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American Experience has moved to Tuesday nights on most PBS stations.

Mount Rushmore
Jun 30, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Mount Rushmore: 1 hr

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

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The Abolitionists
Jul 7, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The Abolitionists: 3 hrs

How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

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Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam: 2 hrs

With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?

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My Lai

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.

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The Forgotten Plague

The Forgotten Plague: 1 hr

The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.

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The Big Burn

The Big Burn: 1 hr

It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.

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Edison

Edison: 2 hrs

Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.

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war of the worlds

War of the Worlds: 1 hr

Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.

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klansville usa

Klansville U.S.A.: 1 hr

During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.

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ripley

Ripley: Believe It or Not: 1 hr

Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.

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