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American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

Roberto Clemente (español)

52m 21s

Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente was an exceptional baseball player and humanitarian whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change. He would die in a tragic plane crash in 1972.

Episodes

  • Part 2 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 2 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

    S33 E44 - 1h 52m

    William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood. The model for Citizen Kane, he had a decades-long affair with actress Marion Davies, built an enormous castle at San Simeon, and forever transformed modern media.

  • Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

    S33 E43 - 1h 50m

    William Randolph Hearst builds the nation’s largest media empire by the 1930s. Born into one of America’s wealthiest families, he used his outlets to achieve unprecedented political power, then ran for office himself.

  • 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.

  • Sandra Day O'Connor: The First: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

    S33 E6 - 1h 51m

    Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, Sandra Day O'Connor was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

  • Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 1h 51m

    Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, he built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Oz

    S33 E4 - 1h 52m

    Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum never lost his childlike sense of wonder and eventually crafted his observations into a magical tale of survival, adventure and self-discovery, reinterpreted through the generations in films, books and musicals.

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

    Trailer | Riveted: The History of Jeans

    S34 E1 - 1m 45s

    Discover the fascinating story of this iconic American garment. From their roots in slavery to the Wild West, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop, jeans are the fabric on which the history of American ideology and politics is writ large.

  • When Blue Jeans Got a Bad Name: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    When Blue Jeans Got a Bad Name

    S34 E1 - 7m 14s

    Over the fourth of July weekend in 1947, 4,000 motorcycle riders, wearing leather jackets and blue jeans roared into Hollister, California for a three-day rally. The small town woke to motorcyclists in an unusual uniform: leather jackets and blue jeans.

  • Levi Strauss: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Levi Strauss

    S34 E1 - 53s

    You might think that Levi Strauss invented jeans. In reality he is the man who brought them to market and made millions.

  • Origins of Denim: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Origins of Denim

    S34 E1 - 54s

    Denim is the quintessential American fabric. Yet its possible origins are spread across the globe.

  • Terence Todman: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Terence Todman

    S34 - 53s

    Terence Todman served as U.S. ambassador to six nations over four decades and retired with the prestigious rank of career ambassador.

  • Edward Dudley: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edward Dudley

    S34 - 45s

    Edward Dudley saw that Black foreign service officers were restricted to the “Negro Circuit,” serving in just a handful of countries while white officers were transferred all over the world.

  • The American Diplomat: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The American Diplomat

    S34 - 45s

    Edward Dudley saw that Black foreign service officers were restricted to the “Negro Circuit,” serving in just a handful of countries while white officers were transferred all over the world.

  • Carl Rowan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Carl Rowan

    S34 - 52s

    Carl Rowan was the highest ranking African American in the history of the State Department during the 20th century. In 1964 Lyndon Johnson appointed Rowan as director of the U.S. Information Agency.

Schedule

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    Roberto Clemente

    Tuesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    A committed humanitarian, baseball great Roberto Clemente challenges racial discrimination.
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    American Experience

    Roberto Clemente

    Wednesday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    A committed humanitarian, baseball great Roberto Clemente challenges racial discrimination.
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    American Experience: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    Roberto Clemente

    Wednesday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    A committed humanitarian, baseball great Roberto Clemente challenges racial discrimination.
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    American Experience

    Roberto Clemente

    Saturday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    A committed humanitarian, baseball great Roberto Clemente challenges racial discrimination.
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    American Experience

    The Fight

    Saturday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    The 1938 world heavyweight championship between Joe Louis and German boxer Max Schmeling.
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    American Experience

    George W. Bush

    Saturday
    Feb 5

    2 Hours

    The life and presidency of George W. Bush, including the turbulent events that dominated his time in office -- including the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
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    American Experience

    George W. Bush

    Sunday
    Feb 6

    2 Hours

    The life and presidency of George W. Bush, including the turbulent events that dominated his time in office -- including the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
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    Riveted: The History of Jeans

    Monday
    Feb 7

    1 Hour

    The history of jeans, from their roots in slavery to the Wild West, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop.
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    American Experience

    Riveted: The History of Jeans

    Tuesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    The history of jeans, from their roots in slavery to the Wild West, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop.
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    American Experience

    George W. Bush

    Thursday
    Feb 10

    2 Hours

    The life and presidency of George W. Bush, including the turbulent events that dominated his time in office -- including the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
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    American Experience

    George W. Bush

    Friday
    Feb 11

    2 Hours

    The life and presidency of George W. Bush, including the turbulent events that dominated his time in office -- including the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
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    Jesse Owens

    Saturday
    Feb 12

    1 Hour

    The remarkable victories of Jesse Owens after facing Nazi racism during the 1936 Olympics.

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