Time Period: 1929-1941
Themes: the Great Depression, the New Deal, railroads, economics, homelessness
At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains. This film tells the story of ten of these teenage hobos; from the reasons they left home to what they experienced, all within the context of depression-era America.
Of all the alphabet agencies of the New Deal, none captured the public's imagination like J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
From Reconstruction to the 1960s, this film offers a portrait of New Orleans that reflects the best and the worst in America.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.