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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 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…
11 videos
Vietnam
Vietnam was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. Even today, long after the fall of Saigon, U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia remains misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented. This feature-length documentary explores the…
10 videos
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…
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…
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…
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 Great Depression
It was called "Black Tuesday": the day the bottom fell out of the stock market ushering in the Great Depression. Soon, soup kitchens and breadlines replaced the flappers and speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties. When the nation looked for leadership,…
4 videos
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…
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.
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.
No More Corsets: The New Woman
Episode 16 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
The lives of American women changed in far-reaching ways during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Trace late-19th-century social trends that led to more public roles for women and emerging ideas of women's rights. Learn about the women's suffrage movement…
Touch the Sky
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The final hour brings the story up to the present day. Gates celebrates how far African Americans have come toward equality and raises hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
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,…
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…
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.
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…
6 videos
1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”
Episode 1 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
Begin to investigate the key historical forces that characterized the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the competing ideals that defined these eras. As a starting point, take account of the U.S. in 1865, and the extraordinary social, political,…
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…
Women of '69: Unboxed - Women from the Sixties Share their Stories
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time…