American Experience Season 23
S23 E01Oct 12, 2010
God in America: A New Adam (1) & A New Eden (2) Oct 12, 2010 A New Adam explores the origins of Christian religion in America and examines how the New World changed the faiths that the settlers brought with them. A New Eden explores how an unlikely alliance between evangelical Baptists and enlightenment figures like Thomas Jefferson served as the foundation of American religious liberty.
S23 E02Oct 12, 2010
God in America: A Nation Reborn (3) & A New Light (4) Oct 12, 2010 During the 19th century, the forces of modernity challenged traditional faith and drove a wedge between liberal and conservative believers.
S23 E03Oct 13, 2010
God in America: Soul of a Nation (5) & Of God and Caesar (6) Oct 13, 2010 Hour five explores the post-World War II era, when rising evangelist Billy Graham tried to inspire a religious revival that fused faith with patriotism in a Cold War battle with Godless Communism.
S23 E04Jan 3, 2011
Robert E. Lee Jan 3, 2011 From PBS and American Experience - Robert E. Lee is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history.
S23 E05Jan 17, 2011
Dinosaur Wars Jan 17, 2011 From PBS and American Experience - In the summer of 1868, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh boarded a Union Pacific train for a sightseeing excursion through the heart of the newly opened American West. While most passengers simply saw magnificent landscapes, Marsh soon realized he was traveling through the greatest dinosaur burial ground of all time.
S23 E06Jan 24, 2011
Panama Canal Jan 24, 2011 From PBS and American Experience - On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower.
S23 E07Jan 31, 2011
The Greely Expedition Jan 31, 2011 From PBS and American Experience - Using scientific accounts, diaries, photographs and letters, this film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.
S23 E08Feb 28, 2011
Triangle Fire Feb 28, 2011 The 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village resulted in legislation ensuring the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the U.S.
S23 E09Apr 11, 2011
The Great Famine Apr 11, 2011 The American Experience looks at Hebert Hoover's American Relief Administration and its efforts to distribute food during the Great Russian Famine of 1921.
S23 E10Apr 25, 2011
Stonewall Uprising Apr 25, 2011 This documentary, part of American Experience (1987) series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the United States: the riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in the summer of 1969. At that time, homosexuality was not only illegal, it was classified as mental illness. Bars like Stonewall were controlled by the mob and the police were paid to either look the other way or conduct their raids early in the day. On this night however, the police arrived when the bar was full. The reaction was swift with crowds quickly forming outside the bar. The next night, a crowd estimated in the thousands again confronted the police. As a result of these actions, the gay community made themselves known for the first time. A year later, in the summer of 1970, many of those involved staged the first Gay Pride parade.
S23 E11May 9, 2011
Soundtrack for a Revolution May 9, 2011 The story of the American civil rights movement told through the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The music enabled African-Americans to sing words they could not say and helped protesters face brutal aggression with dignity. With heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images and contemporary performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and The Roots.
S23 E12May 17, 2011
Freedom Riders May 17, 2011 They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation. Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
S23 E13May 16, 2011
Freedom Riders May 16, 2011 From PBS and American Experience - This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders.
S23 E101Feb 21, 2011
Jimmy Carter Feb 21, 2011 A profile of former president Jimmy Carter. In 1980, after one term, he lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan, receiving 41 percent of the popular vote. In the following years, however, he forged a new legacy as a respected statesman and humanitarian. The documentary charts his ascent during the turbulent 1970s; explores the role of his wife Rosalynn as his confidant and adviser; and details his successful post-presidency years.
S23 E102Jan 10, 2011
U.S. Grant: Warrior Jan 10, 2011 A profile of Ulysses S. Grant, chronicling how he rose from obscurity to become a Civil War hero who earned the admiration of the Northern public while, in the South, his hard-nosed tactics led him to be labeled a butcher.