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American Experience

Grade Levels: 9 - 12
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Episodes:

  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided, Ep.1

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation?s history. Abraham Lincoln?s legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 00:52:03
  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided, Ep.2 - We Are Elected

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation?s history. Abraham Lincoln?s legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 01:01:30
  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided, Ep.3 - Shattered

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history. Abraham Lincoln's legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 00:01:00
  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, Ep.4 - The Dearest of All Things

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history. Abraham Lincoln's legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 00:52:40
  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln - A House Divided, Ep.5 - This Frightful War

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history. Abraham Lincoln's legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 00:57:10
  • American Experience: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Ep.6 - Blind with Weeping

    This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Together, they ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history. Abraham Lincoln's legacy reshaped the nation while the tragedy of his death left Mary reclusive and forgotten. As the first dual biography, A House Divided does much more than explore the personal story of one of the most intriguing couples to have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it also reflects on how the The Time of the Lincolns' lives paralleled that of a nation at war.

    Length: 00:55:59
  • American Experience. A Brilliant Madness: The Story of John Nash.

    A Brilliant Madness chronicles the life of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash. At the age of 21, he developed the Nash Equilibrium, a challenge to traditional game theory that would prove revolutionary to economics. After receiving his doctorate, Nash began teaching at M.I.T. where he began to exhibit signs of mental imbalance. He claimed that aliens were sending him coded messages. For the next 20 years, Nash suffered from the disease until he slowly began to recover in the 1980s. In 1994, he received the Nobel Prize.

    Length: 00:56:38
  • American Experience. Alexander Hamilton.

    He may have been born, in John Adams' memorable phrase, the mere "bastard brat of a Scottish peddler." But Alexander Hamilton rose to become a Revolutionary War hero, key advocate for the Constitution, and rescuer of the nascent American government from financial ruin, all before dying in a duel just six months shy of his 50th birthday.

    Length: 01:54:20
  • American Experience. Amelia Earhart.

    Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first to cross the North American continent alone. Her exploits as an aviator, along with her beauty, intelligence, and independence, made her a national heroine. Seemingly invincible, Earhart traveled and lectured, a champion of aviation and equal opportunity for women. But the public didn't know the cost of her courage. The record-breaking flights, aerial exhibitions, and endless promotional commitments, together with health problems and financial worries, combined to push Earhart to the point of exhaustion. In 1937, while attempting to circle the earth along the equator, her plane disappeared without a trace, transforming the "First Lady of the Air" into an American legend.

    Length: 00:56:32
  • American Experience: America 1900, Ep.1 - Spirit of the Age

    It was the dawn of "the American century," a time of optimism, progress and tremendous confidence. Yet the 19th century's final year--1900--would prove to be a dramatic turning point. American troops are sent to fight overseas for the first time, a public debate rages over sex and morality, racial tensions threaten to explode, and the dizzying pace of technological change propels everyone into an unknown future. Featuring remarkable archival film and photographs, and a rich musical score, AMERICA 1900 traces the celebrations and climactic moments of this pivotal year in the life of a nation. AMERICA 1900 resonates today. As we face a new century, the struggles and dreams of Americans one hundred years ago turn out to be remarkably close to our own.

    Length: 00:39:07
  • American Experience: America 1900, Ep.2 - Change Is in the Air

    It was the dawn of "the American century," a time of optimism, progress and tremendous confidence. Yet the 19th century's final year--1900--would prove to be a dramatic turning point. American troops are sent to fight overseas for the first time, a public debate rages over sex and morality, racial tensions threaten to explode, and the dizzying pace of technological change propels everyone into an unknown future. Featuring remarkable archival film and photographs, and a rich musical score, AMERICA 1900 traces the celebrations and climactic moments of this pivotal year in the life of a nation. AMERICA 1900 resonates today. As we face a new century, the struggles and dreams of Americans one hundred years ago turn out to be remarkably close to our own.

    Length: 00:35:25
  • American Experience: America 1900, Ep.3 - A Great Civilized Power

    It was the dawn of "the American century," a time of optimism, progress and tremendous confidence. Yet the 19th century's final year--1900--would prove to be a dramatic turning point. American troops are sent to fight overseas for the first time, a public debate rages over sex and morality, racial tensions threaten to explode, and the dizzying pace of technological change propels everyone into an unknown future. Featuring remarkable archival film and photographs, and a rich musical score, AMERICA 1900 traces the celebrations and climactic moments of this pivotal year in the life of a nation. AMERICA 1900 resonates today. As we face a new century, the struggles and dreams of Americans one hundred years ago turn out to be remarkably close to our own.

    Length: 00:49:43
  • American Experience: America 1900, Ep.4 - Anything Seemed Possible

    It was the dawn of "the American century," a time of optimism, progress and tremendous confidence. Yet the 19th century's final year--1900--would prove to be a dramatic turning point. American troops are sent to fight overseas for the first time, a public debate rages over sex and morality, racial tensions threaten to explode, and the dizzying pace of technological change propels everyone into an unknown future. Featuring remarkable archival film and photographs, and a rich musical score, AMERICA 1900 traces the celebrations and climactic moments of this pivotal year in the life of a nation. AMERICA 1900 resonates today. As we face a new century, the struggles and dreams of Americans one hundred years ago turn out to be remarkably close to our own.

    Length: 00:44:04
  • American Experience. A Midwife's Tale.

    Based on her personal diary, this program presents a dramatic exploration of the life of Martha Ballard, a woman who lived through the economic boom and bust and the political and social turmoil of the decades following the American Revolution.

    Length: 01:28:40
  • American Experience. Annie Oakley.

    Annie Oakley provides insights into American history topics including the legends and realities of the American West, westward expansion and the closing of the American frontier, representations of Native Americans, the changing roles of women on the frontier and during the late nineteenth century, women's suffrage in the West and in the Constitution, the history of popular entertainment, and more.

    Length: 00:56:42
  • American Experience. Ansel Adams.

    Few American artists have reached a wider audience, or enjoyed more widespread popularity in their own lifetime, than Ansel Adams. A visionary photographer, a pioneer in photographic technique and a crusader for the environment.

    Length: 01:41:06
  • American Experience: Bataan - Death March and Rescue

    Contrast the rules of war--and the treatment of American POWs--between World War II and today. With chilling testimony from both captive and liberator, Bataan: Death March and Rescue depicts the saga of thousands of Allied soldiers who faced death capture on the Bataan peninsula in 1941. Only 500 prisoners in the Cabanatuan camp lived to be rescued. Their valiant struggle to survive the tortures of a sweltering jungle march, disease, deprivation, and brutality is remembered in this stirring documentary.

    Length: 00:56:41
  • American Experience. Building the Alaska Highway.

    In May of 1942, across the rugged sub-Arctic wilderness of Alaska and Canada, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken-building the Alaska Highway. This program tells how young soldiers battled mud, muskeg, and mosquitoes; endured ice, snow, and bitter cold; and cut pathways through primeval forests to push a 1,520-mile road across one of the world's harshest landscapes.

    Length: 00:55:30
  • American Experience: Chicago - City of the Century, Pt.1 - Mudhole to Metropolis

    Chicago: City of the Century chronicles the innovation, ingenuity, determination, and ruthlessness that transformed a wasteland into the quintessential 19th century metropolis. You'll tour the city from every angle and gain an understanding of what makes this complex city so unique and exciting. Then learn about the political struggles, labor upheavals, and racial conflicts that have shaped today's social structures and cultural mix. This rich saga of Chicago's birth and rise vividly portrays the growth, progress, and character of the Windy City as seen through the eyes of its greatest admirers and critics.

    Length: 01:27:09
  • American Experience: Chicago - City of the Century, Pt.2 - The Revolution has Begun

    Chicago: City of the Century chronicles the innovation, ingenuity, determination, and ruthlessness that transformed a wasteland into the quintessential 19th century metropolis. You'll tour the city from every angle and gain an understanding of what makes this complex city so unique and exciting. Then learn about the political struggles, labor upheavals, and racial conflicts that have shaped today's social structures and cultural mix. This rich saga of Chicago's birth and rise vividly portrays the growth, progress, and character of the Windy City as seen through the eyes of its greatest admirers and critics.

    Length: 01:27:29
  • American Experience: Chicago: City of the Century, Pt.3 - Battle for Chicago

    Chicago: City of the Century chronicles the innovation, ingenuity, determination, and ruthlessness that transformed a wasteland into the quintessential 19th century metropolis. You'll tour the city from every angle and gain an understanding of what makes this complex city so unique and exciting. Then learn about the political struggles, labor upheavals, and racial conflicts that have shaped today's social structures and cultural mix. This rich saga of Chicago's birth and rise vividly portrays the growth, progress, and character of the Windy City as seen through the eyes of its greatest admirers and critics.

    Length: 01:24:25
  • American Experience. Citizen King.

    Citizen King explores the last five years in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians, to illuminate this little-known chapter in the story of America's most important and influential moral leader.

    Length: 01:54:43
  • American Experience. Daughter From Danang.

    In 1975, with the end of the war in Vietnam imminent, Mai Thi Kim, a poor, young Vietnamese woman, sent her seven-year-old daughter to America as part of a controversial evacuation program known as "Operation Babylift." The little girl was adopted by a single woman, renamed Heidi and brought up in Tennessee. Twenty-two years later, Heidi tracked down her birth mother and visited Danang.

    Length: 01:23:46
  • American Experience. Eugene O'Neill.

    Eugene O'Neill provides insights into topics including changes in American culture and society during the first half of the twentieth century, the history of the American theater, Greek tragedy, controversies surrounding artistic expression, alcoholism, and more.

    Length: 01:59:22
  • American Experience. Fatal Flood.

    In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys -- and the Percys against themselves. Liev Schreiber narrates this dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America's worst natural disasters.

    Length: 00:55:28
  • American Experience. Fidel Castro.

    Fidel Castro has survived U.S. hostility, an invasion, several CIA assassination attempts and an economic embargo. His face has become an iconic image worldwide, yet the man himself remains an enigma to all but a few. Through interviews with relatives, childhood friends, fellow rebel leaders, Bay of Pigs veterans, human rights activists and journalists, this program constructs an intimate and revealing portrait of the most resilient of leaders.

    Length: 01:56:21
  • American Experience: Fly Girls

    During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logged 60 million miles in the air. Thirty-eight women died in service. But the opportunity to play a critical role in the war effort was abruptly canceled by politics and resentment, and it would be thirty years before women would again break the sex barrier in the skies.

    Length: 00:56:07
  • American Experience: George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire, Pt.1

    To many, George Wallace was the embodiment of racism in America. To others, he was a champion of Southern pride and a defender of the working class. He rose to power as the nation's best-known segregationist in the early 1960s, but later in his career he was elected governor of Alabama with overwhelming black support. He battled his way into the national spotlight and came close to deadlocking the 1968 presidential election as a third-party candidate -- then was shot down by a would-be assassin on the eve of his greatest political victory.

    Length: 01:26:38
  • American Experience: George Wallace - Settin' the Woods on Fire, Pt.2

    To many, George Wallace was the embodiment of racism in America. To others, he was a champion of Southern pride and a defender of the working class. He rose to power as the nation's best-known segregationist in the early 1960s, but later in his career he was elected governor of Alabama with overwhelming black support. He battled his way into the national spotlight and came close to deadlocking the 1968 presidential election as a third-party candidate -- then was shot down by a would-be assassin on the eve of his greatest political victory.

    Length: 01:26:33
  • American Experience: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

    Direct descendants of the legendary Native American leader Geronimo aid in telling the story of the Apache medicine man, who, along with his followers, resisted white settlement. When the United States government attempted to move the Chiricahua Apache people to San Carlos Reservation from their traditional home, Geronimo led a crusade to keep his ancestral land, defying and eluding the federal authorities. This documentary is the story of a tragic collision of two civilizations, each with startlingly different views of one another, a little-known chapter in American history with a big impact.

    Length: 00:58:18
  • American Experience: Golden Gate Bridge

    This program tells the story of Golden Gate bridge builder, Joseph Strauss, who spent thirteen years wrangling with politicians, arguing over designs and fighting lawsuits from opponents before he was able to break ground. By completion, Strauss, his designers and his construction crews had built what has since been called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World."

    Length: 00:55:29
  • American Experience. Influenza 1918.

    As the nation mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, ailing Private Albert Gitchell reported to an army hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, a disease about which doctors knew little. Before the year was out, America would be ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 675,000 people--more than died in all the wars of this century combined--before disappearing as mysteriously as it began.

    Length: 00:55:04
  • American Experience. Jesse James.

    Jesse James provides insights into American history topics including the Missouri Compromise and pro-slavery factions in the West, the end of the Civil War, Reconstruction-era politics, guerrilla warfare, criminal activities and Westward expansion, the Pinkerton Detective Agency and private policing, American outlaws and the legend of Jesse James vs. the reality of his life, and more.

    Length: 00:55:56
  • American Experience: Jimmy Carter- Pt.1 - Jimmy Who?

    Jimmy Carter ran for president as an outsider. He rode into power on the post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But his inexperience resulted in an ineffectual and fractured administration. Inflation, recession, and a humbling hostage crisis blew his presidency dramatically off course. In the years since, Carter has recast himself as a giant of moral leadership. He has struggled to bring peace to war-torn countries; fought for the eradication of life-threatening diseases; and dedicated himself to housing America's poorest citizens.

    Length: 01:25:07
  • American Experience: Jimmy Carter Pt.2 - Hostage

    Jimmy Carter ran for president as an outsider. He rode into power on the post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But his inexperience resulted in an ineffectual and fractured administration. Inflation, recession, and a humbling hostage crisis blew his presidency dramatically off course. In the years since, Carter has recast himself as a giant of moral leadership. He has struggled to bring peace to war-torn countries; fought for the eradication of life-threatening diseases; and dedicated himself to housing America's poorest citizens.

    Length: 01:19:53
  • American Experience. John Brown's Holy War.

    He led a righteous crusade against the evils of slavery yet used horrifying violence to carry out his mission. Martyr, madman, and murderer, John Brown was an extremist who was as controversial and misunderstood in the mid-1800s as he is today. His execution at Harper's Ferry sparked a chain of events leading to the Civil War.

    Length: 00:01:00
  • American Experience. Journey to America.

    At the beginning of this century, 18 million immigrants left their homelands spurred by the hope of a new and better life free of persecution and poverty. JOURNEY TO AMERICA presents the personal story of the men, women, and children who came to America between 1890 and 1920. Remarkable footage of families making long treks through Europe and scenes of immigrants on crowded transport ships are interlaced with oral interviews .

    Length: 00:57:53
  • American Experience. Kinsey.

    Alfred Kinsey was a little-known biologist when, in the 1940s, he began compiling data from thousands of interviews about the sexual practices of men and women. The results of that research were the explosive "Kinsey Reports." Through interviews with his research assistants, his children, his biographers, and historians, this documentary assesses Kinsey's achievements, while examining how his personal life shaped his career.

    Length: 01:27:19
  • American Experience: LBJ, Ep.1 - Beautiful Texas

    Lyndon Baines Johnson was a poor boy from the Texas hill country who ascended to the pinnacle of world power as the 36th president of the United States when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat as war and civil turmoil ravaged the country. Film clips, photographs, interviews, and personal recollections by friends and colleagues, as well as speeches and commentary by historians, tell the story of LBJ.

    Length: 01:02:22
  • American Experience: LBJ Ep.2 - My Fellow Americans

    Lyndon Baines Johnson was a poor boy from the Texas hill country who ascended to the pinnacle of world power as the 36th president of the United States when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat as war and civil turmoil ravaged the country. Film clips, photographs, interviews, and personal recollections by friends and colleagues, as well as speeches and commentary by historians, tell the story of LBJ.

    Length: 00:54:24
  • American Experience: LBJ Ep.3 - We Shall Overcome

    Lyndon Baines Johnson was a poor boy from the Texas hill country who ascended to the pinnacle of world power as the 36th president of the United States when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat as war and civil turmoil ravaged the country. Film clips, photographs, interviews, and personal recollections by friends and colleagues, as well as speeches and commentary by historians, tell the story of LBJ.

    Length: 01:04:29
  • American Experience: LBJ Ep.4 - The Last Believer

    Lyndon Baines Johnson was a poor boy from the Texas hill country who ascended to the pinnacle of world power as the 36th president of the United States when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat as war and civil turmoil ravaged the country. Film clips, photographs, interviews, and personal recollections by friends and colleagues, as well as speeches and commentary by historians, tell the story of LBJ.

    Length: 00:51:52
  • American Experience: MacArthur Pt.1 - Destiny

    No soldier in modern history has been more admired -- or more reviled. Douglas MacArthur, liberator of the Philippines, shogun of occupied Japan, mastermind of the Inchon invasion, was an admired national hero when he was suddenly relieved of his command. A portrait of a complex, imposing and fascinating American general.

    Length: 01:55:41
  • American Experience: MacArthur. Pt.2 - The Politics of War

    No soldier in modern history has been more admired -- or more reviled. Douglas MacArthur, liberator of the Philippines, shogun of occupied Japan, mastermind of the Inchon invasion, was an admired national hero when he was suddenly relieved of his command. A portrait of a complex, imposing and fascinating American general.

    Length: 01:56:17
  • American Experience: Marcus Garvey - Look For Me in the Whirlwind

    Marcus Garvey is one of the most controversial figures in American history. Both a powerful orator and a pompous autocrat, Garvey inspired the loyalty of millions of African Americans while infuriating many black leaders. This is the story of a Jamaican immigrant who between 1916 and 1921 built the largest black mass movement in world history. It explores Garvey's dramatic successes and failures before his fall into obscurity.

    Length: 01:26:46
  • American Experience: Mary Pickford

    Mary Pickford created a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. She was also a creative producer and shrewd businessperson who played a pivotal role in shaping the first new media of the twentieth century. This powerful and moving production uses footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford and clips from her movies to tell a story that is full of joy and power, of loneliness and despair.

    Length: 01:25:54
  • American Experience: Meltdown at Three Mile Island

    Witness how human error and bad luck converge in our nation's worst nuclear accident. On March 28, 1979, a nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania suddenly overheated. As scientists and officials scrambled to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, thousands of nearby residents fled the area. Learn more about the event that shocked a nation and cast a pall over America's nuclear energy program.

    Length: 00:56:27
  • American Experience. Mount Rushmore.

    High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world's largest sculpture. The story of Mount Rushmore's creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself. It is the tale of a hyperactive, temperamental artist whose talent and determination propelled the project. And it is the story of dozens of ordinary Americans who suddenly found themselves suspended high on a cliff face with drills and hammers creating what some would call a monstrosity and others a masterpiece.

    Length: 00:56:09
  • American Experience: Mr. Sears' Catalog

    They started selling watches. Then Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck started a revolution -- a "wish book" that made life on the farm a little easier and put consumer goods within reach of every American. Issued in the late 1800s and weighing nearly four pounds, the early Sears Roebuck catalogue was the link to civilization and the good life for generations of rural Americans. This remarkable marketing tool changed the Sears company from a tiny concern into the world's largest merchandising corporation. A story of entrepreneurial triumph as well as an affectionate portrait of America from the 1890s through the 1920s, this program explores how the Sears catalogue became a symbol for the natural ambitions and dreams of a sprawling country.

    Length: 00:57:42
  • American Experience: Murder of Emmett Till

    The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.

    Length: 00:00:00
  • American Experience. New Orleans.

    New Orleans: the utterly original American city that lies at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi and at the beating heart of the great American experiment. Walled in on almost all sides by water, pressed together by the demands and dangers of geography, the crowded streets of New Orleans have always been a laboratory where the social forces that characterize American life play out in dramatic and, at times, disastrous fashion.

    Length: 01:51:19
  • American Experience: New York - A Documentary Film, Ep.1 - The Country and the City (1609-1825)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. The first episode of the series chronicles New York's beginnings and identifies the key themes that shaped New York's history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity.

    Length: 01:54:34
  • American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film Ep.2 - Order and Disorder (1825-1865)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. This episode details New York's enormous growth as a booming commercial center and multi-ethnic port, and the mounting tensions that set the stage for the nation's bloodiest riot. The program reveals how the city's artists, innovators and leaders, from poet Walt Whitman to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (the designers of Central Park) grappled with the city's growing conflicts -- which culminated in the catastrophic Civil War Draft Riots of 1863.

    Length: 01:55:51
  • American Experience: New York - A Documentary Film, Ep.3 - Sunshine and Shadow (1865-1898)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. This episode turns to the period when greed and wealth fueled an expanding metropolis, even as politics and poverty defined it. Now the spotlight shines on the growth, glamour and grief of New York during America's giddy postwar "Gilded Age." The program examines the era when the expansion of wealth and poverty -- and the schism between them -- built to a crescendo, ending as the city itself dramatically expands its boundaries, annexing Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island into a single massive metropolis -- Greater New York.

    Length: 01:53:09
  • American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film, Ep.4 - The Power and the People (1898-1914)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. This episode follows the city into a new century, in the wake of an extraordinary wave of immigration and the birth of the skyscraper. As New York grew, the extraordinary interplay of capitalism, democracy and transformation surged to a climax.

    Length: 00:01:00
  • American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film, Ep.5 - Cosmopolis (1914-1931)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. During the fifth episode of the series, the post-war economic boom, the rise of consumer culture, and the birth of new mass-media industries fuel the convergence of an incredible array of human and cultural energies, ending with the Crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building.

    Length: 01:56:20
  • American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film, Ep.6 - The City of Tomorrow (1931-1940)

    NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. During the sixth episode, the dramatic events that followed the Crash of '29 fuel the greatest economic depression in American history and plunge the city and the nation into economic gloom. In little more than ten years, immense new forces were unleashed in New York, from the Depression itself to the New Deal, which permanently altered the city and the country.

    Length: 01:56:35
  • American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film, Ep.8 - The Center of the World Pt.1

    The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath. (NOTE: This 3 hour episode is being presented in two parts.)

    Length: 01:39:20
  • American Experience: New York - A Documentary Film, Ep.8 - The Center of the World Pt.2

    The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath. (NOTE: This 3 hour episode is being presented in two parts.)

    Length: 01:21:52
  • American Experience: One Woman, One Vote.

    How could America call itself the world's greatest democracy, but continue to deny the right to vote to more than half of its citizens? ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE documents the struggle for fair representation for all Americans, which culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Witness the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage. Discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women's vote would ignite a social revolution.

    Length: 01:49:46
  • American Experience: Orphan Trains

    Few Americans are aware that modern foster care had its roots in a little-known 19th-century rescue program. In 1853, 10,000 homeless children prowled the streets of New York City. Shocked by their plight, a young minister, Charles Loring Brace, founded the Children's Aid Society and sent many of these desperate children west to begin new lives with farm families. Over the next 75 years, until 1929, Brace's Society and other East Coast charities sent more than 150,000 orphaned and neglected children by train to 47 states.

    Length: 00:56:01
  • American Experience: Partners of the Heart

    Witness the achievements of two men who came together in an unlikely time and place to leave the world a life-saving legacy. In 1930s Nashville, white surgeon Dr. Alfred Blalock and black carpenter's apprentice Vivien Thomas forged a partnership that changed the course of medical history. Discover how their pioneering shock research saved thousands of children's lives and crafted the beginnings of modern heart surgery.

    Length: 00:58:26
  • American Experience. Public Enemy #1.

    For about a year from 1933 to 1934, America was thrilled and terrorized by a man called John Dillinger. A desperado, a bank robber, a bad man no jail could hold, his reputation grew until he was named the country's first Public Enemy #1 and hunted by virtually every cop in America. Dillinger finally met his match in J. Edgar Hoover, who used the outlaw's celebrity to burnish his own reputation and that of his national law enforcement agency, the FBI.

    Length: 00:57:01
  • American Experience. Race to the Moon.

    On Christmas Eve 1968, one of the largest audiences in television history tuned in to an extraordinary sight: a live telecast of the moon's surface as seen from Apollo 8, the first manned space flight to leave Earth's gravitational pull and orbit the moon. The historic journey captivated people around the world; many welcomed a technological triumph in space after a year marked by assassinations, riots and war.

    Length: 00:57:29
  • American Experience: Reconstruction, The Second Civil War Pt.1 - Revolution

    Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this mini-series tells the story of the tumultuous years after the Civil War during which America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and at the same time how the former slaves could be brought into the life of the country. This series interweaves the stories of key political players in Washington with the stories of ordinary people whose lives were caught up in the turbulent struggles of the era.

    Length: 01:27:43
  • American Experience: Reconstruction - The Second Civil War Pt.2 - Retreat

    Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this mini-series tells the story of the tumultuous years after the Civil War during which America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and at the same time how the former slaves could be brought into the life of the country. This series interweaves the stories of key political players in Washington with the stories of ordinary people whose lives were caught up in the turbulent struggles of the era.

    Length: 01:27:50
  • American Experience. Remember the Alamo.

    In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration, were prepared to fight hard to keep the province under their control. With war on the horizon, the Tejanos had to pick a side.

    Length: 00:54:32
  • American Experience. Return with Honor.

    This documentary by Academy award-winning filmmakers Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision) and Terry Sanders (A Time Out of War) explores the 462 American prisoners of war who were held in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War. Told entirely through interviews with survivors and previously unseen Vietnamese footage that documents their lives during the imprisonment, the filmmakers focus on the strength of overcoming adversity rather than the horrors of the war and the prisons. The film also concerns itself with the return of the 462 pilots held for over eight-and-one-half years, and how Americans celebrated their homecoming.

    Length: 01:53:13
  • American Experience: RFK Pt.1 - The Garish Sun

    Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists, the film chronicles the pivotal role RFK played in many of the major events of the 1960s -- the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam. This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, the boy Joe Sr. called the "runt."

    Length: 00:52:24
  • American Experience: RFK Pt.2 - The Awful Grace of God

    Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists, the film chronicles the pivotal role RFK played in many of the major events of the 1960s -- the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam. This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, the boy Joe Sr. called the "runt."

    Length: 01:02:11
  • American Experience. Roots of Resistance: The Story of the Underground Railroad.

    In the mid-1800s, black men and women traveled a network of escape routes known as the Underground Railroad. Their flight from the shackles of slavery in the South was organized by other escaped slaves and their allies, including famous ex-slaves Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. This program recounts the little-known story of black America's secret railroad to freedom through narratives of escaped slaves.

    Length: 00:57:46
  • American Experience. Scottsboro, An American Tragedy.

    In March 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama, to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the 20th century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the civil rights movement.

    Length: 01:27:10
  • American Experience. Seabiscuit.

    Despite his boxy build, stumpy legs, scraggly tail and ungainly gait, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. His fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory turned Seabiscuit into a national hero.

    Length: 00:55:54
  • American Experience. Spy in the Sky.

    In the spring of 1960, a CIA spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Overnight, the U-2 plane became the most famous aircraft in the world. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, miraculously survived the crash. From the beginning, the U-2 project was controversial, but even after the political fallout of the failed Powers mission, the U-2 spy plane continued to play a key role in the perilous years of the Cold War.

    Length: 00:55:47
  • American Experience. Stephen Foster.

    Stephen Foster was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes. All in all, he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races." Though he virtually invented popular music as it is recognized today, Foster's personal life was tragic and riddled with contradiction. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and he died at age 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York. Joe Morton narrates.

    Length: 00:56:39
  • American Experience. The Alaska Pipeline.

    The Alaska Pipeline offers insights into topics in American history including large-scale engineering projects, natural resource management, the American wilderness, life in Alaska, Native American land claims, energy sources and policy, infrastructure planning and development, and more.

    Length: 00:55:21
  • American Experience: The Donner Party

    In the winter of 1846, the pioneer Donner Party travelers made the fateful decision to take an untried shortcut through the high Sierra Nevadas to beat the coming winter, only half of them would come out alive. Through family journals, newspaper accounts, and interviews with historians and descendants of the party, the program re-creates the Donner Party's now legendary journey.

    Length: 01:27:19
  • American Experience. The Duel.

    Alexander Hamilton was an impoverished immigrant from the West Indies. Aaron Burr was born into wealth and privilege in New England. Both rose to fame: one became a framer of the U.S. Constitution, the other a Revolutionary War veteran and financier who nearly came to be the nation's third president. In 1804 they faced each other in a duel that changed the course of history.

    Length: 00:56:30
  • American Experience. The Fight.

    June 22, 1938 saw the rematch between the African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmeling. It was an historic event freighted with symbolic significance, both a harbinger of the civil rights movement and a prelude to World War II. This program captures the swirl of events leading up to it, the impact Louis's victory had on black America and its significance for Jews on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Length: 01:32:21
  • American Experience. The Great Transatlantic Cable.

    This program tells the story behind the laying of the transatlantic cable. The physical challenges to laying the cable were enormous. The project would require the production of a 2,000 mile long cable that would have to be laid three miles beneath the Atlantic. Cyrus Field, an energetic young New Yorker wasn't deterred, and since its completion in 1866, nothing has broken his communications link with Europe-not storms, earthquakes or war.

    Length: 00:55:57
  • American Experience. The Iron Road.

    The Iron Road tells the dramatic history of the first transcontinental railroad -- a feat of engineering and backbreaking labor that opened up the riches of the West and turned America's dream of manifest destiny into a reality. This hour-long treatment focuses on the politics, the personalities, and the money that drove this project to completion, along with the brutal working conditions for the 20,000 (mostly immigrant) laborers.

    Length: 00:57:15
  • American Experience. The Kennedys Part 01-The Father.

    The legendary Kennedys seemed to have it all-money, power, charm, ambition. From Joe Kennedy's rise on Wall Street to the collapse of his last son's presidential hopes in 1980, the compelling tale of the Kennedy dynasty still fascinates Americans. American Experience presents the first comprehensive look at one man's elusive dream for his family and his nation, beginning in triumph and ending in tragedy. The first part of The Kennedys tells the remarkable story of patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy and his creation of a dynasty that would enable him to realize, through his sons, his own failed ambitions to become America's first Roman Catholic President.

    Length: 01:52:12
  • American Experience. The Kennedys Part 02-The Sons.

    The legendary Kennedys seemed to have it all-money, power, charm, ambition. From Joe Kennedy's rise on Wall Street to the collapse of his last son's presidential hopes in 1980, the compelling tale of the Kennedy dynasty still fascinates Americans. American Experience presents the first comprehensive look at one man's elusive dream for his family and his nation, beginning in triumph and ending in tragedy. The conclusion of The Kennedys follows the Kennedy story from the glamorous imagery of Jack and Jackie Kennedy's White House, to the dark days of Edward Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick.

    Length: 01:52:25
  • American Experience. The Man Behind Hitler.

    Excerpts from the diaries of Joseph Goebbels provide insights into the Nazi Third Reich, World War II in Europe, the Holocaust, fascism, U.S. involvement in foreign wars, political propaganda, censorship, and more.

    Length: 01:23:12
  • American Experience. The Massie Affair.

    In the early years of the 20th century, at a time when the U.S. Navy dominated Hawaii, Americans thought of the islands as a Pacific Paradise. But in 1931, an explosive incident shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed growing racial tensions. The alleged rape of a white woman by a group of Hawaiians led to violence and murder. The Massie Affair inflicted a wound on the psyche of the Hawaiian people that has yet to heal.

    Length: 00:56:24
  • American Experience. The Monkey Trial.

    In 1925, a Tennessee biology teacher named John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of state law. His trial became an epic event of the 20th century, a debate over free speech that spiraled into an all-out duel between science and religion. "Monkey Trial" explores the dramatic moment when a new fault line opened in society as scientific discoveries began to challenge the literal truth of the Bible. Often humorous and at times frightening, the story of two value systems colliding resonates today.

    Length: 01:21:15
  • American Experience. The Pill.

    In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history. For women across the country, the contraceptive pill was liberating: it allowed them to pursue careers, fueled the feminist and pro-choice movements and encouraged more open attitudes towards sex. The Pill presents a compelling account of a society in transition.

    Length: 00:56:12
  • American Experience. The Richest Man in the World, Andrew Carnegie.

    The Richest Man In the World is a thoughtful portrait of one of history's most complicated men. Andrew Carnegie was a study in contrasts, a walking contradiction. He was a great philanthropist who endowed nearly 3,000 libraries, but he was also a ruthless businessman who dealt savagely with employee and competitor alike. The major events of Carnegie's life are given close attention, from the Homestead Strike to his eventual sell-out to J.P. Morgan. A man such as Carnegie is inseparable from his age, and this volume of the American Experience puts the events of Carnegie's life in proper context.

    Length: 01:56:06
  • American Experience: The Rockefellers Pt.1

    Few families in America have been as powerful, admired or hated as the Rockefellers -- and no family has been as rich. By the end of his life, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. had given away half his fortune - but even his vast philanthropy could not erase the memory of his predatory business practices. In the quest for redemption and respectability, John D. Rockefeller, Junior would give away hundreds of millions of dollars. Their contributions transformed America, exerting an unparalleled influence over nearly every aspect of American life, from business and government to art and education.

    Length: 01:24:31
  • American Experience: The Rockefellers Pt.2

    Few families in America have been as powerful, admired or hated as the Rockefellers -- and no family has been as rich. By the end of his life, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. had given away half his fortune - but even his vast philanthropy could not erase the memory of his predatory business practices. In the quest for redemption and respectability, John D. Rockefeller, Junior would give away hundreds of millions of dollars. Their contributions transformed America, exerting an unparalleled influence over nearly every aspect of American life, from business and government to art and education.

    Length: 01:49:43
  • American Experience. The Way West. Episode01, Westward, the Course of Empire Takes its Way.

    Between 1845 and 1893, the American West was lost and won - wound with ribbons of iron and wire and brought within the dominion of the United States - while, along the way, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans were violently disrupted and all but destroyed. This mesmerizing six-hour documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns (The Civil War, Coney Island, New York), chronicles the final astonishing decades of the American frontier from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.

    Length: 01:23:42
  • American Experience. The Way West. Episode02, The Approach of Civilization.

    Between 1845 and 1893, the American West was lost and won - wound with ribbons of iron and wire and brought within the dominion of the United States - while, along the way, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans were violently disrupted and all but destroyed. This mesmerizing six-hour documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns (The Civil War, Coney Island, New York), chronicles the final astonishing decades of the American frontier from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.

    Length: 01:23:46
  • American Experience. The Way West. Episode03, The War for the Black Hills.

    Between 1845 and 1893, the American West was lost and won - wound with ribbons of iron and wire and brought within the dominion of the United States - while, along the way, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans were violently disrupted and all but destroyed. This mesmerizing six-hour documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns (The Civil War, Coney Island, New York), chronicles the final astonishing decades of the American frontier from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.

    Length: 01:25:25
  • American Experience. The Way West. Episode04, Ghost Dance.

    Between 1845 and 1893, the American West was lost and won - wound with ribbons of iron and wire and brought within the dominion of the United States - while, along the way, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans were violently disrupted and all but destroyed. This mesmerizing six-hour documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns (The Civil War, Coney Island, New York), chronicles the final astonishing decades of the American frontier from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian wars at Wounded Knee.

    Length: 01:27:30
  • American Experience: The Wright Stuff

    In 1903, the Orville and Wilbur Wright solved one of the most baffling mysteries of science, manned flight. This is a quintessential American story about two ordinary men who, working alone, reshaped the 20th century.

    Length: 00:56:06
  • American Experience. Transcontinental Railroad.

    Go behind-the-scenes of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the building of a transcontinental railroad across the United States. Completed in only six years by unscrupulous entrepreneurs, brilliant engineers, and legions of dedicated workers, the Transcontinental Railroad left in its wake a horde of displaced, broken Native Americans.

    Length: 01:47:38
  • American Experience TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt Pt.1

    TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, looks deep into the life of the man who embodied the confidence and exuberance of America at the turn of the century, revealing both the heroic and the tragic sides of Roosevelt's character: the boundless energy that drove him, the bleak emotions he worked so hard to suppress, and the inevitable clash between the two.

    Length: 01:53:25
  • American Experience: TR - The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, Pt.2

    TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, looks deep into the life of the man who embodied the confidence and exuberance of America at the turn of the century, revealing both the heroic and the tragic sides of Roosevelt's character: the boundless energy that drove him, the bleak emotions he worked so hard to suppress, and the inevitable clash between the two.

    Length: 01:51:47
  • American Experience: Ulysses S. Grant. Ep.1 - The Warrior

    This multi-hour biography of Ulysses S. Grant paints a nuanced portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington. Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with the issues of the era: reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy. After two terms rocked by bitter racial conflict and corruption scandals, Grant spent his final days in a race against time as he battled cancer while finishing his epic war memoirs.

    Length: 01:49:12
  • American Experience: Ulysses S. Grant. Ep.2 - The President

    This multi-hour biography of Ulysses S. Grant paints a nuanced portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington. Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with the issues of the era: reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy. After two terms rocked by bitter racial conflict and corruption scandals, Grant spent his final days in a race against time as he battled cancer while finishing his epic war memoirs.

    Length: 01:52:30
  • American Experience: Victory in the Pacific, Pt.1 - Death Before Surrender

    Take no prisoners. Fight to the bitter end. Those were everyday words to combat troops on both sides at the end of World War II in the Pacific. And they led to an unprecedented orgy of slaughter. From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.

    Length: 00:56:02
  • American Experience: Victory in the Pacific, Pt.2 - Invading Japan

    Take no prisoners. Fight to the bitter end. Those were everyday words to combat troops on both sides at the end of World War II in the Pacific. And they led to an unprecedented orgy of slaughter. From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.

    Length: 00:56:56
  • American Experience: War Letters

    Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II to the Gulf War, "War Letters" brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the sender was killed and heartbreaking "Dear John" letters from home.

    Length: 00:56:36
  • American Experience. We Shall Remain Episode 01: After the Mayflower

    In 1621, the Wampanoag of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation. Massasoit faced problems of his own. His people had lately been decimated by unexplained sickness, leaving them vulnerable to the rival Narragansett to the west. The Wampanoag sachem calculated that a tactical alliance with the foreigners would provide a way to protect his people and hold his Native enemies at bay. He agreed to give the English the help they needed.

    Length: 01:17:14
  • American Experience. We Shall Remain Episode 03: Trail of Tears

    The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, “The Trail Where They Cried.” On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way. For years the Cherokee had resisted removal from their land in every way they knew. Convinced that white America rejected Native Americans because they were “savages,” Cherokee leaders established a republic with a European-style legislature and legal system. Many Cherokee became Christian and adopted westernized education for their children. Their visionary principal chief, John Ross, would even take the Cherokee case to the Supreme Court, where he won a crucial recognition of tribal sovereignty that still resonates.

    Length: 01:25:16
  • American Experience. We Shall Remain Episode 4: Geronimo

    In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache medicine man Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, “I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.” It was an admission of regret from a man whose insistent pursuit of military resistance in the face of overwhelming odds confounded not only his Mexican and American enemies, but many of his fellow Apaches as well.

    Length: 01:33:43
  • American Experience: Woodrow Wilson, Ep.1 - A Passionate Man

    This miniseries explores the transformation of Woodrow Wilson from a history professor to one of America's greatest presidents. An intellectual with unwavering moral principles, he led America onto the world stage at a time when war and chaos threatened everything he cherished. The only president incapacitated in office, Wilson carried out his duties from bed with the help of his wife who became the de facto chief executive.

    Length: 01:23:56
  • American Experience: Woodrow Wilson - Ep.2 - The Redemption of the World

    This miniseries explores the transformation of Woodrow Wilson from a history professor to one of America's greatest presidents. An intellectual with unwavering moral principles, he led America onto the world stage at a time when war and chaos threatened everything he cherished. The only president incapacitated in office, Wilson carried out his duties from bed with the help of his wife who became the de facto chief executive.

    Length: 01:26:01
  • American Experience: Zoot Suit Riots

    Named for the clothes they wore, 17 young Mexicans were tried for murder in Los Angeles in 1942. Their convictions on scanty evidence made them Latino martyrs, provoking riots between servicemen and local residents. Did official prejudice and spectacular media coverage inflame a bad situation and thwart justice, as a citizen's committee later claimed? You be the judge.

    Length: 00:55:11

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