Monday, February 7 & 14 at 9:00 p.m.
When he left the White House in 1988, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century — and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-communism. One by one, his opponents underestimated him; one by one, Reagan surprised them, rising to become a president who always preferred to see America as a "shining city on a hill." A two-part AMERICAN EXPERIENCE special.
Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to his being elected President in 1976. The program examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s, and explores the role religion played in his career. Despite his political woes, he has redeemed himself as a champion of human rights throughout the world. The film features interviews with many close to the Carter administration, including his wife Rosalynn, son Chip, Press Secretary Jody Powell and Vice President Walter Mondale.
Monday, February 28 at 9:00 p.m.
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. The blaze ripped through the congested loft; huge piles of trimmings fed the flames. Petrified workers desperately tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the ninth floor locked and the woefully inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers arrived just in time to see young men and women jumping from the windows. By the time the fire had burned itself out, 146 people were dead. Less than two years earlier, the workers of the factory had been leaders in an industry-wide strike to protest dismal wages and dangerous working conditions.
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