American Experience - Season 21

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

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  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    Episode 02.15.10
    10/27/93
    0.0
    The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America's first celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination but also for her striking looks and outspoken personality. Three weeks before her 40th birthday Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, and her story became legend.moreless
  • The Bombing of Germany
    Episode 02.04.10
    2/8/10
    0.0
    In World War II British and American Allied forces carried out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany's cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians.
  • Wyatt Earp
    Episode 01.24.10
    1/25/10
    0.0
    Celebrated as a man who took control of his own destiny, Wyatt Earp came to epitomize the town-taming marshal responsible for bringing the forces of law, order and civilization to the Wild West.
  • We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee, Pt. 5 of 5
    5/11/09
    0.0
    On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists had seized the few major buildings in town. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances--some going back more than 100 years--the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.moreless
  • We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee
    5/11/09
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    On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists had seized the few major buildings in town. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances--some going back more than 100 years--the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.moreless
  • We Shall Remain: Geronimo
    We Shall Remain: Geronimo
    Episode 05.04.09
    5/4/09
    0.0
    Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers, and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures.
  • The Presidents: Truman
    The Presidents: Truman
    Episode 12.29.08
    12/29/08
    0.0
    Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. As president, Harry Truman was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II and finding America's place in the international order at the start of the Cold War.
  • The Presidents: LBJ
    The Presidents: LBJ
    Episode 10.08.08
    10/8/08
    0.0
    Sworn in after the assassination of JFK, Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs like the Civil Rights Act through Congress and won a term as president before the Vietnam War eroded his support.
  • The Presidents: Reagan
    The Presidents: Reagan
    Episode 09.22.08
    9/22/08
    0.0
    In 1988, after two terms in office, Ronald Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century -- and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government, and anti-communism.
  • We Shall Remain (Part V): Wounded Knee
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

    Rebellious Lakota and allies take up arms in 1973 and force an examination of the failures of the reservation system in the United States.
  • We Shall Remain (Part IV): Geronimo
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

    A portrait of the Chiracahua Apache who was one of the last Native Americans to continue armed resistance in North America.
  • We Shall Remain (Part III): Trail of Tears
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

    Perspectives on the forced move of the Cherokee from the southeast to the newly established "Indian Territory" of what is now Oklahoma.
  • We Shall Remain (Part III): Trail of Tears
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. Perspectives on the forced move of the Cherokee from the southeast to the newly established "Indian Territory" of what is now Oklahoma.
  • We Shall Remain (Part II): Tecumseh's Vision
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

    The story of a great Native American alliance to counter the 1800s US westward expansion from the Atlantic coast.
  • We Shall Remain (Part II): Tecumseh's Vision
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. The story of a great Native American alliance to counter the 1800s US westward expansion from the Atlantic coast.
  • We Shall Remain (Part I): After the Mayflower
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. The opening installment chronicles the early relations and negotiations between the native tribes of "New England" and the European settlers.
  • We Shall Remain (Part I): After the Mayflower
    A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

    The opening installment chronicles the early relations and negotiations between the native tribes of "New England" and the European settlers.
  • A Class Apart
    A Class Apart
    Episode 4
    2/23/09
    6.7
    A 1951 murder by a Mexican-American laborer brings into question the legal status of Hispanics in the United States.
  • The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    The circumstances surrounding the last days of the 16th President of the United States.
  • The Polio Crusade
    Episode 2
    2/2/09
    6.5
    The human story behind the massive American effort to eliminate the debilitating effects of the polio virus and the truly untested nature of Salk's original vaccine.
  • 1/26/09
    8.7
    The career of America's most famous and controversial nuclear physicist and his fall from grace during the Cold War.
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