Chicago Political Encyclopedia of Film

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Protests and Community Organization

Conventions: The Land Around Us

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This video discusses the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago where alternative political lifestyles and cultures infamously collided.

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In Order to Change

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This video chronicles the “Citizens Against Pollution” movement started by Chicago residents in 1970 to take on Commonwealth Edison with the goal of limiting pollution.

Introduction & Study Guide

Elections

By the People

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Provides a glimpse into a “new politics” campaign as an independent politician takes on the Chicago machine to attend state constitutional convention.

Introduction & Study Guide

1996 Elections: The Bridge to the 21st Century

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Watch as two contrasting visions for America, one emphasizing the past, another the future, play out in the 1996 presidential election.

Introduction & Study Guide

Government

Out of the Home and into the House

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This film examines the 1973 campaign to pass the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.

Introduction & Study Guide

Neighborhood Government in Chicago’s 44th Ward

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This video provides an overview of the democratic approach which flourished in Chicago’s 44th ward with the help of Alderman Dick Simpson.

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Chicago City Council: Ready for Reform?

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This video chronicles the period after the death of Mayor Harold Washington in which hopes ran high for the new Daley Administration to continue reform in Chicago government.

Introduction & Study Guide

For the People: Local Government Budget Making

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This video chronicles the 1992 budget battles of Chicago, Cook County, and the Chicago Transit Authority.

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Pioneers in the Struggle

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This film is about the struggle for civil rights in Illinois and the role that African American legislators took in creating social and political change in the state

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Miscellaneous

Teaching Politics: An Activist’s Approach to Preparing Future Leaders

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This film provides a brief look at the professional life of Professor Dick Simpson who emphasizes the importance of teaching politics through actual participatory experience in politics.

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Too Flawed to Fix: The Illinois Death Penalty Experience

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This film offers a critical view of the capital punishment process in Illinois.

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Vita Marzullo: Favors

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Excerpts from a film, produced and directed by Tom Weinberg, about former 25th ward alderman Vito Marzullo, Chicago’s last old-time machine politician.