Trailer | American Oz
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.
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.
American Experience Episodes
S34 Ep4 | 1h 52m 39s
Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco
S34 Ep3 | 52m 45s
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.
S34 Ep2 | 52m 43s
Three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the State Department during Cold War.
S34 Ep1 | 52m 39s
Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
S33 Ep44 | 1h 52m 4s
William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood.
S33 Ep43 | 1h 50m 14s
The life of William Randolph Hearst, who transformed the media’s role in American life.
S33 Ep6 | 1h 51m 33s
Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice - Sandra Day O'Connor.
S33 Ep5 | 1h 51m 41s
One of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century.
S33 Ep4 | 1h 52m 52s
The life and times of L. Frank Baum, creator of the beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
S33 Ep3 | 1h 52m 49s
How a horrific incident of racial violence became catalyst for the civil rights movement.
S33 Ep2 | 1h 40m 16s
The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial
S33 Ep1 | 52m 49s
The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.
S24 Ep4 | 1h 48m 56s
Watch part two of Clinton.
S15 Ep12 | 53m 1s
Emmett Till's murder and the acquittal of his killers mobilized the Civil Rights Movement.
S32 Ep10 | 1h 52m 58s
Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategies and reveals the pervasive racism.
S32 Ep9 | 1h 52m 53s
The fiery campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.
S23 Ep9 | 1h 21m 4s
The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
S32 Ep8 | 52m 50s
The story of Ted Fujita's groundbreaking work to understand the deadliest storms.
S32 Ep5 | 1h 53m 20s
Watch part two of the life and presidency of George W. Bush.
S32 Ep4 | 1h 52m 3s
The life and presidency of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.
American Experience Extras
S34 Ep5 | 3m 55s
The Iran Hostage crisis in 1979 changed the modern mediascape forever.
S34 Ep5 | 3m 40s
Colonel James Q. Roberts recalls the details of the failed Iran Hostage rescue mission.
S34 Ep5 | 1m 7s
Watch the opening sequence of Taken Hostage.
S34 Ep5 | 1m 3s
Who's who of the Iran Hostage Crisis.
S34 Ep5 | 46s
Barry Rosen was the press attaché at the U.S. embassy during the Iran hostage crisis.
S34 Ep5 | 48s
Hilary Brown was the first female foreign correspondent at ABC News.
S34 Ep5 | 1m
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was the last shah of Iran.
S34 Ep5 | 58s
With the Iran hostage crisis, President Carter faced one of the biggest challenges.
S34 Ep5 | 6m 8s
The secret U.S. and U.K. plan to put the Shah in control of Iran in 1953.
S34 Ep5 | 2m 6s
A snapshot of each year from 1970 to 1979.
S34 Ep5 | 3m 14s
The Iran hostage crisis through the stories of those whose ordeal riveted the world.
S34 Ep4 | 3m 58s
Word spreads of a bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
S34 Ep4 | 8m 50s
Watch a preview of Plague at the Golden Gate.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
Ng Poon Chew was a writer, a publisher and an advocate for Chinese American civil rights.
S34 Ep4 | 5m 36s
On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
In 1901, Rupert Blue launched a health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague.
S34 Ep4 | 1m 41s
The war against rats helped end the bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
Dr. Joseph Kinyoun was a leader in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.
S34 Ep4 | 1m 46s
How the bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco.
S34 Ep3 | 10m 34s
Watch a preview of Flood in the Desert.