Films: 1961 - 1970

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.


1964

1964 : 2 hrs

America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.


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Adam Clayton Powell : 1 hr

A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.


The Alaska Pipeline

Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.


A Brilliant Madness

Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.


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Chicago 1968 : 1 hr

The 1968 Democratic National Convention saw a clash of political visions on the convention floor and violence outside on the streets of Chicago.


Citizen King

An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.


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Daley, the Last Boss : 2 hrs

For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.


Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.


Eyes on the Prize

This acclaimed 14-hour series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985, tracing African Americans' struggle for equality and justice.


Fidel Castro

Cuba's Communist leader defied the odds, surviving his Soviet benefactors, the wrath of U.S. presidents, two diplomatic crises and assassination attempts.


Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders : 2 hrs

A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.


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Freedom on My Mind : 2 hrs

The Freedom Summer of 1964 saw whites and blacks coming together in a nonviolent army to bring national attention to the struggle for racial equality.


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Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.


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French Dance Tonight : 1 hr

French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.


George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.


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.


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JFK : 4 hrs

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


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Kennedy vs. Wallace - A Crisis Up Close : 1 hr

A portrait of JFK and his brother Robert as they confront Alabama governor George Wallace over segregation.


Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

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


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Klansville U.S.A. : 1 hr

During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.


Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ : 4 hrs

Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

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."


The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.


Malcolm X - Make It Plain

Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.


Meltdown at Three Mile Island

Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.


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.


The Murder of Emmett Till

The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.


My Lai

My Lai : 90 mins

Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.


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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.





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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.


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

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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.