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No More Corsets: The New Woman
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 and its embattled crusade to gain voting rights for women.
1893—First Women Voters in New Zealand
Follow the fight for women's suffrage in New Zealand and America, as two global trends--the demand for women's political voice and the growth of settler societies--intersected.
The Great War: Part 3
Chart the ways in which the bloodiest battle in U.S. history, and the ensuing peace, forever changed a nation. African Americans found ways to push for change. Women's suffrage gained converts, and America stepped onto the world stage.
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 U.S. home front, women assumed new roles, the suffrage movement…
Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote - Ratifying the 19th Amendment
Of all the battles waged on Nashville's doorstep, the final throes for the passage of the 19th Amendment were among the most heated, controversial and colorful. In July of 1920, all eyes were on the Tennessee capital as anti- and pro-suffragists each fought for their vision of a socially evolving…
Quilts in Women’s Lives
Quilts is a ground breaking film used by folklorists, anthropologists and historians of art and women's history that presents the lives, art, work and philosophy of seven ordinary women. This deceptively simple film won most of the major awards for independent films during the years after its release in 1981…
The History of the United States - 1850 through Present Day
Part of the Series: A Nation Of Immigrants
This program illustrates the stresses and strains of a maturing but divided society through the Civil War, Reconstruction, universal suffrage, the struggle for civil rights, to the growth of a truly multiracial and multiethnic society. President Lincoln--Assassinated! See how the U.S. rebuilt after the Civil War and discover the Industrial…
Voices of Reform
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Emergence of romanticism in literature and art. The transcendentalists and utopian societies. Reform movements that emerged from the Second Great Awakening. A closer look at the temperance movement, the abolitionists movement, and women's suffrage efforts: their leaders and effects on each other.
Coming Out: A 50 Year History - The History of the Public Gay Identity
Transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, narrates this documentary where young people interview a host of LGBTQ elders who came out in different historical eras from the 1950s through today. These inspiring talks give insight into the political and personal changes that shaped the modern LGBTQ movement. The young interviewers get an…
A Nation of Drunkards
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: Prohibition
Americans have argued over alcohol for centuries. Since the early years of the American Republic, drinking has been at least as American as apple pie. As Episode 1: A Nation of Drunkards begins, clergymen, craftsmen and canal-diggers drink. So do the crowds of men who turn out for barn-raisings and…
The 17th Amendment: Democracy Restored
Sweeping progressive reforms changed the face of American politics. Observe how initiatives at the city level began the eventual transformation of urban political machines into players in political reform. Examine major political reforms at the state and federal levels, culminating in the civil service system, popularly elected senators, and voting…
Muriel Matters
In London 1909, an actress from Adelaide made worldwide headlines after taking to the skies under a 25-metre balloon emblazoned with the slogan, 'Votes For Women'. Known as 'that daring Australian girl', Muriel Matters was inspired by playwrights, anarchists and revolutionaries to use her performance skills and bravery in the…