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America in Color, a five-part series from Smithsonian Channel, presents many iconic moments in U.S. history as never before seen - using artistry and cutting-edge technology to transform black-and-white films and photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. Decade by decade, the story of America, its people and its culture are given new life and shown in vibrant color for the first time.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
2 Seasons, 11 Episodes
July 2, 2017
Documentary, History
Cast: Liev Schreiber
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America in Color Full Episode Guide

  • The movie industry was born in West Orange, NJ in 1893 by Thomas Edison. Within thirty years, Hollywood grew into America's fourth largest, and by far the most glamorous, industry. Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood, when actors became global celebrities, moguls became millionaires, and the entire nation became movie crazy. Using digitally remastered news footage, rare studio archives, and home movie footage, look back on the dawn and meteoric rise of Tinseltown in color.

  • American royalty: a potent combination of popularity, glamour, money, and power. In the early 20th century, the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts build empires and spend fortunes. The Roosevelts and Kennedys spawn political dynasties. And news magnate William Randolph Hearst records it all, using film to cash in on the glitzy lives of the rich and famous. Now, through rare archival footage and home movies, get a colorful inside look at these storied families working hard and playing hard.

  • It's the 1920s. America is on the rise, and so is a dark underworld run by a new kind of criminal, one that is organized, sophisticated, and ruthless. For the next 40 years, legendary gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello build vast empires thanks to bootlegging, illegal gambling, and shady alliances with politicians. From the Black Sox Scandal to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, follow the violent rise and fall of organized crime, presented in color for the first time through remastered archival footage and never-before-broadcast home movies.

  • A rising generation of industrialists and inventors transforms the United States and impacts the global landscape.

  • The American West is both a physical place and a potent myth.

  • The 1960s: Revisit America during the turbulent 1960s, as we bring the dawn of modern America to colorful life. See rare archival films, iconic news footage, and home movies from a decade of revolution. Included: the first televised Presidential debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the first man on the Moon.

  • Witness the highs and lows of 1950s America, from consumerism to McCarthyism and beyond, in color. Included: racial unrest dividing the nation; Russia having a nuclear bomb; the Cold War; the brutal murder of 14-year-old black Chicagoan Emmett Till.

  • See rare color footage of Pearl Harbor, internment camps, the Manhattan Project, America as the leader of the free world, a new era of consumerism, the birth of suburbia, and other seminal moments of the 1940s.

  • The Great Depression dominates the decade; Franklin Roosevelt's Presidency; the White House fire of 1930; home movies filmed by Lou Hoover. Witness the most significant moments of the 1930s, in color, through rarely seen archival footage and home movies.

  • America undergoes it's greatest period of change and unprecedented growth; the 1920 Wall Street bombing in New York; the Greenwood massacre in Oklahoma. Watch the Model T roll, the Jazz Age erupt, and the stock market crash, like it has never been seen before--in color.

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