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Special feature

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Inside a View Camera [Flash interactive]

Ansel Adams used a view camera to create his iconic photographs of American landscapes. View an interactive demonstration of how it works.

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Adams' Photo Gear [Text-based]

Photography equipment is no light load. Scan a list of items Ansel Adams carried with him on his photographic journeys.

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
One Favorite Place [Text-based]

William Tweed, chief park interpreter for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, talks about his job and the giant beauties that he helps protect.

Eugene O'Neill
Filmmaker Interview [Text-based]

Ric Burns talks about the O'Neill project.

Eugene O'Neill
Actors Video [Video]

Top Broadway actors perform and talk about O'Neill. Six clips.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Did Patty Hearst ever convert to the S.L.A. cause?

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Why Revolution? [Text-based]

Program interviewees discuss the reasons behind revolutionary attitudes.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Filmmaker Interview [Text-based]

Robert Stone describes his work.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
What's Your Bag? [Non-Flash interactive]

You're 17... with a lot of heavy life decisions to make. What does your future hold?

Hijacked!
The American Hijacker [Text-based]

Meet Patrick Arguello, the hijacker who was a U.S. citizen.

Race to the Moon
Astronaut Families [Text-based]

Find out what life was like in the Anders, Borman, and Lovell households.

Race to the Moon
Crew Conversations [Audio]

Listen in on the Apollo 8 crew with these onboard recordings. Twelve clips.

Race to the Moon
Apollo 8 Insider Stories [Text-based]

Zero gravity, waste in space, capsule contraband, claustrophobia...

RFK
Shock Year: 1968 [Flash interactive]

Explore 12 months of turmoil and uncertainty in America. Flash with non-Flash version available.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Three Generations [Text-based]

Trace the branches of a musical family.

Primary source

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Art or Document? [Text-based]

Some people think photography is a fine art. Others see it as a documentary tool. Explore a 150-year-old debate.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Homegrown Terrorists [Text-based]

Read an excerpt from a 1977 book on the Symbionese Liberation Army and the American Left.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Berkeley, circa 1973 [Text-based]

Patty Hearst's former fianc describes the Berkeley "scene."

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Mizmoon's Path to the S.L.A. [Text-based]

The brother of an S.L.A. member describes her first steps toward becoming a revolutionary.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Rolling Stone's Inside Story [Text-based]

In the fall of 1975, Rolling Stone published this inside account of Patty Hearst's last months with the S.L.A.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
The S.L.A. Psychodrama [Text-based]

An S.L.A. member explores the group's difficult dynamics at the end of their fugitive days in 1975.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
A Gross Top Grosser [Text-based]

Albert Grossman, who later wrote a controversial book about Elvis, reviewed his Las Vegas performance in 1970.

The Pill
The Pill: Negatively Affecting U.S. Morals? [Text-based]

Read one magazine's opinion about the sexual revolution.

Tupperware!
Brownie and Earl's Aphorisms [Text-based]

Read a selection of quotes from Brownie Wise and Earl Tupper and bask in the positive thinking of the 1950s.

Tupperware!
How to Sell Tupperware [Text-based]

Tupperware Home Parties motivated its dealers with an official handbook, Know How! The Guide to Making Money with Tupperware... In this selection, a Tupperware dealer educates a friend about party opportunities.

Tupperware!
The Power of Norman Vincent Peale [Text-based]

Words of wisdom from a household name of the 1950s, author of The Power of Positive Thinking.

Two Days in October
We Will be Out Talking About the War [Text-based]

A student activist promises a year of demonstrations.

Two Days in October
Shoot Them if Necessary [Text-based]

Wisconsin lawmakers try to get their university under control.

Gallery

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Ansel Adams' Portfolio [Image-based]

For over six decades, Ansel Adams turned his camera on the American wilderness, becoming one of the most recognized photographers in the world. Browse some of Adams's most beloved images in this photo gallery.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
The Hibernia Bank Robbery [Image-based]

Patricia Hearst and four members of the Symbionese Liberation Army were caught on camera robbing a branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco. Witness the hold up first-hand in these security camera photographs.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Carter Family Album [Image-based]

Browse through this gallery of photos of the Original Carters and their families.

Timeline

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Timeline: Photography and Wilderness [Text-based]

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a timeline of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Reagan
Timeline of Ronald Reagan's Life [Text-based]

Seabiscuit
Timeline [Text-based]

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
The Carter Family's Role in Country Music [Text-based]

Bibliography

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Further Reading [Text-based]

Eugene O'Neill
Further Reading [Text-based]

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Further Reading [Text-based]

Mount Rushmore
Further Reading [Text-based]

Seabiscuit
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Annie Oakley
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take aim at the myth of the West, explore the lives and expectations of 19th century women, envision America's future and its past as seen in 1893 when Frederick Jackson Turner delcared the American frontier to be "closed," and discuss the lives of Native Americans in the late 19th century and as icons of Western nostalgia.

Ansel Adams
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the closing of the wilderness, the American West, California history, Japanese American internment, the natural environment, conflicts between economic growth and conservation of the American landscape, photographs as documentary historical sources, media literacy, and the role of art.

Eugene O'Neill
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Gain insight into changes in American culture and society during O'Neill's life; the history of the American theater; audiences and "confessional culture"; and more.

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the cultural and political shifts of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the use of violence or terror to promote a cause, and law enforcement responses to terrorism.

The Quiz Show Scandal
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out about media ethics and evaluate the value of similar shows today by looking at the 1950s quiz show scandal.

Two Days in October
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the nation's divide over the Vietnam War, the experiences of young people as soldiers or protesters, first-person accounts of war, the manufacture and use of chemical weapons like napalm, the rise of antiwar protests, class tensions and socioeconomic differences between those who served and those who stayed home, and more.