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The Pilgrims Trailer

Preview: Season 27 Episode 10 | 3m 15s

The challenges the Pilgrims faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration. "The Pilgrims" premieres November 24 at 8/7c on PBS American Experience.

Aired: 11/24/15

Rating: NR

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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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