Films: Recent Broadcasts

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.


freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.


Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders : 2 hrs

A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.


death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.


Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.


penn station

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station : 1 hr

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.


Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid : 1 hr

A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West


Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid : 1 hr

The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.


The Amish: Shunned

The Amish: Shunned : 2 hrs

Follow seven former Amish who choose their freedom over their family


the amish

The Amish : 2 hrs

Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.


war letters

War Letters : 1 hr

From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.


1964

1964 : 2 hrs

America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.


poisoner's handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook : 2 hrs

The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.


jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


war of the worlds

War of the Worlds : 1 hr

Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.


Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore : 1 hr

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.


henry ford

Henry Ford : 2 hrs

The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.


The Rockefellers

The Rockefellers : 2 hrs

Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.


Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley : 1 hr

As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.


Jesse James

Jesse James : 1 hr

America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.


silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.


The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.


jesse owens

Jesse Owens : 1 hr

His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.


clinton

Clinton : 4 hrs

A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.


The Crash of 1929

The Crash of 1929 : 1 hr

The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.


Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam : 1 hr

During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.


Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.


Into the Deep

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World : 2 hrs

The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.


Tupperware!

Tupperware! : 1 hr

This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.


Geronimo

Geronimo : 1 hr

The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.





Producer Picks

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Relevant Now

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War


The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.