World History

Affirmative Action and the USA | Wide Angle

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Brazil has labeled itself a "racial democracy," believing that it has escaped the racism that has plagued the United States. The introduction of U.S.-style affirmative action has forced the country to abandon this approach, and start addressing deep-seated racial issues that have long been denied or ignored. It has also created a whole new set of problems. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Brazil in Black and White," meet Humberto Adami, a civil rights attorney who has called in the help of lawyers from America’s NAACP in his effort to secure equal rights for Afro-Brazilians.

Night Transport | Wide Angle

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The working population of India’s BPO (business process outsourcing) industry is more than half women. In part because of this, India’s economic laws and structures had to be adjusted to meet the special demands of women employees. Safe forms of transport needed to be provided to ensure the security of women and to satisfy parents' concerns. In this video from the Wide Angle film "1-800-INDIA," learn about the women commuters of the BPO industry and an entrepreneur who has profited from providing night transport to the female workers of BPO firms.

Farmer's Dilemma | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

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Agriculture has long been the backbone of Ireland’s economy. However, the advent of the Celtic Tiger, the name given to Ireland's recent economic transformation, has many farmers struggling to earn a profit and with many in the younger generation less inclined to take over their families' businesses, the future of Ireland’s rural community remains bleak. In this segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," visit the farm of Ruaidhiri Deasy, a farmer who values his family’s history in agriculture, but also believes in the progress of the next generation.

Assassination Attempt of Hitler | Nazi Mega Weapons: The Wolf's Lair

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Learn how Hitler's own military turn against him. Hitler's isolation from the war led to terrible decisions and defeats for the Nazis. A secret network of sympathizers plotted his downfall and among them is Claus Von Stauffenburg. He devises a bomb with a silent timed fuse called a pencil detonator. When the opportunity comes he takes the bomb, inside a briefcase to the Wolf's Lair and leaves it in a meeting room with Hitler and many senior Nazis.

Egypt’s 2005 Election | Shayfeen.com Film Module

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In this module, students meet three Egyptian women who form a watchdog organization to monitor the 2005 multi-party elections; the first such elections allowed by President Mubarak in 25 years. They witness and report electoral fraud and voter intimidation, particularly in communities where there is support for opposition parties.

Himmler and the Occult Vision for Nazi Germany | Nazi Mega Weapons: The SS

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Learn about Himmler's cult centre of the SS, Wewelesburg Castle. In 1936, Himmler acquired a 17th century castle that he planned to turn into the spiritual home of the SS. He embarked on a massive renovation project, with all work to be carried out by concentration camp inmates. The evidence of the work he did can still be found at the castle, as Patrick Bury discovers when he investigates the moat, the Hall of the Supreme Leaders, and the Crypt.

Nazi Invasion of Western Europe | Nazi Mega Weapons: The Wolf's Lair

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Learn how Hitler engineered the first year of the war. Hitler invades Poland in September 1939, he runs all the military operations himself from the front line in a purpose built train. When the war moves to the west he knows that the Allied bombs and planes will make his train vulnerable. He orders his first fixed wartime base with the code name Felsennest. From this hidden bunker complex he orchestrates the invasion of France.

FDR's Trip to Liberia

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Learn about FDR's trip to Liberia to visit the black American troops that were stationed there during World War II in this clip from the WGBH production, Global Connections: Liberia.

The World's First True Submarine | Nazi Mega Weapons: Hitler's Killer Subs Part 5

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Today, Dr. Nick Bradbeer takes a tour of a completed Type 21 U-boat to examines technology that’s still in use. This u-boat was fast, silent and deadly.

Engineering of the Seigfried Line | Nazi Mega Weapons: The Seigfried Line

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Learn about the engineering of the defensive structures that make up the Siegfried Line. The Siegfried Line was designed as defense in depth. We explore two key feature here: one is the famous dragons teeth, formidable tank defenses; the other is the enormous Cats Head bunker. Four stories deep, this sprawling underground lair contains everything an 80 man troop needs to be self-sufficient for up to thirty days.

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