Violence: An American Tradition

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History Documentary narrated by Julian Bond and published by HBO in 1995 - English narration

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Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse.

From the punishment of defenseless Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, to the domestic and racially motivated assaults that run rampant today, American history is shown to be permeated by cycles of violence fueled by guns, whiskey, prejudice and greed.

Using archival photos and footage, as well as the words of both historical figures and current experts in sociology, psychology and history, this program explores the recurring patterns of violence that have emerged in American society as a result of insurrection, exploitation, anger and ignorance, concluding that if Americans do not overcome their social amnesia and learn from their violent heritage, they may be doomed to repeat it.

Produced in 1995 for the American cable television network Home Box Office (HBO) by Peter W. Kunhardt and Philip B. Kunhardt, with narrration by Julian Bond and commentary by Cornell West.

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  • Source: TV Rip via VHS
  • Duration: 54mn
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps
  • Dimensions: 640x480 (4/3)
  • Codec: XviD @ 1729 Kbps (BVOP)
  • Audio: MP3 @ 77 Kbps (VBR)

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