Films: 1921 - 1930

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.


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.


 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.


New Orleans

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


poisoner's handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook : 2 hrs

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


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.


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.


Great Famine

The Great Famine : 1 hr

The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart : 1 hr

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.


Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.




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.