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American Experience

American Experience

PBS 1988

Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called The American Experience (now shortened to simply American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - The American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.Though The American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.

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The 10 Best Episodes of American Experience

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#1 - The Abolitionists: 1838-1854

10.00

Season 25 - Episode 2

See how the activities of the five principals intersect and affect the anti-slavery movement.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of American Experience from 2 votes.

#2 - The Abolitionists: 1854-Emancipation and Victory

10.00

Season 24 - Episode 11

Examine the forces leading to war and to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of American Experience from 2 votes.

#3 - We Shall Remain (4): Geronimo

10.00

Season 21 - Episode 8

A portrait of the Chiracahua Apache who was one of the last Native Americans to continue armed resistance in North America.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#4 - Partners of the Heart

10.00

Season 15 - Episode 8

A tale of the partnership between a white doctor and a young African-American in pioneering cardiac surgical procedures during the World War II era.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#5 - George H.W. Bush (1)

10.00

Season 20 - Episode 13

A detailed chronicle of the Bush family and the life of the 41st President of the United States - from World War II to the Gulf War and beyond.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

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#6 - The Abolitionists: 1854-Emancipation and Victory

10.00

Season 25 - Episode 3

Examine the forces leading to war and to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of American Experience from 2 votes.

#7 - Soundtrack for a Revolution

10.00

Season 23 - Episode 11

The story of the American civil rights movement told through the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The music enabled African-Americans to sing words they could not say and helped protesters face brutal aggression with dignity. With heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images and contemporary performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and The Roots.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#8 - We Shall Remain (5): Wounded Knee

10.00

Season 21 - Episode 9

Rebellious Lakota and allies take up arms in 1973 and force an examination of the failures of the reservation system in the United States.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

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#9 - Silicon Valley

9.67

Season 25 - Episode 5

Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of American Experience from 6 votes.

#10 - The Abolitionists: 1820s-1838

9.50

Season 24 - Episode 9

Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of American Experience from 2 votes.

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#11 - Cold War Roadshow
9.20
Season 26 - Episode 7

In the fall of 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev toured the United States for 12 days at the invitation of President Dwight Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and potentially chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of American Experience from 5 votes.

#12 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Parts 1–2)
9.00
Season 13 - Episode 7

Abraham Lincoln-was born into poverty; Mary Todd, however, grew up in luxury, the daughter of a Kentucky banker and slave owner. (Several of her brothers would die fighting for the South in the Civil War.) While he was something of a rube when they met, she was the opposite, polished and refined. Yet they shared something in common: a love of politics. Narrator: David McCullough. The marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln proves to be a tempestuous affair accented by her temper, his depression and their political ambitions. Included: his elections to the U.S. House of Representatives and, later, the presidency.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#13 - The Pilgrims
9.00
Season 26 - Episode 12

The challenges the Pilgrims faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of American Experience from 5 votes.

#14 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
9.00
Season 23 - Episode 13

The marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was long and turbulent, and knew many trials, including the loss of two children. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#15 - Nixon (3): The Fall
9.00
Season 3 - Episode 4

Chronicle of the 37th President - from his earliest ambitions to his innovative foreign policy and paranoia of perceived rivals.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#16 - Dolley Madison
9.00
Season 22 - Episode 4

Tony Award-winner Eve Best stars as Dolley Madison, America’s “first First Lady”; Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays is James Madison.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of American Experience from 3 votes.

#17 - None
9.00
Season 25 - Episode 9

None

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of American Experience from 3 votes.

#18 - New York (5): Cosmopolis 1919-1931
9.00
Season 12 - Episode 5

In this short but dazzling period, New York became the focal point of an extraordinary array of human and cultural energies, reaching its highest levels of urban excitement and glamour. In just over a decade, New York gave birth to its signature skyscrapers, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and to artistic creations like F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and to the jazz compositions of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Along the way, Harlem emerged as the undisputed capital of the African- American experience and the new media industries of advertising, radio networks, public relations, and magazines found their homes in midtown Manhattan.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of American Experience from 1 votes.

#19 - The Great Transatlantic Cable
9.00
Season 17 - Episode 7

America lays a telegraph cable across the Atlantic and enables almost-instant communication with Europe for the first time in history.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of American Experience from 2 votes.

#20 - Jubilee Singers
9.00
Season 31 - Episode 8

In the chaotic decade following the Civil War, a group of young ex-slaves in Nashville, Tennessee, set out on a mission to save their financially troubled school by giving concerts.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of American Experience from 3 votes.

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