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American Experience Films

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 200 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.

A Brilliant Madness

Mathematician John Nash's career was cut short by paranoid schizophrenia, but his work became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994, as Nash began to show signs of improving, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics.

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A Class Apart

From an unremarkable small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case. The little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.

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A Family Gathering

The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.

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A Midwife's Tale

Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution. From her diary, see 18th-century America through a woman's eyes.

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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

The story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter. He would become president of the nation during its worst crisis, the Civil War, and free slaves as the Great Emancipator.

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Adam Clayton Powell

A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century. He served as a New York congressman during the Fifties and Sixties.

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