HISTORY

A production of  

Television's most-watched history series, American Experience has been hailed as "peerless" (Wall Street Journal), "the most consistently enriching program on television" (Chicago Tribune), and "a beacon of intelligence and purpose" (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present.
 

alt titleJune 2014: Fifty Years Since Freedom Summer

During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration. 

» See Clips Online


 

alt titleMore Stories on the Struggle for Civil Rights

Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of eight months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until December that year, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives — many endured savage beatings and imprisonment — for simply traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South in protest of segregation laws.

» Watch online

 



facebook   Like: American Experience on Facebook

twitter icon  Tweet: @AmExperiencePBS

 

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders

American Experience

Originally aired in March 2011. Rebroadcast in June 2014

Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer

American Experience

Recalling the summer of 1964 in Mississippi.

120 min.

Bad Things Were Going to Happen

Bad Things Were Going to Happen

American Experience

Watch a clip from "Freedom Summer," premiering June 24, 2014.

Dorie Ladner - "The Activist"

Dorie Ladner - "The Activist"

American Experience

"The line was drawn in the sand for blacks and whites... I decided to cross that line."

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire

American Experience

The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

60 min.

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

American Experience

Trace the brief life of New York’s Penn Station, whose destruction spurred landmarks preservation.

Related Features

The hits and the highlights from WGBH
 

   

TV Pledge: Aug 2014 Urgent Adlob
TV Pledge: Hometown Adlob