American Experience, Season 23Closed Captioning
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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). The series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including twenty-four Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and fourteen George Foster Peabody Awards.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoRobert E. Lee||Robert E. Lee is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history. Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.||1:23:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoDinosaur Wars||In the summer of 1868, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh boarded a Union Pacific train for a sightseeing excursion through the heart of the newly opened American West. While most passengers simply saw magnificent landscapes, Marsh soon realized he was traveling through the greatest dinosaur burial ground of all time. Ruthless, jealous and insanely competitive, Marsh would wrestle over the discovery with the other leading paleontologist of his generation, Edward Drinker Cope. Over time, the two rivals would uncover the remains of dozens of prehistoric animals, including 130 species of dinosaur; collect thousands of specimens; provide ample evidence to prove Charles Darwin’s hotly disputed theory of evolution; and put American science on the world stage. But their professional rivalry eventually spiraled out of control. What began with denigrating comments in scientific publications led to espionage, the destruction of fossils and political maneuvering that ultimately left both men alone and almost penniless.||52:58||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoPanama Canal||On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal Zone, unravels the remarkable story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.||1:22:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Greely Expedition||Using scientific accounts, diaries, photographs and letters, this film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.||53:09||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoTriangle Fire||The Triangle Fire chronicles the fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killing one hundred and forty-eight young women and forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States. A relationship that is still in question today as Americans re-examine the balance between the welfare of citizens and the motivations of global capitalism.||53:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Great Famine||When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign. This documentary reveals the riveting story of America’s engagement with a distant and desperate people.||53:57||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoFreedom Riders||This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.||1:53:44||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Overall Ok but seems like quality is down
I love this series. I've been a fan of it for many years and always look forward to each new season and what it could bring. But I must say that I feel that the quality of programming this season is down. I tuned into the Robert E. Lee series looking for keen insights into the man and his mind but what I saw (which was ok) was a convulated mash of excerpts in his life. I was looking for a more complete picture and instead what I got was little bits here and there.
Don't get me wrong, it was an ok episode and I enjoyed it. But this series has a history of setting the bar higher and I must say that I was somewhat dissappointed with the result. Additionally I would like to see more projects focusing on things other than the Civil Rights Movement. I realize that it was an amazing thing to behold, but there is much more to the 60's than that. I think this series has covered it almost completely. (A documentary on James Meredith would be great however). Last years Roads To Memphis likewise seemed more intent in connecting modern events to history instead of saying what happened. You need to understand how something happened before you can begin to make those connections.
Keep up the good work and I'll look forward to what will be coming next.
"Women had to burn"
Yes, a quote from the drama. It ends something like 'in order for us to learn'. But eerily enough I got the suspicion that the owners set this fire on purpose, as payback for the strike. The locked door, them escaping on the roof without warning the workers, the insurance money........
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Jan 23, 2011
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