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American Experience is a PBS documentary that has a great appeal as it looks at lives of Americans, and makes for interesting documentary viewing around their lives. This series focuses on different pieces of history and the people involved in the history of the United States. The lives of these people and their stories, is what has made this a unique TV series. American Experience is a very good look at some of the most interesting Americans, and their contribution, that have every lived. Originally many of them came as immigrants and made a fantastic life with blood seat and tears.

The pains and hardships build great drama in this series about the American Experience. The American Experience TV series, is a fascinatingly entertaining series that is intellectually stimulating at the same time. As the program examines the people of America, and their events, and the technologies they had a hand in bringing to us, it makes for interesting drama that hold you to the channel. Many episodes examine how different natural resources have shaped the country, and how some have hurt the country.

The lives of Americans are so interesting because so many of us come from so many different places, and each has contributed in a different way. Each show has a different narrator that seems to fit the venue they are exploring. The tone and atmosphere give it a real sense of drama and keeps you wanting more. Inside each life event there is rich stories of humanity, that adds to the series in a very heart felt way. The series is narrated by well known personalities from famous Americans themselves, and adds to the regal effect that makes it so delightful.

American Experience uses expert historians, and history authors, to create the truest and most visual account, of what these Americans did and went through. The series has spectacular period images, and is very realistic and riveting. They use great filming to blend with rich music to make the stories seem alive today. These dramatic re-enactments have a suspense to them that creates a mood in the audience that leaves them wondering what is next. Contemporary America is brought to life, and the inside stories are carefully examined as the story of America, and Americans, is unfolded in the TV series.

It makes us all do a little soul searching for what others have went though, and helps us to be understanding to a greater degree. One of the best series on TV today and rich entertainment.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
30 Seasons, 336 Episodes
October 4, 1988
History, Documentary & Biography
Cast: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt
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American Experience Full Episode Guide

  • On September 16, 1920, as hundreds of Wall Street workers headed out for lunch, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in front of Morgan Bank - the world's most powerful banking institution. The blast turned the nation's financial center into a bloody war zone and left 38 dead and hundreds more seriously injured. As financial institutions around the country went on high alert, many wondered if this was the strike against American capitalism that radical agitators had threatened for so long. A mostly forgotten act of terror that remains unsolved today, the bombing helped launch the career of a young J. Edgar Hoover and sparked a bitter national debate about how far the government should go to protect the nation from acts of political violence.

  • The titans and barons of the glittering late-19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them, are remembered. The vast disparities between the rich and poor sparked debates still raging today.

  • Meet the unknown tycoon whose secret lab developed the technology that altered the course of WWII.

  • Explore Theodore Roosevelt's perilous 1914 journey into the deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest.

  • "The Great War" tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." Part 3 of 3

  • "The Great War" tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." Part 2 of 3

  • American neutrality is eroded by reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks, leading Wilson to proclaim that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

  • Eyewitness accounts of the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge include the daughter of Randy Weaver, the man arrested following a standoff with police, and the federal agents on the scene.

  • Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement that led to the bombing that killed 168 people.

  • Discover how engineers overcame daunting challenges to construct America's first subway.

  • Scientist Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring'' and other writings advance the global environmental movement.

  • A minute-by-minute account of the 1980 nuclear accident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex.

  • Revisit this pivotal Korean War battle through eyewitness accounts of bloody combat and heroism.

  • Engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla's technology revolutionizes the electrical age of the 20th century.

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The Palmer Raids | The Bombing of Wall Street Clip (01:39) Becoming J. Edgar Hoover | The Bombing of Wall Street Clip (01:25) An Attorney General Targeted | The Gilded Age Clip (01:27) Chapter 1 | The Bombing of Wall Street Clip (09:52) Mary Elizabeth Lease | The Gilded Age Clip (01:32) Chapter 1 | The Gilded Age Clip (10:07) From Poverty to Politics: Henry George | The Gilded Age Clip (01:35) Man of Steel: Andrew Carnegie | The Gilded Age Clip (01:18)