Films: Civil Rights

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.


The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.


American Experience

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.


Citizen King

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


A Class Apart

A Class Apart : 1 hr

From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.


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.


The Fight

A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.


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.


American Experience

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.


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.


George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.


Geronimo

Geronimo : 1 hr

The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.


American Experience

Goin' Back To T-Town : 1 hr

The black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.


American Experience

Ida B. Wells - A Passion for Justice : 1 hr

An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.


jesse owens

Jesse Owens : 1 hr

His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.


John Brown's Holy War

Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.


Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.


American Experience

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.


American Experience

Los Mineros : 1 hr

The story of the Mexican American miners whose labor battles shaped the course of Arizona history.


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.


Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.


American Experience

Midnight Ramble : 1 hr

The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.


The Murder of Emmett Till

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


American Experience

One Woman, One Vote : 2 hrs

The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.


Partners of the Heart

At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.


Reconstruction - The Second Civil War

The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.


Roads to Memphis

Roads to Memphis : 1 hr

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


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.


American Experience

Roots of Resistance - The Story of the Underground : 1 hr

Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.


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.





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.


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

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

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