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Awards:

GEORGE F PEABODY AWARD, THREE EMMY NOMINATIONS,, CHRISTOPHER AWARD, 6 CINE GOLD EAGLES, INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO, IINTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION, SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL, GLOBAL VILLAGE, CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL, COLUMBUS FILM FESTIOVAL, VANCOUVER FILM FESTIVAL, MILAN FILM FESTIVAL, VENICE FILM FESTIVAL, U.S. FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL.


Selected Film Reviews:

THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
''The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,'' a remarkable four-part documentary that begins tonight on PBS… Spanning the 91 years from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, it explores the burden of segregation, injustice and violence borne by blacks…. This is no dispassionate history lesson.. These four hours offer a stark reminder of some of the flaws in the American experiment… This is public television doing its duty with distinction. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow'' does not shout, nor does it exult. It pays homage to sacrifice and achievement, and it leaves the door open to hope.
- New York Times

Essential educational viewing is rare on television, so when such fare comes along- every once in a blue moon-a reviewer would fail in his duty if he did not urge people to watch. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is disconcerting,
illuminating and riveting.
- The Wall Street Journal

In the decades he spent on this extraordinary film, Wormser discovered, and now rivetingly shares with his audience-how the civil rights movement was a culmination and not a beginning of something.
- Associated Press

The truly invaluable accomplishments of this series are that it documents for posterity a chapter of American history whose eyewitnesses grow fewer every year and that it stomps every foul breath out of the lie upon which Jim Crow discrimination and brutality were founded.
- Newsday

It is perhaps the best chronicle yet of America’s fitful history of race relations…a bold, forthright view of a cruel slice of American history that continues to haunt us today.
- The Miami Herald

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow….is a stirring historical account of the battles fought by African Americans across the nation for equality and justice…
- Crisis.

FIGHTING MINISTERS
"I watched Fighting Ministers last evening. All these hours I am still haunted by the testimony of those men and women who have paid so fearfully for acting in conscience... As I watched, my childhood images of Jesus meek and mild faded. The ministers I saw in the film follow a Christ...brandishing a sword...It is a fearful thing to contemplate, and I am shaken by what I saw of conviction so powerful, it is socially and spiritually explosive.
- Bill Moyers

The ministers in this instance are truly men and women of conscience at a time when conscience is in rare supply. The Fighting Ministers eloquently and inspiringly tells the story.
- Studs Terkel


Selected Book Reviews:

THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a powerful look at a shameful chapter in American history and heroic efforts to end Jim Crow’s career.
- Booklist.

ALLAN PINKERTON: AMERICA'S FIRST PRIVATE EYE
A lively introduction to Pinkerton's colorful exploits, well related to their historical setting.... Dozens of fascinating anecdotes, neatly demonstrating how criminals were brought to justice in 19th-century America when (especially in the West) the rule of law was not always firmly established, making this entertaining and informative.
- The Kirkus Reviews

HOBOES: WANDERING IN AMERICA 1870-1940
The wanderer who rides the rails and sleeps under the stars is one of the most romantic figures in American culture. Wormser offers an intriguing look at the facts behind the legends.... Of particular interest are discussions of the great art of train riding, the strict class system and variegated subculture of the hobo community. Most provocative is the exploration of the relations between hoboes and civil rights and labor organizers.
- Publishers Weekly

THE IRON HORSE: HOW RAILROADS CHANGED AMERICA
Imagine an account of how fundamentally railroads altered the American way of life, but imagine it written in just about as entertaining a way as possible. That is the feat that Wormser has achieved with the Iron Horse... this is such a read... that it comes highly recommended for any YA collection.
- Booklist

LIFERS: LEARN THE TRUTH AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SORROW
...a tough no nonsense treatment to demonstrate the realities and brutalities of prison life in a maximum security prison. The men speak with authority and from a variety of criminal experiences. They are articulate spokesman, and the best representatives of their cause, personalizing and strengthening their message. Black and white photos...enhance and elucidate the text. Factual information is woven skillfully in this relevant package that should make a lasting impression on young readers.
- School Library Journal