Films: 1931 - 1940

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.


MacArthur

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


The Man Behind Hitler

Joseph Goebbels, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's success.


The Massie Affair

in 1931, Grace Hubbard Fortescue received a one-hour sentence for murdering a local Hawaiian accused of raping her daughter.


Miss America

The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.


 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.


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.


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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: 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.


Public Enemy #1

Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.


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The Radio Priest : 1 hr

Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.


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Riding the Rails : 1 hr

The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.


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.


Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.


Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit : 1 hr

Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.


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Simple Justice : 2 hrs

The legal efforts by a team of African American lawyers to eradicate segregation ultimately led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.


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Sit Down And Fight - Walter Reuther & The UAW : 1 hr

In 1936, GM and Ford could not stop one of the worst battles of the American labor movement.


Streamliners

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains : 1 hr

The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.


Surviving the Dust Bowl

Surviving the Dust Bowl : 1 hr

The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.


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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.



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Producer Picks

Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

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


Relevant Now

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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


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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.