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The Great Depression
It was called "Black Tuesday": the day the bottom fell out of the stock market ushering in the Great Depression. Soon, soup kitchens and breadlines replaced the flappers and speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties. When the nation looked for leadership,…
4 videos
The Civil Rights Movement
In the middle of the twentieth century, oppression and racism were challenged by courage, leadership and a dream. The crusade for freedom promised to unite the nation and threatened to tear it apart. This important documentary program explores the dramatic…
11 videos
The Cold War - Part 1
Communists and capitalists united in World War II to defeat the Axis powers. But following victory in 1945 the allies became adversaries. The world's two great superpowers--the United States and Soviet Union--locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and…
6 videos
The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties was a decade of startling contrasts. World War I was over. Women got the right to vote, they cut their hair, and their skirts. Alcohol was outlawed and speakeasies and bootlegging filled the void. Babe Ruth was…
5 videos
The Progressive Era
At the turn of the century, America was a world economic and military power. Enriched by the fruits of the industrial revolution, it was a heady time for the wealthy class. For many others, life was fouled by poor working…
4 videos
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…
6 videos
The Cold War - Part 2
Communists and capitalists united in World War II to defeat the Axis powers. But following victory in 1945 the allies became adversaries. The world's two great superpowers--the United States and Soviet Union--locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and…
5 videos
The Sixties
In the 1960s, Americans embraced the liberal promises and programs of two presidents: John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Kennedy, the East Coast blue blood, and Johnson, the rough-and-tumble Texan, could not have been more different. Yet each claimed…
2 videos
World War II
The seeds of World War II were sown in the dark days of depression following the first world conflict. While the United States chose a course of isolationism, escalating aggression in Europe and Asia threatened world stability. Without warning, the…
7 videos
America Becomes a World Power
The United States was a devastated union at the close of the Civil War. But within forty years the nation would rise from the ashes to become a unified world power. From controversial expansionism, through war in the Caribbean and…
7 videos
Vietnam
Vietnam was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. Even today, long after the fall of Saigon, U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia remains misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented. This feature-length documentary explores the…
10 videos
The Post-War Years
1945 marked the end of World War II and the beginning of the power, politics and prosperity of the Post-War years. The presidency passed from Truman to Eisenhower and millions moved out of the city and onto the Interstate Highway…
3 videos