Ken Burns: America

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  • 1982
  • 1 Season

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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Lewis & Clark: Part 2
13. Lewis & Clark: Part 2
November 4, 1997
The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
12. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
November 4, 1997
The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.
Unforgivable Blackness: Part 2
11. Unforgivable Blackness: Part 2
January 17, 2005
"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: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
10. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
January 17, 2005
"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.
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
9. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
October 6, 2003
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."
Mark Twain: Part 2
8. Mark Twain: Part 2
January 14, 2002
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.
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
7. Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
January 29, 1992
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 Congress
6. The Congress
March 20, 1989
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
5. Thomas Hart Benton
November 1, 1989
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.
Huey Long
4. Huey Long
October 15, 1986
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.
The Shakers
3. The Shakers
August 7, 1985
They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers.
Statue of Liberty
2. Statue of Liberty
October 28, 1985
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.
Brooklyn Bridge
1. Brooklyn Bridge
May 24, 1982
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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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.Ken Burns: America is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on May 24, 1982.

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Ken Burns: America is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ken Burns: America on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    May 24, 1982