Industrialism Viewing and Discussion Programs
The following list of films may be used in programs that support use of Picturing America posters 12-A, 15-A, 15-B, and 17-A:
America Becomes a World Power. (2003) 30 min. Films Media Group. DVD: $99.95 (includes PPR).
This program covers the opening of Japan, the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii, the Open Door Policy in China, the Spanish-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion. The doctrinal struggle between Expansionists and Anti-Imperialists is also discussed. Related resources. Available from Films Media Group.
The Ascent of Money: Boom and Bust. (2009) 120 min. PBS. DVD: $44.95 (includes PPR).
The Ascent of Money provides an historical background on global finance’s big picture. Presenter Niall Ferguson, author of the book on which the program is based, speaks with leading experts, including financier George Soros, Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker, and more. Educator resources. Available from PBS Educational Media.
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. (2009) 240 min. PBS. DVD: $49.95 (includes PPR).
In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson seeks to explain the financial history of the world, exploring how our complex system of global finance evolved, how money has shaped the course of human affairs, and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth or catastrophic loss. Viewers learn economic fundamentals and an understanding of how the Chinese economy has risen to dominate the world. Educator resources. Available from PBS Educational Media.
The Industrial Revolution: A Program in Three Parts. (2005) 84 min. Liberty Fund. DVD: $22.
This DVD, in three parts, explains the significance of the Industrial Revolution by showing what it was, what caused it, and what were its consequences. Viewing guides. Available from Liberty Fund Books.
The People’s Republic of Capitalism. (2009) 176 min. Discovery Channel. DVD: $39.99.
A four-part documentary hosted by Ted Koppel. In “Joined at the Hip,” Koppel examines the inextricable links between both economies. In “MAO-ism to ME-ism,” he studies explosive social changes underway in Chongqing. “The Fast Lane” watches China’s fascination with making—and exporting—automobiles, while “It’s the Economy, Stupid” shows the politicaldownside of rapid growth. Available from Discovery Channel.
The Progressive Era. (2003) 31 min. Films Media Group. DVD: $99.95 (includes PPR).
This program provides an overview of the times, underscoring the importance of women’s suffrage, the Square Deal, the temperance movement, and other signal initiatives. Related resources. Available from Films Media Group.
Stories from the Mines: How Immigrant Miners Changed America. (2001) 57 min. Films Media Group. DVD: $169.95 (includes PPR).
This program uses location footage, archival film, period photos, dramatizations, and academic commentary to examine the coming-of-age of American labor. Available from Films Media Group.