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This is a fun short and informative documentary on the history of Texas by the History Channel. The documentary talks about the following: Spanish missionaries were the first European settlers in Texas, founding San Antonio in 1718. Hostile natives and isolation from other Spanish colonies kept Texas sparsely populated until following the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence, when the newly...
This featured collections page of the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore President John F. Kennedy's visit to Houston on November 21, 1963.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral history clips, timelines, and other materials that explore the history of baseball in Houston.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore the rich history of Hispanic Americans in Houston.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights film clips and other resources that explore the history of NASA's presence in Houston. The KHOU-TV films clips feature President John F. Kennedy and astronauts Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, film clips, oral histories, and other materials that explore the development and historial signicance of the Houston Ship Channel.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights documents and oral histories that explore the life of Gustavo "Gus" Garcia, a civil rights lawyer in Houston who represented Hispanic Americans in several landmark cases.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, film clips, and other materials that explore the impact of weather events such as hurricanes and floods in Houston.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, postcards, and other materials that explore the history of public park spaces in Houston.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore the life of Houston's first librarian, Julia Ideson.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials relating to African American History month in Houston.
The Houston Public Library offers many online resources that include databases, e-books, and other educational websites that are useful to students and teachers. This guide provides links to some of the best resources across all subject areas. The guide is a downloadable and printable PDF.
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya hosts this History Channel two-hour (90 minute program time) special exploring the war that few American history books describe in depth, as it represents the only time in history when the United States could be considered a nation of conquest. As the result of the war, President James Polk was able to expand American borders to the Pacific Ocean, taking over nearly half of Mexico's...
FBI Strikes Waco, Texas Cult Compound (0:39) TV-PG On April 19, 2003, after a 51-day standoff with Branch Davidian cult members and their leader David Koresh, the FBI opened a tear-gas assault on the cult's compound in Waco, Texas. A news report that evening describes the scene as the cult sets fire to its buildings, and FBI spokesman Bob Ricks reacts.
Texas Joins the Union (2:52) TV-G Texans are known for their independent spirit, but joining the Union might have saved the state from disaster.
Inaugural Address: George H.W. Bush (2:12) TV-PG Excerpts from George Herbert Walker Bush's inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1989.
How Texas Got Its Shape (2:41) TV-G Texas may have a “go-it-alone” reputation, but the state needed the United States much more than the nation needed the state. The Republic of Texas had to give up territory that stretched as far as modern-day Wyoming in exchange for statehood. Appx. 3 min long.
The Alamo (2:37) TV-PG Find out why the battle of the Alamo still captures the imaginations of Americans after more than two centuries. Video is appx. 3 min long.
Dust Storms Strike America (2:48) TV-PG Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City. Video is a bit under 3 min long.
Black Gold (2:41) TV-PG Spindletop, an east Texas oil Field, produced 80,000 barrels a day and changed the country and oil production forever. Video is a bit under 3 min long.
Deconstructing History: Alamo (2:47) TV-14 It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo. This video is a little under 3 min long.
In the segment "Jordan," date: 09/23/72: Texas State Senator Barbara Jordan gives a speech. This film reel contains short segments on news events in the Channel 11 viewing area, mostly within the city of Houston. The segments were filmed prior to the news show, and the anchorperson would have provided a voice-over describing the action and highlights of the news story. Each reel contains a series of film clips...
Mexican Heart Patient Operation by DeBakey & Baylor: Press conference following a successful procedure using the DeBakey pump on a heart patient, Mrs. Esperanza del Valle Vasquez, from Mexico City. The DeBakey pump, built by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Rice University, and the Methodist Hospital in Houston, was used to take over part of the heart's workload following surgery while the patient was fitted for two...
KHOU-TV Film Box 6902, Reel 2 : footage from February to April, 1969: Cooley on Heart - Cost, Date: "04/06/69": Dr. Cooley discusses the cost of creating an artificial heart following the first implant of such a device. This film reel contains short segments on news events in the Channel 11 viewing area, mostly within the city of Houston. The segments were filmed prior to the news show, and the anchorperson would...
Under the stewardship of Johnson, southern whites held constitutional conventions throughout 1865, drafting new constitutions that outlawed slavery but changed little else. When the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress reassembled late in 1865, they put a stop to the leniency and inaugurated Radical (or Congressional) Reconstruction, a process that resulted in the immediate passage of the Civil Rights bill and the...
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