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Plague at the Golden gate (español)

1h 52m

Descubra cómo un brote de la peste bubónica en 1900 desató miedo y sentir antiasiático en San Francisco.

Episodes

  • Plague at the Golden Gate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Plague at the Golden Gate

    S34 E4 - 1h 52m

    Discover how an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco. This new documentary tells the gripping story of the race against time by health officials to save the city from the deadly disease.

  • Flood in the Desert: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Flood in the Desert

    S34 E3 - 52m 45s

    Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal engineering failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland, who had ensured the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via aqueduct.

  • The American Diplomat: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The American Diplomat

    S34 E2 - 52m 43s

    Discover how three Black diplomats broke racial barriers at the US State
    Department during the Cold War. Asked to represent the best of American ideals
    abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the
    Foreign Service.

  • Riveted: The History of Jeans: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Riveted: The History of Jeans

    S34 E1 - 52m 39s

    Riveted: The History of Jeans reveals the fascinating and surprising story of the iconic American garment. They’re more than just a pair of pants — America’s tangled past is woven deeply into the indigo fabric. From its roots in slavery to the Wild West, youth culture, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop, jeans are the fabric on which the history of American ideology and politics are writ large.

Extras + Features

  • The Chinese Six Companies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Chinese Six Companies

    S34 E4 - 5m 36s

    On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown, and set about building an eight-foot high wall around the district using cement blocks and barbed wire. Officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.

  • Ng Poon Chew: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ng Poon Chew

    S34 E4 - 44s

    Ng Poon Chew was a writer, a publisher and an advocate for Chinese American civil rights. He established the first Chinese language daily newspaper in America, the Chung Sai Yat Po. This newspaper was a vital resource for the Chinese community during the plague outbreak in San Francisco.

  • San Francisco’s Bubonic Plague Cover-up: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    San Francisco’s Bubonic Plague Cover-up

    S34 E4 - 3m 58s

    As rumor spread of bubonic plague in San Francisco, newspapers couldn't agree if it was a nationwide threat or a plot to destroy the economy. Sound familiar?

  • Trailer | Plague at the Golden Gate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Plague at the Golden Gate

    S34 E4 - 1m 46s

    Follow the gripping story of the race against time to save San Francisco and the nation from an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.

  • Dr. Joseph Kinyoun: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dr. Joseph Kinyoun

    S34 E4 - 44s

    Dr. Joseph Kinyoun created the Hygienic Laboratory, the nation’s first federal laboratory of medical bacteriology which later became the National Institutes of Health.

  • The War on Rats: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The War on Rats

    S34 E4 - 1m 41s

    In 1900, the first case of bubonic plague to ever be confirmed in North America was diagnosed in San Francisco.
    Scientists did not understand how the disease was transmitted but had long theorized that rats played a role.

  • Rupert Blue: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Rupert Blue

    S34 E4 - 44s

    In 1901, Rupert Blue launched a public health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco.

  • Trailer | Flood in the Desert: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Flood in the Desert

    S34 E3 - 1m 51s

    Flood in the Desert explores the 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam and its aftermath, the second deadliest disaster in California history.

  • William Mulholland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    William Mulholland

    S34 E3 - 52s

    In 1922, to meet the growing water needs of Los Angeles, William Mulholland began building the St. Francis Dam to create a reservoir for the Los Angeles–Owens River aqueduct.

  • Owens Valley Paiute: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Owens Valley Paiute

    S34 E3 - 55s

    The Native inhabitants—the Paiute people of the Owens Valley territory in what is now the State of California built sophisticated irrigation canals to channel water runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Schedule

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    McCarthy

    Monday
    Jul 18

    2 Hours

    The rise and fall of Joe McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin who led a Cold War crusade against Communists.
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    American Experience

    McCarthy

    Tuesday
    Jul 19

    2 Hours

    The rise and fall of Joe McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin who led a Cold War crusade against Communists.
  • Image
    American Experience: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    McCarthy

    Tuesday
    Jul 19

    2 Hours

    The rise and fall of Joe McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin who led a Cold War crusade against Communists.

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