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10 Parks that Changed America
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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…
1971 - The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI
On March 8, 1971, a group of citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, took every file, and shared them with the public. Their actions exposed the FBI's illegal surveillance program of law-abiding Americans. Now, these previously anonymous…
A Chaos of Experimentation
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. New Deal legislation. Agencies created in response to crises. Changes to programs resulting from criticism of New Deal. The effect of policies on various groups, including women and minorities.
A Fatal Contradiction
Part of the Series: Freedom: A History of US
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The Declaration of Independence stated "all men are created equal," but the nation's slaves were a glaring exception. The colonial slave trade and brutal life for African Americans on Southern plantations spark the abolition movement and the Underground Railroad. This…
A Nation at War
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
American mobilizes for World War II. Strategies employed on both the Pacific and European fronts. U. S. becomes arsenal of allies; residual effects of economic boom. War, the American people and their culture: minorities, women, and labor. Internment of Japanese…
A Nation of Law? - 1968-71
Episode 12 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an…
A Nation Torn
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Diversifying foreign policy. Confrontations with the Soviet Union. The agony of Viet Nam. The traumas of 1968: the Tet offensive, King and Kennedy assassinations, political turmoil.
A New Corporate Order
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
1864 pivotal year in determining outcome of war. Decisive battles at Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Chattanooga. Ulysses S. Grant named Commander of Western Theater for Union after victory at Vicksburg. Material superiority of North begins to make a difference.
A Precarious Experiment
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Peace Treaty (1783) with Great Britain negotiated by Richard Oswald, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin. Uncertainties facing young country. Effects of war on new nation's people, politics, and economy. Difficulty of functioning as "nation" under Articles of Confederation. Partial resolution…
A War to End Slavery
Part of the Series: Freedom: A History of US
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Heroic soldiers in blue and gray endure the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil, as the country fights a civil war over the future of slavery. Grim battles unfold: Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Famous generals Ulysses S. Grant…
After the Mayflower
Part of the Series: We Shall Remain
PBS
In 1621, Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a…
Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More - 1964-72
Episode 11 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University…
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.
Alexander Hamilton - Biography of a Founding Father
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal…
America and the Holocaust
PBS
Weaving together interviews, official photos and documents, home movies, and archival film, this 90-minute film explores the complex social and political factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust. The story of Kurt Klein, who struggled with State Department red…
American Experience: Cold War Roadshow - The Reaction of the American Media to Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 Tour of the U.S.
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This is the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history--the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. The visit was…
American Experience: Reconstruction - The Second Civil War
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Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this dramatic mini-series recounts the tumultuous post-Civil War years. America was grappling with rebuilding itself, with bringing the South back into the Union, and with how best to offer citizenship to former slaves.…
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An Ordinary Hero - The True Story of Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
This is the amazing true story of one woman who helped change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary Civil Rights Activist, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests and was put…
Awakenings - 1954-1956
Episode 1 of Eyes on the Prize
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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,…
Back to the Movement - 1979-Mid-1980s
Episode 14 of Eyes on the Prize
PBS
Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city's…