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Tower - First Hand Accounts of the University of Texas' 1966 Shooting
August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a…
The Abolitionists Part 1
Episode 1 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
Shared beliefs about slavery bring together Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave who becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William…
Triangle Fire - A Deadly Factory Accident in New York
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City's history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside. The private industry of the…
The New Immigrants: A New America
Episode 7 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
Here, learn how widespread immigration during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era transformed U.S. society. Delve into the diverse factors underlying immigration, and the perceived threats and social problems posed by immigrants. Observe how society at large reacted to the…
Revolution 
Part of the Series: American Experience: Reconstruction
PBS
In the chaos following the Civil War, a revolution takes shape in the South. Former slaves move to take control of their lives, setting up their own communities, churches and schools. Southern whites, deeply threatened, resist - often violently. Congress…
Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go to War
PBS
Premiering on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis, this film focuses on three central figures in the crisis -- President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. On October 22, 1962, President John…
The Abolitionists Part 2
Episode 2 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement. Threatened with capture by his former owner, Douglass flees to England, returning to the U.S. in 1847. He launches his own anti-slavery paper. John Brown meets with Douglass, revealing his…
Wanda the Wonderful - The True Story of a 1920's Era Female Wild-West Sharpshooter
She had four husbands, but she only shot one of them... "Wanda the Wonderful" is a documentary film that tells the true story of a 1920's era gun slinging wild-woman, Wanda, and her journey from Indian Territory to sheep country,…
American Reds - The Failed Revolution
Weaving powerful and compelling personal stories told by American Communists with objective historical sources and analysis, American Reds: "What Must We Dream Of?" illuminates the epic story of the rise and fall of the American Communist Party. Between 1920 and…
Andrew Carnegie: The Self-Made Ideal
Episode 5 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
This lecture examines the notion of the "self-made man" as it pervaded Gilded Age America. Investigate why this idea took on unprecedented popularity in the 19th century, how it was strongly promoted by figures from Horatio Alger to Andrew Carnegie,…
Out of the Shadows
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots that marked a new phase in the black struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, redefining American culture, politics, and society.
The Abolitionists Part 3
Episode 3 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war…
Move on Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The second hour dramatizes the diverging paths for African Americans and outbursts of white backlash that emerged in the 1970s and early '80s. Gates explores how African Americans found new sources of hope from the creation of hip-hop.
The Reconstruction Revolution
Episode 2 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
The era of Reconstruction following the Civil War was a turbulent and divisive period in American life. Learn about governmental policies and legislation that were enacted to safeguard the welfare of former slaves and average citizens, and how these policies…
The Civil Rights Movement
In the middle of the twentieth century, oppression and racism were challenged by courage, leadership and a dream. The crusade for freedom promised to unite the nation and threatened to tear it apart. This important documentary program explores the dramatic…
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Keep Your Head Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The third hour reveals profound fissures within the country--and within black America--that deepened through the 1980s and '90s, just as African Americans were becoming more visible than ever.
Coney Island
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
"It is blatant, it is cheap, it is the apotheosis of the ridiculous. But it is something more; it is like Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone Park; it is a national playground, and not to have seen…
10 Parks that Changed America
PBS
10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the…
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era:
Episode 3 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
Examine the complex and fascinating story of the conquest of the American West. First, assess key myths surrounding the West and how it was settled. Explore the motives and realities of westward migration, the components of the western economy, and…
World War I - The War in Europe
World War I was sparked by nationalism and a complex web of political and military alliances. Soldiers in Europe fought the first modern war as industrial-age ingenuity sparked terror in the guise of warplanes, flamethrowers and chemical weapons. On the…
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