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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.


MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.


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.


The Man Behind Hitler

Joseph Goebbels, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's success.


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.


Mary Pickford

Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.


American Experience

The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry : 1 hr

The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.


The Massie Affair

in 1931, Grace Hubbard Fortescue received a one-hour sentence for murdering a local Hawaiian accused of raping her daughter.


Meltdown at Three Mile Island

Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.


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.


A Midwife's Tale

Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.


Minik, the Lost Eskimo

In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.


Miss America

The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.


Monkey Trial

John Scopes' free speech trial pitted science against religion after the teacher presented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee school.


 The Mormons

The Mormons : 2 hrs

From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.


Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore : 1 hr

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.


Mr. Miami Beach

Creating Miami Beach from a narrow spit of Florida swampland, Carl Fisher made a fortune until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 wiped him out.


American Experience

Mr. Sears' Catalogue : 1 hr

Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.


Murder at Harvard

Accused by a janitor, a respected Harvard professor was hanged for the murder of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, in 1849.


The Murder of Emmett Till

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


Murder of the Century

A sensational story of power, class, and revenge in New York City when Harry Thaw murdered Stanford White over showgirl Evelyn Nesbit.


My Lai

My Lai : 90 mins

Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.




Producer Picks

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.


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.


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