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American Experience

Season 15 2002 - 2003
TV-PG

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  • 2002-11-12T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 11 hours, 52 mins (13 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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13 episodes

15x01 Jimmy Carter (1): Jimmy Who?

  • Season Premiere

    2002-11-12T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.

15x02 Jimmy Carter (2): Hostage

  • 2002-11-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.

City of the Century chronicles Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town of fur traders and Native Americans to a massive metropolis that was the quintessential American city of the nineteenth century. The film tells how innovation, ingenuity, determination and ruthlessness created empires in what was a marshy wasteland and describes the hardships endured by millions of working men and women whose labor helped a capitalist class reinvent the way America did business. Along the way, this program revels in Chicago's triumphs -- among them the architectural experimentation that gave the city one of the world's most distinctive skylines -- and delves into the heart of Chicago's painful struggles. Bringing to life the Windy City's rich mixture of cultures, its writers and journalists, its political corruption and labor upheavals, this film bears witness to the creation of one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.

City of the Century chronicles Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town of fur traders and Native Americans to a massive metropolis that was the quintessential American city of the nineteenth century. The film tells how innovation, ingenuity, determination and ruthlessness created empires in what was a marshy wasteland and describes the hardships endured by millions of working men and women whose labor helped a capitalist class reinvent the way America did business. Along the way, this program revels in Chicago's triumphs -- among them the architectural experimentation that gave the city one of the world's most distinctive skylines -- and delves into the heart of Chicago's painful struggles. Bringing to life the Windy City's rich mixture of cultures, its writers and journalists, its political corruption and labor upheavals, this film bears witness to the creation of one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.

City of the Century chronicles Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town of fur traders and Native Americans to a massive metropolis that was the quintessential American city of the nineteenth century. The film tells how innovation, ingenuity, determination and ruthlessness created empires in what was a marshy wasteland and describes the hardships endured by millions of working men and women whose labor helped a capitalist class reinvent the way America did business. Along the way, this program revels in Chicago's triumphs -- among them the architectural experimentation that gave the city one of the world's most distinctive skylines -- and delves into the heart of Chicago's painful struggles. Bringing to life the Windy City's rich mixture of cultures, its writers and journalists, its political corruption and labor upheavals, this film bears witness to the creation of one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.

15x06 The Murder of Emmett Till

  • 2003-01-21T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

15x07 Transcontinental Railroad

  • 2003-01-28T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The combination of ambition, money, and power that led to the completion of the famous railway that spanned America's west.

15x08 Partners of the Heart

  • 2003-02-11T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

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.

15x09 The Pill

  • 2003-02-18T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The discoveries that led to the birth control pill and its subsequent impact on American women.

15x10 Daughter from Danang

  • 2003-04-08T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American naval officer as she grows up in the United States.

15x11 Seabiscuit

  • 2003-03-30T02:00:00Z — 52 mins

He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten, a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait, but though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

15x12 Bataan Rescue

  • 2003-07-08T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The daring rescue by US Army Rangers of American POWs captured on Bataan as World War II came to a close.

15x13 Murder at Harvard

  • 2003-07-15T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

A modern re-creation of the possible events behind the sensational murder of Dr. George Parkman in 1849 Boston.

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