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American Experience

Season 3 1990 - 1991

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  • 1990-10-02T01:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 14 hours, 44 mins (15 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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15 episodes

3x01 Lindbergh

  • Season Premiere

    1990-10-02T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

After his famous flight, Charles Lindbergh becomes known to all the world but struggles with life in the limelight.

3x02 Nixon (1): The Quest

  • 1990-10-09T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Chronicle of the 37th President - from his earliest ambitions to his innovative foreign policy and paranoia of perceived rivals.

Episode focusing on Polish immigration in the 1910s and the contributions of Poles to the United States.

3x04 Insanity on Trial

  • 1990-12-18T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The trial of Charles Guiteau, a seeming madman who killed President James Garfield.

3x05 The Satellite Sky

  • 1990-12-04T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story behind orbiting satellites, the "space race," and the proliferation and uses of man-made satellites.

3x06 The Crash of 1929

  • 1990-11-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression.

3x07 The Iron Road

  • 1990-11-27T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

America is spanned when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific join track and enable a railroad system that is truly transcontinental.

3x08 French Dance Tonight

  • 1993-02-16T02:00:00Z — 59 mins

The distinctive music of Louisiana including Cajun and Zydeco performances.

3x09 Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil

  • 1990-01-09T02:00:00Z — 54 mins

Oil exploration and the fortunes and failures of the independent opportunists who searched for it.

3x10 After the Crash

  • 1991-01-08T02:00:00Z — 111 mins

After the stock market crashed in 1929, thousands suffered unemployment and poverty in the Great Depression. The most desperate year, 1932, brought World War I veterans' Bonus March, the election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the New Deal.

3x11 Los Mineros

  • 1991-01-29T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A story of Mexican-American workers in early 20th century copper mines in the southwest.

3x12 Coney Island

  • 1991-02-05T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A history of the three major amusement parks that made Coney Island one of America's favorite recreational diversions in the early to mid 20th century and the ultimate fate of Coney Island.

3x13 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.

3x14 Love in the Cold War

  • 1991-02-19T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of Eugene Dennis and his wife Peggy, communist activists in the post-World War II era.

The evolution of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an instrument to battle serious interstate crime and the personal mission of its controversial leader.

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