Films: Politics

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.


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.


American Experience

After the Crash : 1 hr

After the stock market crashed in 1929, thousands suffered unemployment and poverty in the Great Depression.


Alexander Hamilton

The founding father laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the banking system and Wall Street.


America 1900

Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.


America and the Holocaust

The U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.


The Bombing of Germany

The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr

During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.


American Experience

Chicago 1968 : 1 hr

The 1968 Democratic National Convention saw a clash of political visions on the convention floor and violence outside on the streets of Chicago.


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Clinton : 4 hrs

A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.


American Experience

Daley, the Last Boss : 2 hrs

For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.


Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison : 90 mins

America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.


The Duel

Founding father Alexander Hamilton went up against political rival and former vice president Aaron Burr in one of history's most famous duels.


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America's least understood presidents. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt supported the President's New Deal and advocated for civil rights, becoming one of the 20th century's most influential women.


Emma Goldman

The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.


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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.


George H.W. Bush

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.


George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.


Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

The bizarre saga of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst's kidnapping and conversion to her captors' cause.


Hijacked

In September 1970, militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked five commercial airplanes.


American Experience

The Hunt for Pancho Villa : 1 hr

After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa.


American Experience

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.


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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

Jimmy Carter : 2 hrs

A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


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John and Abigail Adams

From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.


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.


Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.


Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam : 2 hrs

With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?


Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ : 4 hrs

Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


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.





Producer Picks

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JFK : 4 hrs

The latest addition to our Peabody Award-winning Presidents collection, JFK is a four-hour biopic of our 35th president.


Relevant Now

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JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.


The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.