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The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

1h 52m

In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

Episodes

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish

    S33 E42 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • The Codebreaker, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker, Spanish

    S33 E41 - 52m 51s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Voice of Freedom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Voice of Freedom

    S33 E2 - 1h 40m

    On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.”

  • Goin' Back to T-Town: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Goin' Back to T-Town

    S33 E2 - 53m 28s

    Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

  • The Codebreaker: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker

    S33 E1 - 52m 49s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

Extras + Features

  • Trailer | American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | American Oz

    S33 E4 - 30s

    By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, L. Frank Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.

  • Matilda Joslyn Gage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

    S33 E4 - 1m 15s

    Matilda Joslyn Gage cofounded the National Woman Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony. Matilda’s daughter, Maud Gage married L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • Extended Trailer | American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | American Oz

    S33 E4 - 1m 50s

    Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives. By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.

  • L. Frank Baum: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    L. Frank Baum

    S33 E4 - 1m 15s

    L. Frank Baum was an American actor, businessman and writer. He published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 that became a best-seller, a theater smash hit and a film classic.

  • Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard | American Experience: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard | American Experience

    S33 E3 - 30s

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Extended Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 2m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 1m 4s

    Isaac Woodard entered the military in 1942 and served in the 429th Port Battalion as a longshoreman. After the war, he was honorably discharged on February 12, 1946 and headed home.

  • Judge Julius Waties Waring: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Judge Julius Waties Waring

    S33 E3 - 1m 7s

    Julius Waties Waring presided over the trial of a white police chief who brutally beat and blinded Black soldier Isaac Woodard in 1946. He became an unexpected civil rights champion with rulings on several pivotal cases in the 1940s.

  • Trailer | Goin’ Back to T-Town | American Experience: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Goin’ Back to T-Town | American Experience

    S33 E2 - 30s

    The story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes.

  • Greenwood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Greenwood

    S33 E2 - 1m 19s

    In the early 1900s, a group of black businessmen purchased land in the northeast section of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They called their community Greenwood.

  • Chapter 1 | Goin' Back To T-Town: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chapter 1 | Goin' Back To T-Town

    S33 E2 - 8m 29s

    The story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation.

  • Extended Trailer | Voice of Freedom | American Experience: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | Voice of Freedom | American Experience

    S33 E2 - 1m 40s

    Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in a hundred years” by maestros in Europe and widely celebrated by both white and black audiences at home, Marian Anderson's fame hadn’t been enough to spare her from the indignities and outright violence of racism and segregation.

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    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    2 Hours

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    Chasing the Moon: Earthrise

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    2 Hours

    Exploring four dangerous years in the history of the space race, from 1964-1968, including the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions.
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    Chasing the Moon: Magnificent Desolation

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    2 Hours

    The years 1969-1970 take Americans to the moon and back; what happens to scientific and engineering programs after national goals are achieved.
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    American OZ

    Monday
    Apr 19

    2 Hours

    The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has inspired films, books and musicals.
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    American Experience

    American OZ

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    2 Hours

    The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has inspired films, books and musicals.
  • Image
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    American Experience

    American OZ

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    2 Hours

    The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has inspired films, books and musicals.
  • Image
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    American Experience

    American OZ

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    2 Hours

    The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has inspired films, books and musicals.

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