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.
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.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
American prisoners of war in North Vietnam tell of their experiences at the Hanoi Hilton and other notorious prisons.
Robert E. Lee : 90 mins
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
Spy in the Sky : 1 hr
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
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 1967 revealed a nation divided over a war that continues to haunt us.
U.S. Grant: Warrior : 90 mins
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
Victory in the Pacific : 2 hrs
The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II.
This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.
War Letters : 1 hr
From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.
President Woodrow Wilson lead America during World War I, created the Federal Reserve, and helped create the League of Nations. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
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