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Born to a Vietnamese mother and an anonymous American serviceman, seven-year-old Hiep was part of Operation Babylift, a military operation to relocate Vietnamese children to the United States for adoption. Her mother feared for Hiep's safety if she were to remain in Vietnam and agreed to send her to
Originally conceived in 1921 as a ploy to keep businessmen in Atlantic City after Labor Day, the Miss America Pageant has since stood at the center of American popular culture, embodying our country's changing views on beauty, sex, race, and the roles of women in our society. This documentary follow
Documentary film on the life of Marcus Garvey, the controversial leader of the largest mass movement of African-Americans (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in the 20th century, progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, and a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. Uses archival f
When fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, fear and suspicion can fuel injustice like a runaway train. This documentary offers a comprehensive study of the infamous 1931 Alabama legal case involving nine black men, ages thirteen to nineteen, who were unjustly accused of raping two
The extraordinary story of the thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit - from his humble beginnings as an underfed, over-worked three-year old to his unlikely rise and triumphant match-race victory over the triple-crown winner, War Admiral.
In 1925, John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution in defiance of state law. His trial became an all-out duel between science and religion, and one of the epic legal battles of the 20th century.
In the aftermath of a highly publicized trial for the murder of a young Mexican-American man, Los Angeles erupted in violent riots in June 1943 that scarred race relations for decades to come. For ten straight nights, American sailors armed with makeshift weapons cruised Mexican American neighborhoo
Documentary that tracks America's oldest beauty pageant -- the Miss America pageant -- from its inception in 1921 as an event to lure tourists to the seaside resort of Atlantic City. The program includes interviews with former contestants, social commentary and pageant footage and photographs.
An artist's determination propelled the largest sculptural project in history. Gutzon Borglum directed dozens of ordinary Americans in the creation of what some call a monstrosity and others a masterpiece -- Mount Rushmore.
Biographical documentary of President Woodrow Wilson. In Part 1, Wilson rises from a Civil boyhood in Georgia to become president of Princeton University and an outspoken champion of progressive reform. He is elected governor of New Jersey, then narrowly wins the presidency, accomplishing a remarkab
Documentary that follows the exploits of John Dillinger, a desperado and bank robber no jail could hold. The program explores how J. Edgar Hoover used the outlaw's celebrity to burnish the reputation of his national law enforcement agency.
In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river
A collection of personal correspondence that brings to life the human side of war, from the American Revolution to the Gulf War.
Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that people think they're folk tunes. All in all, he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races."
Dual biography of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, focusing on their marriage. The program follows the couple from their strikingly different childhoods to their years in the White House; uncovers their ambitions and fears; and paints a picture of a couple who loved each other, quarreled inten
Documentary follows the rise and fall of the American railroad system and the genesis of a desing movement on the rails and in popular culture. On the morning of May 26, 1934, a shimmering silver locomotive pulled out of Denver's Union Station bound for Chicago. The "Zephyr" was unlike any train se
Documentary about the Jubilee Singers. In the chaotic decade following the Civil War, a group of young ex-slaves in Nashville, Tennessee, set out to save their bankrupt school by giving concerts. Traveling first through cities in the North, then on to venues across Europe, the Jubilee Singers introd
Documentary about Eleanor Roosevelt -- the most powerful woman in the United States for over 30 years. The niece of one president and wife of another, she was a tireless advocate for the disadvantaged, a woman who influenced American social policies for decades and pushed through the first internati
Documentary about George Eastman, the innovator and entrepreneur who revolutionized the photographic industry, transforming a complex, expensive technology used by a small professional elite into one that anyone could use. Includes dramatic re-enactments.
Documentary about George Wallace, the governor of Alabama for 20 years and four-time presidential candidate. The program examines the life of the man who divided a nation and launched a conservative movement that transformed the country. Born in 1919 in rural south Alabama, George Wallace was raise
Documentary about President Richard Nixon's visit to Beijing for an encounter with Chairman Mao Tse-tung in 1972, after a quarter-century of mutual antagonism between the United States and China. The climax of a secret White House initiative headed by Henry Kissinger, the diplomatic breakthrough sho
Documentary about the 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton, an impoverished immigrant from the West Indies who rose to become a framer of the U.S. Constitution and the architect of America's political economy, and Aaron Burr, a man born to wealth and privilege who served with distinction in the Revo
Few families in America have been as powerful, as admired or as hated as the Rockefellers -- and no family has been as rich. Over the course of more than a century, they exerted an unparalleled influence over nearly every aspect of American life, from business and government to art and education.
Documentary about sports hero Joe DiMaggio. Raised in a poor Italian fishing community in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age.
Profile of James Buchanan Eads, a self-made man and one of America's greatest engineers, who led a life inextricably intertwined with the nation's most important waterway, the Mississippi River. He explored the river bottom in a diving bell of his own design; made a fortune salvaging wrecks; built t
Documentary about John Brown, a man who, in the 1850s, embarked on a religious crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry, Virginia sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War.
Documentary about magician Harry Houdini. In 1912, Houdini was lowered into the East River in a chain-wrapped crate. The crowd of spectators gasped and reporters pulled out their stopwatches. Houdini was out in less than a minute. The resulting media blitz established him forever as the world's grea
At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top-secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. A world away, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue and deception marked the race to dev
Profile of American general Douglas MacArthur -- liberator of the Philippines; shogun of occupied Japan; and victor of the Battle of Inchon.
On March 28, 1979, a reactor at Three Mile Island nuclear power facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, overheated, releasing radioactive gas and water. During the next week, scientists scrambled to prevent a meltdown, officials rushed in to calm public fears and more than 100,000 residents fled to
On January 14, 1909, two ships -- one carrying Italian immigrants to New York, the other American tourists to Europe -- collided in a dense fog off Nantucket Island. In a moment, more than 1500 lives became dependent on a new technology, wireless telegraph, and a 26-year-old wireless operator who se
Documentary relating the exploration of Richard E. Byrd in the polar regions of the Earth. He was an aviation pioneer, the first credited to fly an airplane over the North Pole in 1926, then first over the South Pole in the following year. In 1934 he became the first to experience winter in the inte
In the summer of 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, led an epic journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was the last important exploration within the continental United States. Powell went on to write a literary classic about his trip; explore the region fo
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the United States military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logged 60 million miles in the air. Thiry-eight women died in serv
The Hoover Dam, rising more than 700 feet above the waters of the Colorado River, was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Built during the Depression, men desperate for work struggled against the heat, dust and heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and
Documentary examines the emerging forces of America in 1900 that would come to shape the 20th century.
A master promoter who produced elaborate spectacles to sell bicycles and cars, Carl Fisher had already made a fortune and built a motor speedway in his native Indianapolis when he was seized by a vision. On a narrow strip of swampland near Miami, Fisher created a tropical paradise of sand and palm t
For 10 years, beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. They were called "Black Blizzards," dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. Disease, hardship
Dramatization of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother in the wilds of Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Ballard, kept a 27-year diary, from which Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote her book. An extraordinary woman, Ballard struggled against p
Documentary on the flu epidemic which ravaged America starting in Spring 1918. In less than a year, the epidemic killed 675,000 people, more than died in all the wars of the 20th century combined, before disappearing as mysteriously as it began.
Two-part documentary special on Ronald Reagan, who in 1989, after two terms in office, left the White House as one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century and one of the most controversial. When his Hollywood career began to wane, Reagan turned to politics. His opponents underestimated hi
Documentary charting the genesis of Philo T. Farnsworth's development of the first working electronic television.
Documentary examining the hardships faced by gold prospectors in the Yukon rush of the the 1890s. Features photographs, personal correspondance, interviews, and expert reports.
Documentary about the invention of the telephone and how it quickly was transformed from novelty into necessity at the turn of the 20th century.
Documentary following the life of Andrew Carnegie from his impoverished origins in Dunfermline, Scotland, through his business career. Also traces the roots of Carnegie's philanthropy, eventually giving away $350 million.
Two-part documentary on the life of Harry S. Truman, President of the United States from 1945-1953.
Documentary on the reign of Liliu'okalani, who ruled Hawaii in the late 1800s. As the powerful American business community in Hawaii moved to gain control of the island nation, Liliu'okalani was caught in the middle.
Documentary charting the development of the New York City subway system at the turn of the 20th century.
Documentary about Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper reporters, who worked for the "New York World" at the end of the 19th century and was a practitioner of "stunt journalism." Focuses on two of her exploits: her inmate's-eye view of an asylum in New York City and her journey around the w
Biographical documentary examining the life of Theodore Roosevelt.
Documentary on the life and career of President Richard Nixon. Part 1 profiles his childhood, his 1946 election to Congress, his service as vice president for two terms with President Eisenhower from 1952 to 1960, and his unsuccessful bids for the Presidency in 1960 and the California governorship i
Documentary recounting the story of the U-2, the CIA's top-secret project whereby especially recruited pilots flew spy planes over the USSR deployed to uncover information about the Soviets' military capabilities during the 1950s.
Documentary recounting the clash between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over the production and release of Welles' 1941 film, "Citizen Kane," which was a brutal portrait of the newspaper magnate.
Portrait of Richard Daley, Chicago's mayor from 1955 until his death in 1976, who rose through the ranks to become the leader of arguably the mightiest political machine in the country.
Documentary recounting how Wilbur and Orville Wright became world celebrities when, after producing the first plane to really fly in 1903, they had to prove to the public that they had actually mastered manned flight.
Documentary examining the opulent world of New York society in the early 20th century, against the backdrop of the sensational trial of Harry Thaw, an eccentric heir to a Pittsburgh fortune, for the murder of the renowned architect Sanford White.
Examination of the successes and failures of the organized effort between 1854 to 1929 to send homeless city children to Midwest farming communities to begin new lives with foster families.
A documentary exploring the history of the American West from the time of the Gold Rush until shortly after the last of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee (1845 - 1893).
Documentary examining the infighting, fledgling alliances, betrayals, defeats and victories on the way to women's voting rights in the United States.
Documentary examining Thomas Alva Edison's development, design and production of electric light and the personal, patent and corporate battles following the success of his invention.
Examination of the 1968 Democratic Convention, held in Chicago, and the disorder that ensued as the convention degenerated into chaos over protests against the Democratic Party's position on the Vietnam War.
A documentary examining America's response to the Holocaust and the social and political factors that affected government policy toward Jewish immigration. Focuses on the story of Kurt Klein who struggled against the bureaucracy at the State Department in an attempt to free his parents.
Documentary about World War II's Battle of the Bulge (December 16, 1944), the biggest and bloodiest battle American soldiers have ever fought, as seen through the eyes of the soldiers and officers involved.
Documentary exploring the phenomenon of spiritualism in 19th-century America, a movement which inspired such social reforms as divorce, vegetarianism, women's suffrage, anarchism, universal government, and the eight-hour work day.
A documentary examining the life of Malcolm X.
Four-part profile of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his wife Eleanor -- through film footage, family photo albums and interviews with family, friends and biographers.
A documentary examining the Allied landing in Normandy during World War II.
An indepth look at the black independent film industry that thrived outside of Hollywood between 1910 and 1940.
A documentary about the 1911 appearance of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, in the white man's world in Northern California and his collaboration with anthropologists to document aboriginal life in America.
Documentary biography of the life and career of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Account of the disastrous hurricane of September 1938 that ripped through Long Island, New York, and New England. Features interviews with survivors of the storm.
Documentary biography of the life of American aviator Amelia Earhart.
A documentary chronicling Captain Richard Pratt's attempt to "civilize" and assimilate American Indians in the late 1800s by establishing off-reservation boarding schools.
A documentary exploring the life of George Washington beyond the popular American myth: his relationships with his wife and other women; with his troops and the cause of the American Revolution; and with his slaves and his fellow founding fathers.
A documentary exploring the Battle of the Little Big Horn from the perspectives of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow nations and the white settlers.
A two-part documentary that traces the lives of Joe and Rose Kennedy and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward.
The early history of the circus and how Phineas T. Barnum transformed it in the late 19th Century.
A documentary recounting the plight of the people trapped in the Sierra Nevadas in the winter of 1846 on the infamous trek to California by the Donner and Reed families.
Documentary about the corruption of the quiz-show industry in the 1950s, which was revealed after Charles Van Doren, an attractive, self-effacing teacher, was discovered to have participated in a rigged quiz on "Twenty-One." Congressional investigations of rigged quiz shows led to the blacklisting o
Explores the life and career of composer, pianist and orchestra leader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington.
Examination of the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and J. Edgar Hoover's control of the agency for almost fifty years.
Documentary examining the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Uses interviews, archival footage, home movies, propaganda films, feature movies and cartoons.
Explores the life and career of Lyndon Johnson, from his early years in Texas politics to the turbulent times of his presidency.
A portrait of Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century.
Account of the spring 1889 flood that swept Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 2,200 people within 10 minutes.
Documentary chronicling the exuberant, reckless year (1929) when the stock market rose, seemingly without limits, until October 29 -- the fateful day when the market crashed, bringing extraordinary financial loss to investors both large and small.
Documentary biography of Charles Lindbergh, whose solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927 made him the most famous private person on earth, but who struggled all his life to protect himself from a hero-worshipping society and a voracious media.
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