What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
In 1960, the U.S. Forest Service started keeping detailed records of damage caused by wildfires. During the first 40 years of record keeping, between 1960 and 1999, wildfires destroyed nearly 141 million acres of land in the United States. Between 2000 and 2013, nearly 161 million acres were consumed by wildfires -- more in 13 years than in the previous 40 years, combined. Changes in Forest Service policy and an increase in the number of American homes built in or near wild lands offer insight into this upward trend in wildfire occurrence and damage.
My American Experience
Whether in politics or popular culture, civil liberty or civil rights, 1964 saw a lot of change. Trends were shifting and American ideals were shifting in a way we had never seen before. What event or set of events do you think had the biggest impact on the year, on American society, or on America as we know it today?
Do you have a story from the 1964 Freedom Summer? Share your story with American Experience.
Mark Samels, Executive Producer of American Experience, has wanted to make a biographical documentary of Walt Disney for many years. As Samels says, the iconic animator's pervasive influence on American culture made him "a perfect subject for American Experience."