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Summary: This collection of documentaries produced by A & E presents a broad overview of organized crime in America, beginning with immigrants who formed gangs soon after arriving in the late 19th century. The focus is on Italian-American gangsters, though there are mentions of Irish and Jewish gangs, which at various times cooperated with or competed against the Mafia, and one program in the collection...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: A & E Television Networks 2001

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV MAF

Applebaum, Anne

Summary: Discusses the creation of the Communist regimes that took hold in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II and describes what daily life was like in these countries.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Doubleday 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 947 APP

Summary: Using historical footage and dramatic reenactments, this film focuses on one of the seminal events in the march for human rights -- the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s. Thousands of people from across the nation joined in a struggle for justice for the some of the most exploited people in the United States.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Southern Poverty Law Center 2012

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC VIV

Neff, James

Summary: In a book based on newly released documents, the author sheds a new light on the historic battle between U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa during the Senate Rackets Committee hearings and beyond during 1957 to 1964.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.921 NEF

Dulemba, Elizabeth O.

Summary: Jack loves everything about Coppertown except its thriving mining industry, which long ago drove nature out of the town, but when a strike threatens to close the mine, Jack's family and others may be forced to leave for new jobs and homes.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J Fiction Dulemba 2013

Summary: From acclaimed Chicago filmmaking collective Kartemquin Films comes a collection of three important labor stories of the 1970's. These films not only allowed the workers and their union to tell their compelling stories but they also affected the course of events for each union. -- container.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Facets Video 2006

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC LAB

Summary: Like fish bait cast into a pool of sharks, idealistic Dorfmann arrives in Brussels with visions of a united Europe to serve an ambitious British Director of the European Economic Community, Michael Spearpoint. Planning to get rich exploiting the newly-liberated nations of Eastern Europe, wily bureaucrats and entrepreneurs compete to misuse the naïve Dorfmann, dubbed "Prince Stupid," for their...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by BFS Video 2007

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD BRITISH TV GRA
1 available in British Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD BRITISH TV GRA

Summary: Examines Trotsky, the revolutionary, venerated and reviled, loved, hated, feared. Archive material compiled from all over the world, citations and new shoots create an electrifying proximity to the historical person and to the man Leon Trotsky.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2000

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV TRO

Haynes, John Earl.

Contents: Early Cold War spy cases -- The precursors -- Elizabeth Bentley: the case of the blond spy queen -- The Alger Hiss--Whittaker Chambers case -- The atomic espionage cases -- Judith Coplon: the spy who got away with it -- The Soble-Soblen case: last of the early Cold War spy trials -- The decline of the ideological spy.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Cambridge University Press 2006

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.131 HAY

Farrell, Mary Cronk

Summary: Traces the life of Fannie Sellins, a union activist who traveled the nation promoting fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in the garment and mining industries.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Books for Young Readers 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 SEL

Morris, Bob (Robert K.)

Summary: "Ken Morris's journey began one cold Pittsburgh morning in 1935. In the middle of the Great Depression, he was going to see the country as a door-to-door salesman. Detroit was to be his first and last stop. Life was hard and few people during this time of crisis knew how their future would evolve. After months of unemployment, Ken found a job at the Briggs Manufacturing Company, the toughest...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: iUniverse LLC 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 331 MOR

Summary: "The Bridge" is a police district which includes a wealthy, upscale suburb and a lower-class, crime-plagued neighborhood, with the two separated by a highway bridge. Frank Leo, the newly elected police union head with an angry attitude and no patience for the corruption that permeates the force, does whatever is called for to protect the beat cops in Bridge District from the brass as they do a...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One 2011

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Burrows, William E.

Summary: Unknown to the public and cloaked in the utmost secrecy, the United States flew missions against the Communist bloc almost continuously during the Cold War in a desperate effort to collect intelligence and find targets for all-out nuclear war. The only hint of the relentless, clandestine operations came when one of the planes was shot down. Many of the air force and navy flyers were killed on...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2001

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Solzhenit͡s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich

Summary: Autobiographical story of the plight of a Russian citizen imprisoned in one of Stalin's slave labor compounds.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: New American Library 2009

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC SOL

Solzhenit͡s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich

Summary: Recounts the experiences of Shukhov, a prisoner at a Soviet work camp in Siberia, as he struggles for survival.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Knopf 1995

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1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC SOL

Solzhenit͡s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich

Summary: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich brilliantly portrays a single day, any day, in the life of a single Russian soldier who was captured by the Germans in 1945 and who managed to escape a few days later. Along with millions of others, this soldier was charged with some sort of political crime, and since it was easier to confess than deny it and die, Ivan Denisovich "confessed" to "high...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 1982

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC SOL

Baxter, Charles

Summary: A collection of vignettes set in a coffee shop explores the subtle movements of love between ordinary people.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2000

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAX

Barnes, Julian

Summary: "A compact masterpiece dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich--Julian Barnes's first novel since his best-selling, Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending. 1936: Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin,hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2016

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC BAR

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAR

Figes, Orlando.

Summary: A landmark account of what private life was like for Russians in the worst years of Soviet repression. We know of the public aspects of Stalin's dictatorship: the arrests and trials, the enslavement and killing in the gulags. No previous book, however, has explored the regime's effect on people's personal lives. Now, drawing on a huge collection of newly discovered documents, this book reveals...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Metropolitan Books 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 947.084 FIG

Kort, Michael.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Checkmark Books 2008

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult, Call number: 947 Kor

Service, Robert

Summary: Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, Robert Service offers new insights. He discusses Trotsky's fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to unify; his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 TROTSKY, LEON SER

Andrews, Jan

Summary: "[This is the story of] Edie Murphy, an indomitable and engaging heroine who leaves Newfoundland on the cusp of womanhood. Against the backdrop of the history-making "Uprising" of 1909 and the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911), Edie begins to find her own voice, hone her already-strong will, and learn about the true nature of home. A celebration of the strength of women and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Running the Goat Books & Broadsides 2019

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1 available in New YA Materials, Call number: YA FIC AND

Zimmerman, William

Summary: "When the Soviet Union collapsed, many hoped that Russia's centuries-long history of autocratic rule might finally end. Yet today's Russia appears to be retreating from democracy, not progressing toward it. Ruling Russia is the only book of its kind to trace the history of modern Russian politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the presidency of Vladimir Putin. It examines the complex...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Princeton Univ Pr 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.947 ZIM

Green, James R.

Summary: From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation’s largest labor union, and the legendary “miners’ angel,” Mother...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Atlantic Monthly Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 975 GRE