American Experience

The Pilgrims

Season 27 Episode 10 | 1h 52m 9s | Video has closed captioning.

Explore the converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. The challenges they 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.

Aired: 11/24/15

Expires: 12/16/23

Rating: NR

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