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Ken Burns: American Lives 1997

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Ken Burns' American Lives is a collection of outstanding biographies and stories of some of America's most celebrated pioneers and historical figures. The collection includes biographies of Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Horatio Nelson Jackson, Lewis and Clark, and boxer Jack Johnson.

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Season 1
1. Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of women everywhere.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes Release date: November 7, 1999
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2. Not For Ourselves Alone: Part 2

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of women everywhere.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes Release date: November 7, 1999
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3. Thomas Jefferson: Part 1

Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, the most sacred document in American history, yet condemned as a lifelong owner of slaves, Thomas Jefferson remains the enigma that is America.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes Release date: February 18, 1997
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4. Thomas Jefferson: Part 2

Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, the most sacred document in American history, yet condemned as a lifelong owner of slaves, Thomas Jefferson remains the enigma that is America.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes Release date: February 18, 1997
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5. Frank Lloyd Wright: Part 1

He was a master builder, a rebel and a worshipper of nature. Frank Lloyd Wright left behind a legacy of beautiful homes and buildings, and changed America's approach to architecture forever.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes Release date: November 10, 1998
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6. Frank Lloyd Wright: Part 2

He was a master builder, a rebel and a worshipper of nature. Frank Lloyd Wright left behind a legacy of beautiful homes and buildings, and changed America's approach to architecture forever.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 13 minutes Release date: November 10, 1998
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7. Mark Twain: Part 1

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.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes Release date: January 14, 2002
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8. Mark Twain: Part 2

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.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes Release date: January 14, 2002
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9. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip

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."

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 34 minutes Release date: October 6, 2003
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10. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

"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.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 17, 2005
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11. Unforgivable Blackness: Part 2

"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.

TV-PGSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes Release date: January 17, 2005
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12. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

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.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes Release date: November 4, 1997
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13. Lewis & Clark: Part 2

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.

TV-GSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes Release date: November 4, 1997
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Genres Special Interest, Documentary
Season year 1997
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