Films: 1911 - 1920
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.
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 : 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.
Demon Rum : 1 hr
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.
Edison : 2 hrs
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
Edison's Miracle of Light : 1 hr
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
A Family Gathering : 1 hr
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
A nostalgic and humorous look at how old world Chicago lives side by side with the new.
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 War : 6 hrs
A nation comes of age
The Great War - 1918 : 1 hr
With over a million already dead, heroic American soldiers and nurses served in the closing battles of World War I.
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 Hunt for Pancho Villa : 1 hr
After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa.
If You Knew Sousa : 90 mins
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Influenza 1918 : 1 hr
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian : 1 hr
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
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."
Los Mineros : 1 hr
The story of the Mexican American miners whose labor battles shaped the course of Arizona history.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
The Mine Wars : 2 hrs
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
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.
Mr. Sears' Catalogue : 1 hr
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
From Reconstruction to the 1960s, this film offers a portrait of New Orleans that reflects the best and the worst in America.
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.
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 : 90 mins
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
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