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.
The Abolitionists : 3 hrs
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
Freedom Riders : 2 hrs
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Klansville U.S.A. : 1 hr
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
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.
Jesse Owens : 1 hr
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
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.
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.
Roads to Memphis : 1 hr
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
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.
Roberto Clemente : 1 hr
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
We Shall Remain : 5 hrs
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.