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In the summer 1931, Honolulu's tropical tranquility was shattered when a young Navy wife...

American Experience

American Experience, TV’s most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.


See The Chinese Exclusion Act on May 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. on KCTS 9. 


Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years.

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In the summer 1931, Honolulu's tropical tranquility was shattered when a young Navy wife...
The shocking story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy college students who...
The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers...
The story behind a mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center that...
Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic...
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City's history. A dropped match on...
Using his connections, his money, and his brilliant scientific mind, Alfred Lee Loomis, a...
Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with...
Influenza 1918 is the story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known....
In 1963, North Carolina salesman Bob Jones chartered what would become the largest Klan...
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a...
Explore the converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a...
American neutrality is eroded by reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks,...
In the fall of 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev...
As patriotism sweeps the nation—stifling free speech and dissent—a diverse group of men...
As the war ends, America is forever transformed by the violent and bloody conflict. And...
In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush...
An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and...
OKLAHOMA CITY traces the events — including the deadly encounters between American...
Drawing upon eyewitness accounts, including interviews with Weaver’s daughter, Sara, and...
The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took...
In January 1967, San Francisco youth descended on Golden Gate Park for a Human Be-In. The...
First responders, journalists, shop owners, those inside the pressure-packed control...
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular...
Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at...
COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a...
Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in...
What is gained and lost when community and tradition are exchanged for individuality and...
It was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering...
Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books...
Just days after the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's...
When William Morgan was executed outside a Havana prison on March 11, 1961, his strange...
American-led United Nations troops were outnumbered and at risk of annihilation at the...
Nikola Tesla's technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although...
An obsessed artist struggles against bankruptcy, public indifference, and a brutal...
In the 1950s and early '60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to...
The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president,...
The biography of a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one...
Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with...
How the young United States dealt with the unprecedented and overwhelming number of dead...
By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Edison was one of the most famous men in the world....
In 1988, after two terms in office, Ronald Reagan left the White House one of the most...
Part one of "Walt Disney" explores the complex life and enduring legacy of Walt Disney,...
This is the theatrical version of the documentary, with Vietnamese subtitles. In April of...
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese...
The battle against tuberculosis had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It...
In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the...
1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and 3...
The story of 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, when more than 700...
Just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to...
In an era in which cold-blooded killers such as Jesse James and the Younger Brothers...
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner'...
A fresh look at JFK, an enigmatic man who has become one of the nation's most beloved and...
Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with...
John D. Rockefeller was the world's first billionaire and the most hated man in America....
Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose...
The biography of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential...
The story of how abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet...
Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf...
The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games...
The history of the American whaling industry from its 17th-century origins in drift-and-...
On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened connecting the world's two largest oceans and...
An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a...
Using interviews with Tupperware executives and dealers from the early days and wonderful...
A product of the American Civil War, James was less heroic than brutal; America's own...
Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune...
General George Custer, his martyrdom was shrouded in controversy and contradictions. The...
A fascinating look at the myth and the man behind it, who, in just a few short years...
Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe...
The legendary trapper, scout and soldier helped map the Oregon Trail. The ultimate...
In the summer of 1950 Wytheville, VA realized the nation's worst medical fears. An...
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents Roberto Clemente. Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente was an...
American Experience presents Walt Whitman, a two-hour documentary from acclaimed...
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American...
The dramatic story of the construction of New York City's Grand Central Terminal in 1913...
From Reconstruction to the 1960s, this film offers a portrait of New Orleans that...
The story of a founding father who laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy...
Examine the international race to develop biological weapons during World War II and the...
The CCC was President Roosevelt's answer to the environmental and economic challenges...
In the Spring of 1954, the U.S. government put J. Robert Oppenheimer, the country's...
The little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet...
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case. The little-known...
In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a...
An epic story of adventure, abandonment and human tragedy, The Greely Expedition tells of...
The story of two Americans who laid the foundation for modern paleontology and whose...
The life and reputation of the Confederate general of the American Civil War whose...
In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit, the leading...
Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa came closer than anyone since to creating an Indian nation that...
Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. As president, Harry...
Seabiscuit was dung-colored and boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely...
Jimmy Carter's story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was...
Hoover Dam's electrical output helped build the ships and planes used in World War II;...
The story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring...
Franklin Delano Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation...
This biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in...
At the height of the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers were living on the...
As the storm made its way across the Atlantic and up the eastern seaboard, there was...
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Descriptive Video Services version of Earth Days for the visually impaired.
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Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the...
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America's...
In World War II British and American Allied forces carried out a bombing campaign of...
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California,...
Celebrated as a man who took control of his own destiny, Wyatt Earp came to epitomize the...
A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy. From Joseph Kennedy's...

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