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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.

American Experience

The Satellite Sky : 1 hr

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

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Scandalous Mayor : 1 hr

James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.

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 : 1 hr

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

Secrets of a Master Builder

Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.

silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

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

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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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Sins of Our Mothers : 1 hr

The legendary tale of Emeline Gurney, who - as the story goes - sold an illegitimate child at the age of 14 only to marry him at a later age.

Sister Aimee

The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.

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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.

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.


Space Men : 1 hr

They were the first to brave the unknown.

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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.

Stephen Foster

America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.

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.


Streamliners: America's Lost Trains : 1 hr

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

 summer of love

Summer of Love

In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.

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.

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.


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


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.

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

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