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 Abolitionists : 3 hrs
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
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.
After the Crash : 1 hr
After the stock market crashed in 1929, thousands suffered unemployment and poverty in the Great Depression.
Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.
The founding father laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the banking system and Wall Street.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
Amelia Earhart : 1 hr
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
The U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.
The Amish : 2 hrs
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
Annie Oakley : 1 hr
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln : 90 mins
As a nation mourned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a manhunt closed in on the twenty-six-year-old actor, John Wilkes Booth.