American Experience

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's 25th Anniversary

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On October 4, 1988, PBS broadcast The American Experience’s first documentary, "The Great San Francisco Earthquake." Twenty-five years and nearly 300 films later, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has grown to become the country’s most-watched history series, setting the standard for intelligent, critical, and compelling, and critical view of America's history.

Aired: 10/03/13

Rating: NR

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The Chinese Six Companies

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The Chinese Six Companies

On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown as officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.

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