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Something about the millennium makes documentarians wax nostalgic. ABC is no exception. With the rollover of the year, decade, and century, summations are in order. The Century: America's Time is one such wrap-up, albeit a mighty ambitious one. Peter Jennings narrates this look back at the last 100 years. From a strictly American point of view, the video starts at the turn of the century, with the birth of the common man, and moves all the way to present-day technology, with the computer leading the way. The presentation is divided onto six tapes. Each program tramples through a dense history with Jennings providing the transitions. Beginning with the great melting pot, a timeline of occurrences highlights each video: the invention of the automobile, the suffrage movement, both world wars, and Vietnam. The video covers the "hippie" movement, the Red Scare, and the undeniable AIDS epidemic. At times, the stories are told by American icons, including Oliver Stone and Eudora Welty. Other moments are described by photographs alone. This collection is an exercise in textbook description with little analysis assigned to the events. However, for the history buff, The Century: America's Time is a gold mine. In Century: America's Time, Vol. 5, Nixon and Watergate fill the program. An American betrayal creates a distrustful nation. For the first time, democracy is a dirty word. America is more divided than ever as political causes become caustic. Women's rights, the environmental movement, and the religious right are all factors in an increasingly disparate nation. Episodes included are: Century: America's Time - 1971-1975: Approaching the Apocalypse and Century: America's Time - 1976-1980: Starting Over. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi