Films: 1901 - 1910

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.


America 1900

Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.


American Experience

Battle for Wilderness : 1 hr

President Theodore Roosevelt was caught in the middle of the first major battle for wilderness preservation in Yosemite National Park.


The Big Burn

The Big Burn : 1 hr

It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.


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


Emma Goldman

The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.


God in America

God in America : 6 hrs

For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.


grand central

Grand Central : 1 hr

A marvel of engineering, architecture, and vision, the story of the Beaux Arts structure on 42nd street that forever changed midtown Manhattan.


The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.


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.


Houdini

The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.


American Experience

Ida B. Wells - A Passion for Justice : 1 hr

An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.


Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."


American Experience

Los Mineros : 1 hr

The story of the Mexican American miners whose labor battles shaped the course of Arizona history.


MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.


Minik, the Lost Eskimo

In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.


 The Mormons

The Mormons : 2 hrs

From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.


Murder of the Century

A sensational story of power, class, and revenge in New York City when Harry Thaw murdered Stanford White over showgirl Evelyn Nesbit.


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New Orleans

From Reconstruction to the 1960s, this film offers a portrait of New Orleans that reflects the best and the worst in America.


New York Underground

Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.


New York: A Documentary Film

The history of New York City and the people and forces that have shaped it over the past 400 years is told in a seven-part 14.5-hour series.


The Orphan Trains

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.


Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

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


Rescue at Sea

When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.


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.


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.


American Experience

Scandalous Mayor : 1 hr

James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.


Theodore Roosevelt

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Author, soldier, scientist, outdoorsman and caring father, he was the youngest man to become president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

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


The Wizard of Photography

George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.


woodrow wilson

Woodrow Wilson

President Woodrow Wilson lead America during World War I, created the Federal Reserve, and helped create the League of Nations. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.





Producer Picks

jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

The latest addition to our Peabody Award-winning Presidents collection, JFK is a four-hour biopic of our 35th president.


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

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JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.


death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

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