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.

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.

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.

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.

klansville usa

Klansville U.S.A. : 1 hr

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

freedom summer

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.


1964 : 2 hrs

America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.


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.

silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

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

Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.

Roads to Memphis

Roads to Memphis : 1 hr

The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.

Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.

Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

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

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 Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

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

Richard Nixon


Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

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.

 We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain : 5 hrs

The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.

Producer Picks


JFK : 4 hrs

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

Relevant Now

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

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