Films: 1941 - 1950
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.
The U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.
Battle of the Bulge : 90 mins
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.
After the Soviet blockade of West Berlin, British and American pilots delivered tons of food and fuel to the German city by airplane for nearly a year.
The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, fighting to free Europe from Nazi occupation and end World War II.
Eleanor Roosevelt supported the President's New Deal and advocated for civil rights, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential women.
The young CBS reporter changed his pacifist ideals after reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe during World War II.
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.
FDR : 4 hrs
Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
The Kennedys : 3 hrs
A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
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."
A look at five real-life "Rosies," the reality of working in defense plants during World War II and then having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.
The Living Weapon : 1 hr
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The Lobotomist : 1 hr
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
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.
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.
Orphans of the Storm : 1 hr
In the summer of 1940, 10,000 children were sent from wartime Britain to the United States.
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