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Stop the Train!

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On March 23, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation opening two million acres of Oklahoma land to settlement. A month later, with a teeming crush of pioneers, the Oklahoma Land Rush was on.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Unabridged)

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More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Unabridged)

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

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In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple's mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California.

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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

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This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction. The American Revolution was a war that divided families (English loyalists versus eager Patriots) and one of the families being torn apart is the Meeker family.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

The Book Thief

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Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an "extremely moving" (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson). Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler's army, Liesel befriends him.

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With All Deliberate Speed: A look at the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education (2005)

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History Ignored is History Repeated

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education that the concept of "separate but equal" school segregation was unconstitutional. But in this landmark ruling, the Justices used a four-word phrase that many believe has delayed the process of change for over 50 years: "With All Deliberate Speed."

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With All Deliberate Speed: A look at the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education

Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)

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Not For Ourselves Alone tells the dramatic, little-known story of one of the most compelling friendships in American history. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of a majority of American citizens.

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Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Poisoned Waters (2009)

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More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries of Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people.

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FLOW: For Love of Water (2008)

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Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization fo the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

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The Last Ocean: The Toothfish and the Battle for Antarctica's Soul (2012)

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The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth. Scientists describe it as a 'living laboratory', a place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems. But the fishing industry recently found its way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic toothfish and, unless fishing is stopped, the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever.

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The Last Ocean: The Toothfish and the Battle for Antarctica's Soul

The Future of Food (2004)

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There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers and in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

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Kuruwitu: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2011)

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A traditional fishing community on Kenya's coast declares a no-fishing zone along their stretch of coastline in an effort to halt the total destruction of their marine resources, to bolster fish numbers and to create opportunities for marine tourism.

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Time of Fear (2004)

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In World War II more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps dotted across the western United States. TIME OF FEAR tells the story of the 16,000 men, women, and children who were sent to two relocation camps in southeast Arkansas--one of the poorest and most racially segregated places in America.

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China From the Inside (2006)

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China is rapidly becoming a world power, but much of the country and its people remain hidden to those outside its borders. CHINA FROM THE INSIDE includes visits to temples in Tibet, border areas of Muslim Xinjiang, Communist Party meetings, a village election, court rooms, newspaper offices, a women's labor camp, and a country wedding.

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Digital Nation (2010)

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Within a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and socialize in ways that we are only beginning to understand.

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