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.


Tesla : 1 hr

Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.

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.

The Mine Wars

The Mine Wars : 2 hrs

The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.


Edison : 2 hrs

Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.

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.

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.

Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

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

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp : 1 hr

A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.

Producer Picks


JFK : 4 hrs

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

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

freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer