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I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
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…
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…
Awakenings - 1954-1956
Episode 1 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery,…
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…
Ain't Scared of Your Jails - 1960-1961
Episode 3 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.
Mississippi: Is This America? - 1963-1964
Episode 5 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic…
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…
Retreat 
Part of the Series: American Experience: Reconstruction
PBS
Radical Reconstruction, the world's first large-scale experiment in interracial democracy, sweeps across the South; white resistance flares into violence. Northern commitment to Reconstruction wanes as the white Southern version of Reconstruction, the "lost cause," captures the Northern imagination. By l877,…
Carved In Silence - Inside Angel Island Immigration Station
Carved in Silence tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay during the little known Chinese Exclusion era. The film examines the genesis of racially discriminatory…
Fighting Back - 1957-1962
Episode 2 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with…
Chinese Couplets - A Family's Journey Though Chinese Exclusion
Part memoir, part history, part investigation, Chinese Couplets spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America's Chinese Exclusion Acts on journalist filmmaker Felicia Lowe's family. Lowe offers a…
The Orphan Trains
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
In 1853, 10,000 homeless children roamed New York City streets. Young minister Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society, sending orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. Until 1929, Brace's Society and other charities sent more than…
The Return of Navajo Boy
The Return of Navajo Boy, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, is an internationally acclaimed documentary that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. It tells the story of Elsie Mae…
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No Easy Walk - 1961-1963
Episode 4 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King's leadership, shows 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…
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 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…
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…
Dickinson - The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson
Recognized as one of the best American poets in history, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) made great strides while living in an age of predominantly male poets. This film traces Dickinson's life in 19th Century New England and her remarkable work during…