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Teaser | Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming A Space

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.

The influential author and anthropologist whose work reclaimed and honored Black life.
Interview with filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain about the ethnographic work of Hurston.
The influential author and anthropologist whose work reclaimed and honored Black life.
Corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Episodes
The Dust Bowl brought drought, dust, disease and death to the Midwest for nearly a decade.
The Codebreaker with Spanish subtitles.
The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.
Three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the State Department during Cold War.
Emmett Till's murder and the acquittal of his killers mobilized the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans, leaving a million people homeless
Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.
Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
In June 1943, Los Angeles erupted into the worst race riots in the city to date.
A thriving Black community in Tulsa, rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.
The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial
Extras
A glimpse into the anthropologist’s trailblazing practice, as described by Hurston herself
The prevalence and phasing of the Third Degree.
The story of the polygraph, the controversial device that transformed modern justice.
Watch a preview of The Lie Detector.
Watch a preview of Part Two of Taken Hostage.
Watch a preview of Part One of Taken Hostage.
Colonel James Q. Roberts recalls the details of the failed Iran Hostage rescue mission.
Watch the opening sequence of Taken Hostage.
Who's who of the Iran Hostage Crisis.
With the Iran hostage crisis, President Carter faced one of the biggest challenges.