A collection of programmes from the BBC archives exploring art, technology, politics and society in the United States of America. Available online to watch in full.
Documentary film maker Adam Curtis argues that these programmes show an American dream of complete personal freedom shadowed by a dark and frightening tale of power and exploitation. Read more
Alistair Cooke recounts his personal experiences of time spent in America. (1972)
Stephen Smith re-envisions the story of 20th-century American culture through the diner.
Chelsea Hotel in New York, a haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent. (1981)
Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004).
The life of Woody Guthrie, travelling American singer-songwriter. (1988)
Profiling American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. (1999).
Alexis Korner delves into the world of American Blues music. (1979)
Alexis Korner delves further into the soulful world of traditional Blues music. (1979)
Alexis Korner discovers that Blues music expresses a deep symbolic message. (1979)
Alexis Korner looks at contemporary Chicago Blues music. (1979)
Dr Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights leader, interviewed by John Freeman. (1961)
American advertising execs like Steve Frankfurt spend vast amounts on the industry. (1965)
Jeremy Isaacs talks to the American writer Maya Angelou about her life. (1994)
Profile of Studs Terkel, the acclaimed Chicagoan broadcaster. (1985)
Imagining how California's technology industry will evolve by the year 2000. (1966)
The construction of the New York's Empire State, once the world's tallest building. (2001)
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