American Experience

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.

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Season 26

  • Episode

    Freedom Summer

    The story of 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi - then one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

Season 23

  • Episode

    Freedom Riders

    The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

Season 15

  • Short

    The Murder of Emmett Till

    The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the Civil Rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

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