3:58) --
Battle of San Jacinto (3:07) --
Manifest Destiny: a Land Grab (2:03) --
Mexican-American Identity (3:08) --
Fear of Non-Western Immigrant Cultures (1:49) --
Early Chinese-American History (2:28) --
Exploiting Immigrants to Build America (2:24) --
Backlash Against Chinese Immigrants (1:20) --
Truckee's Anti-Chinese Campaign (3:59) --
Xenophobia Towards Chinese Immigrants (2:08) --
Chinese Exclusion Act (2:01) --
Immigration: Good for Business (1:46) --
Americanizing New Immigrants (2:27) --
Learning English through Coercion (1:55) --
Promoting a Multi-Ethnic Nation (2:59) --
Electing a Multi-Ethnic President (4:20) --
Credits: What Is an American? The American Future (0:41).
Series Title: American Future.
Other Titles: American Future
Responsibility: BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Abstract:

Who should be allowed to enter the United States and call themselves an American has always been one of the nation's most divisive issues - and it continues to be so during the 2008 presidential election. In this program, Simon Schama looks at the bitter conflict over immigration, tracing its roots to the founding of America. The early settlers were themselves immigrants but they saw America as fundamentally a white and Protestant nation. Schama examines the key events that challenged this view: the annexation of parts of Mexico in 1848, the immigration and subsequent expulsion of the Chinese in the late 19th century, and the massive emigration from Eastern Europe during the 1920s.

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