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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.
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
"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.
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.
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
- School Library Journal