ENGL411 Themes in American Literature, RIT Croatia: Film/Media Resources

This guide provides a number of research resources that will help with locating information pertaining to course research for the RIT Croatia American Literature course.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand is a streaming platform for educational film and videos.  Search for closed-caption programs by selecting the checkbox on the Advanced Search page.  The films displayed on this page are a very small representative selection of what is available via the Films on Demand database.  There are many, many others.  Check it out!

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Boom America

Henry Ford’s Model T and assembly line, together with the discovery of abundant oil reserves, opened up a new way of life for Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century. This episode looks at those developments and traces the significance of World War I, prohibition, African-American migration from the South to northern cities, and the origin and growth of the Hollywood film industry.

Bust America

On October 29th, 1929, the boom era of the Jazz Age came to a crashing halt on Wall Street. The dramatic effects of the Great Depression and New Deal are the main topics of this program. Despite the country’s economic collapse, major public works projects such as the Hoover Dam offered proof of the industrial and technological might of the United States—and of the undeniable abilities of the American worker.

Superpower: America

America’s efforts invigorated the struggle against the Nazi stranglehold in Europe. In the Pacific, the ultimate piece of technology ended the war, and a new superpower took the global stage. In this program, many of America’s most prominent leaders and personalities reflect on defining moments in the evolution of post-war America—including the Cold War, the space race, the Civil Rights movement, and more.

World War II: America

Mired in the Great Depression, America’s economy revved up with the onset of World War II—an event that would dramatically reshape the nation and its socioeconomic landscape. This program delves into the WWII era with attention to the role of women and African-Americans, the use of new military technologies, and the enormous impact of this period on the standing of the U.S. in the world order.

Faces of America, 1965

This historical documentary depicts, in a kaleidoscopic manner, images of America that are representative of all facets of society in the United States. From the National Archives and Records Administration. (21 minutes)


The Cold War turns hot in Viet Nam… a burglary at the Watergate Hotel becomes a national crisis… a space shuttle ascent erupts in tragedy… these are a few of the momentous events examined in this program. The 9/11 attacks and the election of President Barack Obama are discussed, along with the technological forces that drove America toward the 21st century: television, the credit card, personal computers, and more.

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