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American Experience

American Experience

As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.

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View a complex portrait of the notorious Haight-Ashbury event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement. Hear interviews with a range of individuals, including politicians, runaways, police officers, residents and scholars.

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Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/wzfnIX0SzGUAgSOJdY3sFA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. That night the street erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations that lasted for the next three days. The Stonewall riots marked a major... /episodes/get/93001 /episode/93001 Stonewall Uprising /episode-player/93001

"Stonewall Uprising" explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary.

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Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:45
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/fAIyg02QXmCt56j3y347-g==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In 1988, after two terms in office, Ronald Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century -- and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government, and anti-... /episodes/get/45511 /episode/45511 The Presidents: Reagan /episode-player/45511

A biography from American Experience's collection of presidential portraits.

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Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/OUSW59MbPn6cyLoi2l2vLA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Influenza 1918 is the story of the worst epidemic the United States has ever known. Before it was over, the flu would kill more than 600,000 Americans - more than all the combat deaths of this century combined. /episodes/get/58551 /episode/58551 Influenza 1918 /episode-player/58551

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.

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Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/ZTPhwNP8R7F6cfnRU5pOBg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Sworn in after the assassination of JFK, Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs like the Civil Rights Act through Congress and won a term as president before the Vietnam War eroded his support. /episodes/get/45761 /episode/45761 The Presidents: LBJ /episode-player/45761

Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.

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Thu, 10/09/2008 - 04:00

In the early years of the 20th century, at a time when the U.S. Navy dominated Hawaii, Americans thought of the islands as their Paradise in the Pacific. But in September 1931, an explosive incident shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface. Thalia Fortescue Massie, the troubled young wife of a navy lieutenant, claimed that a group of Hawaiians had raped her on the Ala Moana, a lonely beach road leading from Waikiki to Honolulu. Five young men were arrested -- two Hawaiians, two Japanese and one Chinese.

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