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Ken Burns: America is a documentary series that showcases a number of different topics that deal specifically with the United States. Everything from research into specific events or past times to biographical profiles of legendary people is explored in some way. The series exposes a number of truths and myths surrounding these various historical and contemporary people through expert accounts and clever narration.

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1 Season, 13 Episodes
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  • "Unforgivable Blackness" tells the story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports, and his struggle to live his life as a free man.

  • "Unforgivable Blackness" tells the story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports, and his struggle to live his life as a free man.

  • In the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled "horseless carriage."

  • Samuel Clemens rose from a hardscrabble boyhood in the backwoods of Missouri to become, as Mark Twain, America's best known and best loved author.

  • For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success.

  • The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.

  • Thomas Hart Benton's paintings were energetic and uncompromising. Today his works are in museums, but Benton hung them in saloons for ordinary people to appreciate.

  • Louisiana's Huey Long rose to Governor and Senator on a platform of social reform, all the while using graft and corruption to get what he wanted.

  • They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers.

  • For over 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for countless immigrants. In this compelling and provocative story, Ken Burns explores the history of America's statue and the meaning of liberty.

  • In "Brooklyn Bridge", Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of the Brooklyn Bridge as it captures the imagination of Americans, and in the process has became a symbol of strength, vitality, ingenuity and promise.

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