Films: 1951 - 1960

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.


Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente : 1 hr

Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.


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.


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The Satellite Sky : 1 hr

A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.


silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.


soundtrack for a revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution : 2 hrs

The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.


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Spy in the Sky : 1 hr

In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.


The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer : 2 hrs

A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.


Harry Truman

Truman : 280 mins

Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Tupperware!

Tupperware! : 1 hr

This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.


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Wild By Law : 1 hr

Robert Marshall, Aldo Leopold and Howard Zahniser dedicated their lives to protect the shrinking American wilderness.


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The World That Moses Built : 1 hr

Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.


Zoot Suit Riots

In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.



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Producer Picks

jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

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


Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

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The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War