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American Experience

Season 2 1989 - 1990

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  • 1989-10-04T01:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 13 hours, 45 mins (15 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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15 episodes

2x01 The Great Air Race of 1924

  • Season Premiere

    1989-10-04T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Early American aviators try to cross the planet with primitive planes of limited range and under harsh conditions.

2x02 Demon Rum

  • 1989-10-11T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of how prohibition went from local preferences to national law, with specific reference to its application in Detroit, MI.

2x03 A Family Gathering

  • 1989-10-18T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

An examination of a the story of a Japanese family in America from their arrival in the US to the days of suspicion during World War II.

2x04 The Great War: 1918

  • 1989-11-01T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

America enters the fighting in what is now called World War I.

2x05 Forever Baseball

  • 1989-11-08T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A nostalgic treatment of the national pastime and its meaning in history.

2x06 Mr. Sears' Catalogue

  • 1989-11-22T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story behind the mail order tome that brought merchandise (or dreams of it) within reach of Americans far and wide.

2x07 Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven

  • 1990-01-30T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of Yosemite told through the diary of one of the first white Americans to visit the California valley.

2x08 Adam Clayton Powell

  • 1989-11-15T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Documentary on the life of civil rights advocate Powell, including his career as a Harlem minister and a US Congressman.

2x09 Journey to America

  • 1991-04-23T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Documentary on the great influx of immigrants between 1890 and the 1920s.

2x10 Ballad of a Mountain Man

  • 1989-12-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Story of a folklore historian who sought to preserve the traditional music of the Appalachians for posterity.

The work of a notable civil rights crusader in the late 19th and early 20th century.

2x12 Orphans of the Storm

  • 1991-05-07T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

A tale of British children sent to North America during the early World War II bombing of London.

2x13 Forbidden City, USA

  • 1989-12-20T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Americanization of Chinese people in the 1920s and 30s, including public roles that ran counter to their cultural history.

2x14 Battle for Wilderness

  • 1989-12-06T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A profile of an early environmental dispute over the construction of a dam in California after the earthquake of 1906.

A chronicle of the organized efforts to help slaves find freedom in the north.

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