They were the first to brave the unknown.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Before the Civil War, there was no real ambulance corps. On the battlefield, most soldiers died alone, anonymous, and without comfort. There were no dog tags, so the majority of soldiers' families remained entirely unaware of their loved ones' fate. Find out what else we have today that did not exist before the Civil War.
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What are your Cold War memories? Do you remember the Space Race? Share your story with American Experience.
Today, American Experience announced its new season lineup for Winter-Spring 2017. The season premieres on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, with the critically acclaimed film Command and Control, a chilling, minute-by-minute account of the long-hidden story behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents — the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex. Other January premieres include a new portrait of Rachel Carson (January 24), which illuminates the life of the scientist whose writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world, and The Race Underground (January 31), the story of America’s first subway.