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If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle (CD), by Pete Seeger.  Released May 19, 1998.  Songs of hope and struggle from America's favorite left-wing folksinger.  Music samples from the CD and a music review are provided by Amazon.com.

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Carry It On: Songs Of American Working People (CD), by Pete Seeger, Jane Sapp, and Si Kahn.  A song list is provided by Amazon.com.

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In My Heart: Live In Holland (CD), by Si Kahn.  A music anthology with 24 songs from Si Kahn, who is both a folksinger and political organizer.  Also available from Amazon.com.

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Peace is the World Smiling: A Peace Anthology For Families (CD), by many artists.  Warm and friendly multicultural folk music for kids of all ages advocating peace, love, and ecology.  Music samples from the CD are provided by Amazon.com

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I'm Gonna Let It Shine
(CD), by Bill Harley and friends.  A gathering of voices for freedom.. Spirited freedom songs from the civil rights movement.  You can buy the CD from Tower Records.

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The Harder They Come (CD), by Jimmy Cliff.  Spirited rebellious reggae music from Jamaica.  The soundtrack from the 1973 film "The Harder They Come".  Music samples from the CD and a music review are provided by Amazon.com.


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Milagro Beanfield War (video), by Robert Redford.  A classic green political movie.  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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Norma Rae (video).  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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1969 (video).  For sale by BigStar.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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Gandhi (video), by Ben Kingsley.  An inspirational 2 1/2-hour movie on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi.).  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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Diet for a New America (video), by John Robbins.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Organized Guide to Films About Labor
, by Tom Zaniello.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Missing
, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras.  If you're wondering why people want to put Pinochet on trial for crimes against humanity, this video will fill you in. 
In 1973, after a prolonged political conflict, General Pinochet militarily overthrow the democratically elected government of Chili with aid of ITT and the CIA.  According to Juntas United, "Pinochet's army invaded Santiago, the capital, bombed the presidential palace and began systematically torturing and exterminating the people who worked for Salvador Allende's elected government."  Juntas United estimates that 10% of the population fled the country within 5 years.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Romero
, starring: Raul Julia, et al., directed by John Duigan. 
The U.S. government led by then-President Ronald Reagan spent at least 4 billion dollars funding the death-squad government of El Salvador in the 1980s.  This story documents the repression, Salvadorean Roman Catholic Archbishop Romero's brave humane attempt to stop the escalating military violence, and his assassination by a right-wing death squad while he was preaching a sermon in church .  I have heard an estimate that at least 20% of the Salvadorean people fled to the U.S. in response to military repression and El Salvador's civil war.  (As a side note, when 500 people (including myself) were arrested and jailed in a massive nonviolent civil disobedience in front of the White House on the tenth anniversary of Archbishop Romero's assassination, the mainstream media ignored it.  As we watched the TV news from our jail cell, we didn't see our protest recorded in the news.  I do recall their lead story- that Redskin Dexter Manley had been busted for coke.  My complaint to the Washington Post Ombudsman Richard Harwood got the response "demonstrations are passť."  The police, on the other hand, deployed in force, seemed to think it was a large protest, and I heard some of them reminisce about the large anti-war May Day protest back in the early 70's.)  Reviewed by Amazon.com

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Liberty! The American Revolution
.  A 6-hour PBS documentary on the American Revolution.  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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The Good Fight, starring Mary Dore and Sam Sills, directed by Noel Buckner.  Documents the fight of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade- 3,200 Americans who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain in the late 1930's before the fascists started WWII. 
By the way, George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway both volunteered to fight fascism in Spain.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.  

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The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: Not for Ourselves Alone (1999) (video), directed by Ken Burns.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Half The People: Women Unite And Fight For Equality
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Skin Deep: The Fight Against Legislated Racism
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Reviewed by PBS.

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Eyes on the Prize Box Set (video box set).  A top-quality (but expensive) 14-hour PBS documentary of African-American freedom struggles in the civil rights movement from the 50's through the mid-80's.  You can probably borrow or rent the videos from a library or video store.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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The Speeches of Martin Luther King,  Powerful speeches by
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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King
, starring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson, directed by Abby Mann.  A made-for-TV movie documenting the life and untimely death of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  Currently out of print, but you can probably rent a copy from a video store or library.

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Malcolm X
, starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett, directed by Spike Lee.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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Viva La Causa, 500 Years of Chicano History (version in English) (video), directed by Elizabeth Martinez and Doug Norberg.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (video).  Reviewed by PBS.

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The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement, (video).  Reviewed by PBS.  You can also click here for more info on Cesar Chavez from LatinoLink.

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Freedom Now: Colonial Rule Is Overthrown in India and Africa
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by PBS.

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Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation
(video), starring Nelson Mandela and directed by Jo Menell and Angus Gibson.  Victorious ex-political prisoner and hero Nelson Mandela defeated apartheid and led a peaceful democratic transition to a multiracial South Africa.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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Guerrilla Wars: Cuba, Vietnam and Afghanistan
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by PBS.  Note: nonviolence is far, far preferable to armed struggle.

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Under Fire
, starring Gene Hackman and Nick Nolte, directed by Roger Spottiswoode.  This movie, while not a documentary, tells the story of the Nicaraguan revolution from the perspective of U.S. journalists. 
After the successful Nicaraguan revolution, Archbishop Oscar Romero played a valiant but unsuccessful role in trying to halt military and right-wing paramilitary abuses of power in El Salvador.  I listed his movie under repression because he was martyred instead of successful.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com

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People Power: The End of Soviet-Style Communism
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Reviewed by PBS.

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Berkeley in the Sixties
, directed by Mark Kitchell.  A lively 2-hour documentary.  The Berkeley Free Speech Movement (FSM) kicked off the 60's student protest movement and Berkeley was an epicenter of activism throughout the 60's.  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com

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Young Blood: Baby Boomers Rock Society For Change
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also r eviewed by PBS.

   
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Hair (video).  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com.

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The '60s
(video).  This 200-minute movie, while not a documentary, conveys the rebellious spirit of the 60's.  Produced in 1999.  You can also buy it from buy.com.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Also reviewed by Reel.com

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Endangered Planet
.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  Reviewed by PBS.

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Showdown in Seattle: 5 Days that Shook the WTO, from Paper Tiger Television.  A radical documentary of the militant Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 1999 protests against the WTO in Seattle.  You can buy the video or listen to the audio track for free on the Internet.

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Breaking the Bank, from Paper Tiger Television.  A radical documentary of the militant April 16, 2000 protests against the IMF and World Bank in Washington, DC.  You can buy the video from Paper Tiger Television.

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2002 Movie Guide-- Leonard Maltin, by Leonard Maltin.  A top-quality movie and video guide.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.


Political Songbooks
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Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook, by Peter Blood, spiral bound edition, convenient for use as a songbook.  (Also available in a paperback non-spiral bound edition.)  Words, chords, and sources to 12,000 songs, including a variety of political songs.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Carry It On!: The Story of America's Working People in Song and Picture
, by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser.

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Songs of Work and Protest, by Edith Fowke & Joe Glazer.  100 favorite songs of American workers complete with music and historical notes.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Sing for Freedom, by Guy Carawan.  The story of the civil rights movement through its songs.  (This book contains many more songs than Everybody Says Freedom.)

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Everybody Says Freedom, by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser.  Music, pictures, and stories from the civil rights movement.  (This book contains plenty of stories and pictures, but far fewer songs than Sing for Freedom.)  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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The Raging Grannies Songbook, edited by Jean McLaren and Heide Brown.  Published in 1993.  102 home-made protest songs to the tune of popular songs by the Raging Grannies, who are free-spirited Canadian protesters.  Their songs are about saving the environment, peace, protesting, speaking out, and other left-wing political causes.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.


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