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For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (University Edition)

DVD (Chaptered) Price: $299.00



If prevalent and accepted accounts of American history—both scholarly and those portrayed by Hollywood—are to be believed, the face of the U.S. armed services has always been white. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots finally, and for the first time, sets the record straight. Introduced by Colin Powell, it’s hosted by Halle Berry and features a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby, John Travolta, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Sam Elliot, Delroy Lindo, Walter Cronkite, Angela Bassett, John Amos, Kris Kristofferson, Ice-T, Donald Sutherland, Blair Underwood, Cliff Robertson, Courtney B. Vance, Alan Rickman, Jesse L. Martin, Alfre Woodard, Robert Townsend, Mel Gibson, Charles Dutton, Michael Clark Duncan, Chris Cooper, Louis Gossett Jr., and many, many others. This all-star cast reads from a collection of letters, diaries, speeches, and military records that document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American men and women in the Revolutionary War, in the War of 1812, in the Civil War, on America’s western frontier, in World Wars I and II, in the Korean War, in the Vietnam War, and in conflicts in the Middle East. This acclaimed series has generated intense support from scholars, students, and parents and has been endorsed by all of the major African-American veterans groups and civil rights organizations as well as by prominent senators and congressional representatives. Bonus material and a facilitator’s guide also included. (172 minutes + bonus material)

Length: 172 minutes

Item#: BVL54912

ISBN: 978-0-9830724-1-6

Copyright date: ©2010

Reviews & Awards

“A truly important work. More than a documentary, it is a long-overdue document celebrating, commemorating, and at long last acknowledging the heroic efforts of our country’s African-American soldiers....Thank you for making such an extraordinary film.” —George Lucas

“Sheds new light on this important aspect of our common history. [The] use of letters, diaries, speeches, and other firsthand accounts—read masterfully by many talented actors—brings this heroic journey to life.” —Ken Burns

“While previous films such as Edward Zwick’sGlory have paid tribute to the contributions of African-American soldiers, For Love of Liberty covers considerably greater historical ground—from the Revolutionary War through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan...Highly recommended.” —Video Librarian

“The personal accounts of devotion and steadfast service highlighted in this documentary are the histories of real heroes who helped guarantee the freedom we are all so fortunate to enjoy.” —Senator John McCain

“I am pleased that For Love of Liberty will shine a new light on this important part of our nation’s story.” —Senator Carl Levin

“This film is so important, not only for African-Americans, but for our entire nation. [The] eloquent combination of first-hand accounts and emotional testimonies is quite remarkable.” —Congressman Charles Rangel

“Uses a fascinating documentary style that brings the experiences of these...American heroes into vivid focus....It is important that this documentary be seen by the American public.” —Vicangelo Bulluck,Executive Director, NAACP Hollywood Bureau

“I’m confident that this documentary will receive wide and far-reaching accolades from all who view it...” —Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.

“As a member of the first and only “colored” parachute unit, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, I can easily understand and empathize the images and message of this documentary....Frank Martin deserves accolades for his treatment of the historical material.” —Joseph L. Murchison, National President, Triple Nickles 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc.

“The part that illustrates the role of the 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I is truly gratifying and will be very useful to schools...” —Nathaniel James, President, 369th Veterans’ Association, Inc.

“A fine work of art!” —Derrick G. Davis, President, 9th and 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers

“A treasure trove of little-known history...” —

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