American Experience Season 9
S09 E01Oct 6, 1996
T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I) Oct 6, 1996 An assassin's bullet ended the life of William McKinley in 1901, making his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, an "accidental" president at the age of 42.
S09 E02Oct 7, 1996
T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part II) Oct 7, 1996 The film of the ships in New York harbor at the time of T.R.'s return is run backwards, as the smoke is seen going back into the smoke stacks.
S09 E03Jan 20, 1997
The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie Jan 20, 1997 TR is just 46 years old when he is inaugurated as president. He builds the Panama Canal, wins the Nobel Prize for Peace, and combatively introduces widesweeping social reforms. As his presidency draws to a close, TR names his best friend, Secretary of War William Howard Taft, as his successor. Taft wins the 1908 election.
S09 E04Jan 27, 1997
Hawaii's Last Queen Jan 27, 1997 Liliu'okalani moved easily between two worlds -- she had dined at the White House, had been a guest at Buckingham Palace, yet never abandoned her Hawaiian traditions. A writer and composer, she was thrust into a role she was never prepared to play, caught between two opposing forces.
S09 E05Feb 3, 1997
The Telephone Feb 3, 1997 The telephone was first introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and was an instant success. Although first rented only to "persons of good breeding" and seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen, the telephone soon transformed American life. Trees gave way to telephone poles as operators known as "hello girls" began to connect a sprawling continent.
S09 E06Feb 10, 1997
Big Dream, Small Screen Feb 10, 1997 A biography of Philo Farnsworth, an inventor of the television.
S09 E07Feb 17, 1997
New York Underground Feb 17, 1997 Follows the construction of the New York City subway system in the early 1900s.
S09 E08Apr 28, 1997
Around the World in 72 Days Apr 28, 1997 The story of the female investigative reporter, Nellie Bly and her race around the world in less than 80 days.
S09 E09May 12, 1997
Gold Fever May 12, 1997 It began with the blizzard of 1888 -- mountains of snow twenty feet high, horse cars and omnibuses abandoned, the city paralyzed. There was no doubt New York needed a public transportation system. It would be an American epic -- the largest public works project in history, overshadowed only by the Panama Canal.
S09 E10Apr 15, 1997
Around the World in 72 Days Apr 15, 1997 At the age of nineteen, Nellie Bly talked her way into an improbable job on a newspaper, then went on to become "the best reporter in America." She was serious and spunky. To expose abuse of the mentally ill, she had herself committed. But when she travelled around the world in just 72 days, beating Jules Verne's fictional escapade, she turned herself into a world celebrity.
S09 E11Apr 29, 1997
Gold Fever Apr 29, 1997 The 1890's in America were desperate times. A depression brought bank and business failures and forced millions of men and women from their jobs. When gold was discovered in a frozen no man's land between Canada and Alaska, 100,000 people made the treacherous journey in search of riches.