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American Experience

Season 21 2009
TV-PG

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  • 2009-01-27T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 12 hours, 11 mins (11 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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11 episodes

21x01 The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

  • Season Premiere

    2009-01-27T02:00:00Z — 110 mins

The career of America's most famous and controversial nuclear physicist and his fall from grace during the Cold War.

21x02 The Polio Crusade

  • 2009-02-03T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

The human story behind the massive American effort to eliminate the debilitating effects of the polio virus and the truly untested nature of Salk's original vaccine.

The circumstances surrounding the last days of the 16th President of the United States.

21x04 A Class Apart

  • 2009-02-24T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A 1951 murder by a Mexican-American laborer brings into question the legal status of Hispanics in the United States.

A chronicle of the early relations and negotiations between the tribes of what became known as New England and the European settlers.

The story of a great Native American alliance to counter the 1800s US westward expansion from the Atlantic coast.

Perspectives on the forced move of the Cherokee from the southeast to the newly established "Indian Territory" of what is now Oklahoma

21x08 We Shall Remain (4): Geronimo

  • 2009-05-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

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

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

Stacy Keach narrates the story of America's first family. The chronicle, which features home movies, archival footage and photos, includes patriarch Joseph Kennedy's business and political dealings, John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential election and Robert F. Kennedy's tragic 1968 campaign, as well as Edward M. Kennedy's failed 1980 bid.

21x11 Surviving the Dust Bowl

  • 2009-11-17T02:00:00Z — 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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