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American Experience

Season 8 1995 - 1996
TV-PG

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  • 1995-10-17T01:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 8 hours, 15 mins (9 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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9 episodes

8x01 Murder of the Century

  • Season Premiere

    1995-10-17T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The nation is fascinated by the high-profile murder of a famous architect, apparently because of jealousy over a popular female stage performer.

8x02 Edison's Miracle of Light

  • 1995-10-24T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Inventor Thomas A. Edison experiments with electricity, long-burning filaments, and glass bulbs to give America an alternative to gas lights.

8x03 Chicago 1968

  • 1995-11-08T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The nation watches a political convention that in many ways is a symbol of the turbulent times in which it was held.

8x04 The Orphan Trains

  • 1995-11-28T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of orphaned inner-city children shipped to rural locations and new lives as part of a social engineering experiment.

8x05 Freedom on My MInd

  • 1994-11-17T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

An account of the struggle to register African Americans to vote in the state of Mississippi in the 1960s.

8x06 Daley: The Last Boss

  • 1996-01-23T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Biography of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, considered one of the last major heads of big city "machine" politics in the United States.

8x07 The Battle Over Citizen Kane

  • 1996-01-30T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Orson Welles' movie stirs the ire of publisher William Randolph Hearst, the man who the film was patterned after.

8x08 The Wright Stuff

  • 1996-02-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the earliest days of aviation.

8x09 Spy in the Sky

  • 1996-02-27T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Cold War forces the United States to build very high altitude U2 planes to record photographs of opposing nations.

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