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 Satellite Sky : 1 hr
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
Scandalous Mayor : 1 hr
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.
The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
Seabiscuit : 1 hr
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Silicon Valley : 90 mins
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Simple Justice : 2 hrs
The legal efforts by a team of African American lawyers to eradicate segregation ultimately led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
Sins of Our Mothers : 1 hr
The legendary tale of Emeline Gurney, who - as the story goes - sold an illegitimate child at the age of 14 only to marry him at a later age.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
In 1936, GM and Ford could not stop one of the worst battles of the American labor movement.
Soundtrack for a Revolution : 2 hrs
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
Spy in the Sky : 1 hr
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
Surviving the Dust Bowl : 1 hr
The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.