by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services
As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s take a moment to remember the struggle that took place to build this nation. There were the actual battles of the Revolution, of course, but the drive to build a new land had been going on for hundreds of years. Here is a list of films from our collection that represent (or were inspired by) events surrounding our nation’s birth.
The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection, which can be searched by movie theme (or topic) as well as categories such as time period, genre, or language. Visit library.miami.edu/UDVD to view the entire collection.
Based on the memoir and letters of Mary Silliman, this film depicts the struggle during the American Revolutionary War, in Fairfield, Conn., a town deeply and bitterly divided over independence. After the kidnapping and imprisonment of her husband by the British, Mary Silliman managed to secure her husband’s freedom while still handling domestic affairs and coping with the war.
Torn between his revolutionary political beliefs and his love for the daughter of a Virginia Tory, Nathan Holden struggles with his fellow patriots for independence. But at the crossroads of this path to freedom stands Captain Walter Butler. A murderous redcoat, Butler ravages the fledgling colonies with a band of barbaric Mohawks.
While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.
In this dramatized narrative, illustrated with photographs and illustrations from 19th-century books and periodicals, a poor shoemaker from colonial Boston, George Robert Twelves Hewes, describes his experiences in the struggle for American independence, revealing how working people helped make the American Revolution and how they were changed in the process.
The love of Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a British colonel, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French, and Native American allies in colonial America.
In 1620, a group of religious outcasts boarded the Mayflower in England and set sail for the New World, where they founded a tiny wilderness outpost that was the genesis for what would become the United States of America. This is their thrilling story, a tale of hardship and devotion, of storms, hunger and disease, faced and defied.
A group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret ceremony. When the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon, the entire village is consumed by hysteria and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax.
Liberty! is a exuberant documentary about the American Revolution and our fight for freedom. It chronicles the events leading up to the declaration of war and the lasting effects these events had on shaping our country today.
A television mini-series chronicling the life of George Washington during the French and Indian War, the coming and commencement of the Revolutionary War, and the victory of the independence from England.
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade 17th-century Virginia.
Traces Franklin’s life from humble beginnings to fame as a scientist, founding father, and America’s first diplomat to France.
In the 17th century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet “A” on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.