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 U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.
American Comandante : 1 hr
American comandante William Morgan went to Cuba to help Fidel Castro return the country to a democracy. Instead, four years later, he was executed.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
Battle of the Bulge : 90 mins
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.
After the Soviet blockade of West Berlin, British and American pilots delivered tons of food and fuel to the German city by airplane for nearly a year.
The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, fighting to free Europe from Nazi occupation and end World War II.
The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.
Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
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.
Ten years after American troops arrived in South Vietnam, communists seized Saigon in an attack that brought the war to a startling conclusion.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The Great War - 1918 : 1 hr
With over a million already dead, heroic American soldiers and nurses served in the closing battles of World War I.
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.
Jesse Owens : 1 hr
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
Last Days in Vietnam : 2 hrs
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
LBJ : 4 hrs
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
A look at five real-life "Rosies," the reality of working in defense plants during World War II and then having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.
The Living Weapon : 1 hr
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
Love in the Cold War : 1 hr
An American Communist family that had fled to Moscow in the late 1920s, return to America in 1935 but can not bring their 5-year-old son.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
Joseph Goebbels, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's success.
The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
My Lai : 90 mins
Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.
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.
Orphans of the Storm : 1 hr
In the summer of 1940, 10,000 children were sent from wartime Britain to the United States.
Pearl Harbor - Surprise And Remembrance : 90 mins
A minute-by-minute account, on both sides of the Pacific, leading up to the surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.
Radio Bikini : 1 hr
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
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