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The Presidents: The Two-Party System and Political Participation |...
Harvard historian Thomas Patterson looks at political participation and America's two-party system in presidential elections.
The Presidents: The Debates | American Experience
George Mason University professor Rick Shenkman looks at presidential debates and their impact upon elections.
The Presidents: The Conventions | American Experience
NPR news analyst Daniel Schorr and American University historian Allan Lichtman discuss the role of the party conventions in 2008.
The Presidents: The Democratic Party and Expanding Opportunity |...
Harvard University sociologist Orlando Patterson places Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of Democratic Party history.
Riding the Rails | American Experience
At the height of the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers were living on the road in America.
The Presidents: American Conservativism | American Experience
Historian Dan Carter places John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of the American conservative movement.
The Presidents: The Economy | American Experience
MIT historian Meg Jacobs examines the impact of economic issues during election years.
Truman | American Experience
After eighty-two days as Vice-President, Harry Truman became the thirty-third President of the United States.
FDR | American Experience
In March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office and gave hope to a nation in crisis.
George H.W. Bush: At Kennebunkport | American Experience
Filmmakers Austin Hoyt and Callie Taintor Wiser discuss the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The Presidents: First Ladies | American Experience
John Jay College historian Blanche Wiesen Cook looks back at Eleanor Roosevelt and discusses the role of the First Lady.
Roberto Clemente: Legacy | American Experience
New York Yankees pitcher LaTroy Hawkins discusses the legacy of Roberto Clemente.
Roberto Clemente: Filmmaker Interview | American Experience
Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz discusses his biography of baseball's first Latino superstar.
Walt Whitman | American Experience
Contemporary writers and poets read excerpts from Walt Whitman's signature work, Leaves of Grass.
The Presidents: Foreign Policy Leadership | American Experience
International relations professor Ernest May from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and history professor Kristin Hoganson from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign describe foreign policy, presidential leadership, and elections.
Minik, The Lost Eskimo | American Experience
When Arctic explorer Robert Peary returned from Greenland in 1897, he brought with him a seven-year-old boy named Minik.
The Presidents: Critical Elections | American Experience
Georgetown University historian Michael Kazin looks back at the 1968 presidential campaign and discusses the theory of "critical elections."
The Fight | American Experience
In the 1930s, Joe Louis crossed boxing's color line to become the most famous and influential black person in America.
Buffalo Bill | American Experience
As the American frontier was disappearing, William Cody transformed himself into a master showman named Buffalo Bill.
Kit Carson | American Experience
The legendary trapper, scout and soldier was fluent in Spanish and five Indian languages. When the West was a mystery to most Americans, Kit Carson mastered it.
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