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American Experience

Chapter 1 | The Vote, Part 1

American Experience

Chapter 1 | The Vote, Part 1

10m 3s

The hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.

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Elizebeth Smith Friedman was an American codebreaker from Indiana. During Prohibition, her decrypts and testimony brought down international drug rings and liquor smugglers. Friedman’s codebreaking in WWII enabled the US to win the “Battle of the Atlantic” and smash Nazi spy rings.

Play Greenwood

In the early 1900s, a group of black businessmen purchased land in the northeast section of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They called their community Greenwood.

Play Chapter 1 | Goin' Back To T-Town

The story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation.

Play Trailer | The Vote, Part 2

Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategy and tactics, and reveals how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women's fight for the vote.

Play Chapter 1 | The Vote, Part 2

Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategy and tactics, and reveals how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women's fight for the vote.

Play The Race to Ratification

The women of New York came together like nowhere else to push for their state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment and win a pivotal victory in the long fight for women’s suffrage.

Play The Ongoing Fight

Black women have long been at the forefront of the right to vote. Today, 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment and 55 years after the Voting Rights Act, their fight continues.

Play The Early Suffragists

They were just some of the first generation of suffragists: Elizabeth C. Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Sarah Remond, Susan B. Anthony.

Play She Resisted

She Resisted explores the final decade of the women’s suffrage movement through its most powerful images, brought to life with color for the first time. Live through the epic 1913 Washington, D.C. procession, in which thousands of women took to the streets to demand their right to the franchise; thrill at Ida B. Wells’s successful voter registration drive; and admire suffragists’ commitment.

Play From Women’s Suffrage to the ERA

Virginia recently became the latest state to ratify a constitutional amendment that the country has been fighting about for nearly 100 years since it was first proposed by Alice Paul and other women's suffragists. Has the United States reached a tipping point in the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment?

Play Ida B Wells : The Advocate

Ida B. Wells, a prominent journalist exposed racial violence in the South and led a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1913 to march in the national suffrage parade.

Play Alice Paul: The Militant

While studying in London, Alice Paul joined the 'suffragettes'. In the summer of 1909, she and 111 other suffragettes were arrested. In jail, she declared herself a political prisoner, refused nourishment and was force fed twice daily — some fifty-five times.

Play Carrie Chapman Catt: The Politician

As president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Carrie Chapman Catt devised a diplomatic plan. They would continue state-by-state campaigns, but the goal was to amend the U.S. Constitution.

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Meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita spent ten months studying the outbreak’s aftermath in the most extensive aerial tornado study ever conducted, and through detailed mapping and leaps of scientific imagination, made a series of meteorological breakthroughs.

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