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American Experience - Season 24

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

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  • Death and the Civil War
    9/18/12
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    "How the young United States dealt with the unprecedented and overwhelming number of dead in the Civil War, premiering on PBS Sept 18, 8/7c. The Ric Burns film is based on the book "This Republic of Suffering" by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.
  • Jesse Owens
    Episode 7
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    The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.moreless
  • Grand Coulee Dam
    Episode 6
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    Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.moreless
  • The Amish
    Episode 5
    2/28/12
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    An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values?moreless
  • 2/20/12
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    From the political backwaters of Arkansas, Bill Clinton emerges as a political force unlike any seen on the national stage in a generation. Overcoming a troubled upbringing marred by alcoholism and violence, Clinton is determined from the start to succeed, first in Arkansas, then at Georgetown, Oxford and finally Yale. There he meets a young woman named Hillary Rodham who shares his intellect and idealism. Together they forge a marriage and political partnership that takes them to the Arkansas governor's mansion and ultimately the White House. Hour 1 follows their bumpy road to the 1992 presidential victory, an amazing triumph over repeated scandals and setbacks. Although they have won the presidency, the Clintons have not yet won the country. In their moment of triumph, the first couple has no way of imaging the turmoil that lies ahead.moreless
  • Billy the Kid
    Episode 3
    1/10/12
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    A fascinating look at the myth and the man behind it, who, in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan boy to the most feared man in the West and an enduring western icon.
  • 1/17/12
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    The story of a United States' attempt to spark a fresh Native uprising only to result in the massacre of a well-known soldier and his men.

  • Billy the Kid
    Billy the Kid
    Episode 1
    1/10/12
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    The facts behind the legendary young outlaw who rose to infamy.

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