Films: Pre 1800
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.
The founding father laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the banking system and Wall Street.
The Amish : 2 hrs
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
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.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
God in America : 6 hrs
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
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.
The history of New York City and the people and forces that have shaped it over the past 400 years is told in a seven-part 14.5-hour series.
This film follows the 65 "British soldiers" and 67 "American rebels" who reenact the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord.
The Pilgrims : 2 hrs
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.
We Shall Remain : 5 hrs
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.