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 Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America's least understood presidents. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Eleanor Roosevelt supported the President's New Deal and advocated for civil rights, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential women.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
The young CBS reporter changed his pacifist ideals after reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe during World War II.
A writer's childhood and the development of her photography and writing about the American South.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
A Family Gathering : 1 hr
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
FDR : 4 hrs
Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Cuba's Communist leader defied the odds, surviving his Soviet benefactors, the wrath of U.S. presidents, two diplomatic crises and assassination attempts.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
George H. W. Bush : 3 hrs
A biography of the 41st U.S. president, from his service in World War II to his days in the Oval Office. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
Geronimo : 1 hr
The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.
A nostalgic and humorous look at how old world Chicago lives side by side with the new.
Goin' Back To T-Town : 1 hr
The black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.
The story of Liliu'okalani, the last queen and ruler of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii.
Hearts and Hands : 1 hr
Quilting and the intimate clues it yields about the lives of 19th century women.
Henry Ford : 2 hrs
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.
Insanity on Trial : 1 hr
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian : 1 hr
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
Jesse James : 1 hr
America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.
Jesse Owens : 1 hr
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
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.
Jimmy Carter : 2 hrs
A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.