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American Experience

Season 10 1997 - 1998
TV-PG

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  • 1997-10-07T01:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 23 hours, 56 mins (20 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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20 episodes

10x01 Truman (1): An Accident of Democracy

  • Season Premiere

    1997-10-07T01:00:00Z — 139 mins

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.

10x03 A Midwife's Tale

  • 1998-01-20T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The life of a midwife living in Maine during the late 18th century, based on the journals of Martha Ballard and the research of a modern-day author.

10x04 Mr. Miami Beach

  • 1998-02-03T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Documentary of Carl Graham Fisher, an opportunist who saw potential for tourism in the swamp lands of Florida.

10x05 Influenza 1918

  • 1998-02-10T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I. Nicknamed "Spanish influenza," it died out quickly the following winter.

10x06 Reagan (1): Lifeguard

  • 1998-02-24T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.

10x07 Reagan (2): An American Crusade

  • 1998-02-25T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.

10x08 Surviving the Dust Bowl

  • 1998-03-03T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.

10x09 Riding the Rails

  • 1999-04-13T01:00:00Z — 250 mins

The subculture of young hobos that sprang up during the Great Depression.

As the U.S. turns over the war to the South Vietnamese army, American soldiers and Vietnamese citizens feel the dimming prospects for victory. An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History.

With fighting already spread to neighboring Laos, President Richard Nixon orders a secret bombing campaign against Cambodia, which will soon endure a nightmarish post-war holocaust. An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History.

As President Nixon escalates the bombing of Hanoi and North Vietnamese troops advance, negotiators struggle for four years to sign a peace treaty that will be broken quickly. An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History.

Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts. An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History.

Ten years after American ground troops arrived in South Vietnam, communists seize Saigon in a lightning attack that brings the war to a startling conclusion. An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History.

10x15 A Midwife's Tale

  • 1998-01-20T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The life of a midwife living in Maine during the late 18th century, based on the journals of Martha Ballard and the research of a modern-day author.

10x16 Mr. Miami Beach

  • 1998-02-03T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Documentary of Carl Graham Fisher, an opportunist who saw potential for tourism in the swamp lands of Florida.

10x17 Influenza 1918

  • 1998-02-10T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I. Nicknamed "Spanish influenza," it died out quickly the following winter.

10x18 Reagan (1): Lifeguard

  • 1998-02-24T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.

10x19 Reagan (2): An American Crusade

  • 1998-02-25T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.

10x20 Surviving the Dust Bowl

  • 1998-03-03T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.

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