American Experience - Season 2

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Monday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Oct 04, 1988 In Season

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  • Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven
    1/29/90
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    The story of Yosemite told through the diary of one of the first white Americans to visit the California valley.
  • Adam Clayton Powell
    11/14/89
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    Documentary on the life of civil rights advocate Powell, including his career as a Harlem minister and a US Congressman.
  • The Great Air Race of 1924
    10/3/89
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    Early American aviators try to cross the planet with primitive planes of limited range and under harsh conditions.
  • Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad
    A chronicle of the organized efforts to help slaves find freedom in the north.
  • The Great War: 1918
    10/31/89
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    America enters the fighting in what is now called World War I.
  • A Family Gathering
    A Family Gathering
    Episode 3
    10/17/89
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    An examination of a the story of a Japanese family in America from their arrival in the US to the days of suspicion during World War II.
  • Demon Rum
    Demon Rum
    Episode 2
    10/10/89
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    The story of how prohibition went from local preferences and ordinances to national law, with specific reference to its application in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Mr. Sears' Catalogue
    11/21/89
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    The story behind the mail order tome that brought merchandise (or dreams of it) within reach of Americans far and wide.
  • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
    10/24/89
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    The work of a notable civil rights crusader in the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Battle for Wilderness
    12/5/89
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    A profile of an early environmental dispute over the construction of a dam in California after the Great Earthquake of 1906.
  • Forever Baseball
    Forever Baseball
    Episode 6
    11/7/89
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    A nostalgic treatment of the national pastime and its meaning in American cultural history.
  • Ballad of a Mountain Man
    12/12/89
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    Story of a folklore historian who sought to preserve the traditional music of the Appalachians for posterity.
  • God Bless America and Poland, Too
    2/12/90
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    Episode focusing on Polish immigration in the 1910s and the contributions of Poles to the United States.
  • Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil
    1/8/90
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    Oil exploration and the fortunes and failures of the independent opportunists who searched for it.
  • Forbidden City, USA
    Forbidden City, USA
    Episode 11
    12/19/89
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    The Americanization of Chinese people in the 1920s and 30s as seen in the famous San Francisco nightclub "The Forbidden City."
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