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.


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 Murder of Emmett Till

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


Richard Nixon

Nixon

Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Nixon's China Game

President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated a secret diplomatic breakthrough with Mao Tse-tung that shocked and changed the world.


The Nuremberg Trials

The story of the dramatic post-World War II tribunal that brought Nazi leaders to justice and defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day.


Public Enemy #1

Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.


Ronald Reagan

Reagan : 270 mins

The life of the president who saw himself as the heroic defender of the "shining city on a hill." Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Return With Honor

American prisoners of war in North Vietnam tell of their experiences at the Hanoi Hilton and other notorious prisons.


RFK

The remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, Robert F. Kennedy.


Theodore Roosevelt

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Author, soldier, scientist, outdoorsman and caring father, he was the youngest man to become president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Harry Truman

Truman : 280 mins

Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Two Days in October

Two days in 1967 revealed a nation divided over a war that continues to haunt us.


Ulysses S. Grant

U.S. Grant: Warrior : 90 mins

A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.


Vietnam: A Television History

This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.


 We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain : 5 hrs

The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.


Zoot Suit Riots

In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.



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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.


Relevant Now

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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


freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer