A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, Sandra Day O'Connor was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.
A profile on the most famous athlete of his time, Jesse Owens, whose stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe.
The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Explore the life of L. Frank Baum, the man behind one of the most beloved, enduring and quintessential American classics, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Woodard was on his way home after serving in WWII. He was pulled off a bus after a heated exchange with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. What happened next? Find out on American Experience, "The Blinding of Isaac Woodard."
On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.” Barred from performing in Constitution Hall because of her race, Anderson would sing for the American people in the open air. Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in a hundred years” by maestros in Europe and widely celebrated by both white and Black audiences at home, her fame hadn’t been enough to spare her from the indignities and outright violence of racism and segregation. Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul.
Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation.
American Experience: The Codebreaker uncovers the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government would send infamous gangsters to prison in the 1920s and bring down a massive, near-invisible Nazi spy ring in WWII.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents The Vote, a new four-hour, two-part documentary series that tells the dramatic story of the epic – and surprisingly unfamiliar – crusade waged by American women for the right to vote.