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This Winter on American Experience


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January 8, 9-10pm: The Abolitionists, Part 1
January 15, 9-10pm: The Abolitionists, Part 2
January 22, 9-10pm: The Abolitionists, Part 3
To form a more perfect union, they tore the nation apart. The story of Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké, and how they turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. 

January 29, 9-11pm: Henry Ford
The biography of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, this biography of Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom and possibility. 

Henry Ford is part of The Titans collection, which includes biographies of Andrew Carnegie and the Rockefeller family.

February 5, 9-11pm: Andrew Carnegie (Andrew Carnegie: The Richest Man in the World) (repeat)
Andrew Carnegie's life seemed touched by magic. He embodied the American dream: the immigrant who went from rags to riches, the self-made man who became a captain of industry, the king of steel.  

February 12, 8-10pm: John D. Rockefeller (The Rockefellers) (repeat)
For decades, the Rockefeller name was despised in America -- associated with John D. Rockefeller Sr.'s feared monopoly, Standard Oil. By the end of his life, Rockefeller had given away half his fortune -- but even his vast philanthropy could not erase the memory of his predatory business practices. 

February 19, 8-9:30pm: Silicon Valley
Before Apple and Google, before stock-option millionaires, and before billionaire venture capitalists, a group of eight brilliant young scientists came together to form a company whose radical innovations helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman, who would co-invent the microchip -- the electronic heart of every modern computer, automobile, cell phone, advanced weapon, and video game.


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