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

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 amish

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.


God in America

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.


Into the Deep

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World : 2 hrs

The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.


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.


 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.




Producer Picks

jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

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


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

jfk

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.


freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer