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Our Journey: Yotaro Arimuro and a Family's Life in Twentieth Century America
Cokedale, Colorado: A Model Company Town 
Primero, Colorado:  The Life and Death of a Company Town
Lieutenant Patton: With Black Jack Pershing Chasing Pancho Villa in Mexico,


Our Journey: Yotaro Arimuro and a Family's Life in Twentieth Century America

At the turn of the century, a young Japanese man, eager to make a new life for himself, left his homeland and traveled to California. There Yotaro Arimura found work and began his life among the other farmers in the rich agricultural region near Fresno, California. In 1912 Arimura returned to Japan to marry and soon returned to California with Aya Nakamura where they began a family that soon numbered ten children. This documentary tracks the story of the large Arimura family as they carved out their American Dream in the years before World War II. With the coming of the war and the attack on Pearl Harbor, the family fortunes took a different turn. With paranoia running rampant as the nation reacted to the Pearl Harbor disaster, Japanese-American families were rounded up and placed in detention camps. The Arimuras were bussed to Fresno where they spent six months in the detention center and later boarded a train for transport to Arkansas where they lived first in the camp at Jerome and later at Rohr. Their wartime experience was typical of Japanese-American families and after a half century, the surviving nine children tell their story of growing up in California, the drama of living in the camps, and the lasting legacy of the wartime racism on their family. DVD 58 minutes.  
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RELEASE DATE: December 2014                                  TOP


Cokedale, Colorado: A Model Company Town

In 1907 the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) built a company town in Reilly Canyon, about 12 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado. Anxious to mine the coal in the local canyons, ASARCO's new town of Cokedale attracted hundreds of families to move into the southern Colorado area to make a new life for themselves. Many of the new comers arrived from eastern or southern Europe with few possessions but were determined to make themselves a new life. Most immigrants were convinced that hard work and a thrifty outlook would insure that the American Dream was theirs for the taking. This film is the story of people--people who came to Cokedale and lived out their lives in the misery and struggle that proved to be the norm for miners and their families in the early part of the twentieth century West. In 1947 the Cokedale story came to a close as the nation turned to other fuels to supply the growing industrial output of post-war America. Between 1907 and 1947, thousands of men, women, and children battled against the realities of living in a company town. This is their story. DVD 58 minutes.
$29.95 plus shipping. 
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Primero, Colorado:  The Life and Death of a Company Town

Colorado, Fuel, & Iron Company (CF&I) began construction of Primero, Colorado in 1901.  Primero was positioned about 15 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado at the site of the most promising coal deposits in the region. While CF&I built other towns and opened other mines, Primero quickly proved to be the wealth producer company officials hoped for.  During the first twenty years, Primero set new production records as coal miners and their family struggled to survive in the hostile environs of coal country.  In the 1920s coal production fell off markedly and in 1928 the m company closed the town and the mines down for good.  For a quarter century thousands of citizens lived and worked in Primero.  In 1913-14 miners struck against the company and suffered through one of the most severe winters in Colorado history.  In the good years John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built a church, a clinic, schools, band stands, and supported other community activities.  In the end the mines played out and the people moved on.  Today the north wind blows down through the canyons and frequent rain and snow storms have their way on the foundations that remain.  The ruins are silent now.  The people are gone.  An important look at labor history and the human drama that played out in the canyons of southern Colorado in the first quarter century of America's modern era.  Economic and social history.  DVD  58 minutes. 
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Lieutenant Patton: With Black Jack Pershing Chasing Pancho Villa in Mexico,

In 1915 Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr. arrived in El Paso, Texas to begin his service at Ft. Bliss and along the border with Mexico. Soon Patton was riding patrol from outposts near Sierra Blanca, enforcing American boundaries, and protecting Texas farmers and ranchers in the isolated region to the east of El Paso. At Sierra Blanca Patton came face to face with the Old West and gunfighters such as Dave Allison and local desperados who preyed on their victims in the harsh desert country of West Texas.

In the early morning hours on March 9, 1916, Pancho Villa raided Columbus, New Mexico and triggered a retaliatory Punitive Expedition that saw Patton and the American Army cross the border into northern Mexico in pursuit of the raiders. During the next months in Mexico, General John J. Pershing and his aide-de-camp Patton oversaw combat operations that saw the employment of new technology in warfare. Air power, trucks and vehicles of every type and description, new communications and other emerging technologies were tested and found wanting in the harsh desert terrain. Pershing learned much about his new weapons and equipment and discovered much that needed to be changed. Soon he would command the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. By the time the American doughboys landed in France, the Army had transitioned from a frontier army to the new modern force that would score countless victories in two world wars. That transition began on the desert of northern Mexico in 1916.
DVD  58 minutes.
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RELEASE DATE:  October 2014                               TOP

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