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  • 12 Years a Slave: In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he is rescued.

  • 300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire: Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.

  • A Beautiful Mind: John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film, "A Beautiful Mind.".

  • A Christmas Carol: The classic story, by Charles Dickens, told in a new way. Read, or hear, this abridged and dramatized version as Ebenezer Scrooge finds a new way to live his life.

  • Agent of Grace: Statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Westminster Abbey in London.

  • Alamo, The: Texians, rebel forces who want their independence from Mexico, fight at the Alamo against Mexican general Santa Anna. The Alamo falls on March 6, 1836. This led to the battle cry: "Remember the Alamo!...

  • Alex and Emma: Fyodor Dostoevsky bargains badly with a publisher and has to produce a novel within one year.

  • Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great is born into wealth, driven by ambition, and serves as a role model.

  • Amazing Grace: On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no longer say you didn't know'' (about the slave trade)...

  • Amistad Incident: Kidnapped Africans, on board La Amistad, do not consider themselves slaves and revolt. Not long thereafter they are captured and put on trial.

  • Angels & Demons: Angels and Demons is a fictional movie set in Vatican City, and which includes historical and scientific facts.

  • Antwone Fisher: Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

  • A Plan for Freedom: One of Bass' letters reaches the right people in the North. Henry Northup makes a plan to free Platt (Solomon Northup).

  • ARGO: Tensions between the US and Iran still run high. Is there a cause for this ongoing friction? On the 27th of January, 1980, six diplomats secretly escape from Iran. Argo is a film about the rescue of t...

  • Attila the Hun: Attila, king of the fifth-century Huns, seeking land, destroys many towns during his eight-year rule.

  • Aviator: For his entire life, Howard Hughes was afraid of germs and their effect on him.

  • Bagger Vance and the Bhagavad Gita: Steven Pressfield reveals ancient principles from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, in a modern story set in the sport of golf.

  • Bass Helps Platt (Solomon Northup): Risking his own life, Bass agrees to write letters for Platt (Solomon Northup), alerting people in the North that he is wrongfully being held as a slave near Marksville, Louisiana.

  • Beowulf: Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

  • Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short's mutilated body is found a week after she is last seen; no one knows what happened to her.

  • Black Hawk Down: US military troops enter every battle thinking they will win because of superior technology; this isn't always the case.

  • Blow: George Jung and Carlos Lehder, who meet in jail, agree to flood the US with cocaine. Lehder hopes to destroy America's politics and moral structure.

  • Bobby Kennedy: As President John F. Kennedy's little brother, Bobby Kennedy (RFK), is a close advisor to the President and plays an important role in history.

  • Braveheart: William Wallace, a Scottish landowner, is a key leader during the war with England for Scottish independence.

  • Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies." Protecting his real identity, this spy uses the name of a deceased friend to let the Soviet government know he had bee...

  • Brotherhood of the Wolf: A fierce wolf-like animal, La Bete, kills over 100 people in the valleys and fields of Auvergne in France.

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin: In September 1943, Germans massacre Italian soldiers who occupy the Greek island of Cephalonia.

  • Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg reveals Frank Abagnale's life in a movie that includes themes of divorce, loneliness, law breaking and redemption.

  • Charlotte's Web: A spider spinning a web, and the death of a "precious" pig, inspire Andy (E.B.) White to compose a beloved children's classic.

  • Chicago: The Movie: The 1920s are a time of good living and great change. In Chicago, a young reporter named Maurine Dallas Watkins, writes a play based on real-court cases.

  • Cinderella Man: When Jim Braddock makes one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Damon Runyon coins the nickname, Cinderella Man.

  • Cold Mountain: William Bartram's 1791 book, "Travels Through North and South Carolina," accompanies Inman as he flees the Civil War.

  • Conspirator - Mary Surratt: Although questions remain, Mary Surratt is arrested, tried, convicted and executed for her part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Deepwater Horizon: Disaster in the Gulf: On the 22nd of April, 2010, an oil rig known as ''Deepwater Horizon'' dramatically sinks in four minutes, causing the worst oil-spill in American history. Two days before, explosions on the rig kill 1...

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson's story about good and evil comes alive in this abridged version.

  • Elizabeth I: The Golden Age: Elizabeth becomes the strong heir desired by Henry VIII even though he had six wives and a male heir.

  • Enemy At The Gates: Hitler believes he can defeat Stalingrad, while Stalin refuses to let Soviet troops surrender.

  • Erin Brockovich: Erin Brockovich, working at a law firm, finds PG&E is polluting the air, water, and soil with toxic chemicals.

  • Errol Flynn and His Famous Trial: Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn, uses his acting talent to beat rape charges.

  • Evelyn: Changing The Law In Ireland: Evelyn Doyle's life changes for the worst when her mother abandons the family.

  • Fighter, The: Boxing trainer Dickie Eklund fights crack cocaine and helps his brother recover from a career-threatening injury.

  • Finding Neverland: James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie begins to write Peter Pan in 1903; it is a story based on five real boys he knows.

  • Flags Of Our Fathers: Feb/March, of 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima battle. Thousands of US Marines head toward the island on ships. Their mission is to wrest the strategically significant territory, held by ...

  • Flyboys: American pilots fly combat missions with France in WWI, although America is not yet in the war.

  • Four Feathers, The: Lord Kitchener and Anglo-Egyptian forces face Sudanese troops at Omdurman; a young Winston Churchill accompanies the Lancers.

  • Franklin & Armfield Slave Pen: Originally owned by Franklin & Armfield, dealers in slaves, this slave pen was located not far from the U.S. Capitol.

  • Galveston and the Great Storm of 1900: Unlike today, when people have storm warnings, a devastating hurricane overwhelms Galveston, Texas in September of 1900, killing over 8,000 people. U.S. forecasters had ignored Cuban warnings.

  • Gangs of New York: Gangs of New York is a movie about gangs in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan.

  • Gladiator: A terrible and vicious Roman ruler, Commodus even enters the arena, pretending to be a gladiator.

  • Gods and Generals: The Civil War begins when the Palmetto flag replaces the US flag at Ft. Sumter on April 14, 1861.

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