History

History programs on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below.

Featured Programming

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - 4:00pm
American Masters presents an unvarnished look at the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. 
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 5:00pm
Theirs was a rivalry that would draw in two nations inching closer to war, and take the measure of two men — German Max Schmeling and American Joe Louis, who had been fighting all their lives.

History

Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. WXXI in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Greater Rochester is featuring stories from local members of the community that provide examples of culture, heritage, history and contributions to our region and nation.
"Tom's War," the newest animated short from StoryCorps, brings a new dimension to our current remembrance of Vietnam. See this animated short on-demand
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Watch On-Demand & Access the Teacher Guide to the documentary. 
Examine the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history. Watch On-Demand
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
PBS continues to provide programming on-air and on-demand regarding race, racism as resources for everyone to educate themselves and continue the conversation on all the ways that inequality in America shows up in everyday life.
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on public housing and civil rights. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, and provides resources to understand housing policy and racism.  
WXXI Education staff collected resources from PBS LearningMedia to support educators and families while discussing the following topics: race, racism, protesting, civil rights, Black history and historical individuals, bias, past and current events, and more. 
WXXI Education staff collected the following resources to support families and educators of young children as they talk, watch, read, and learn about race and racism.
A collection of films by and about individuals regarding race across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
A collection of films by and about individuals amplifying and affirming black voices across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
A collection of films by and about individuals amplifying and affirming Asian American Pacific Islander voices across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
A 3 episode digital series on Asian America history produced in partnership by the Center for Asian American Media and PBS Digital Studios. A People’s History of Asian America tells the history of Asian Americans through the microaggressions and stereotypes this community faces. 
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 On-Demand: This film, tells the dramatic story of the epic — and surprisingly unfamiliar — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote.
 Resources from the PBS Latino-Americans, a three-part documentary series chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. Watch Online in English or Spanish
 PBS LearningMedia Collection for PBS Latino-Americans series includes lesson plans for exploring the series, chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. 
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand
A collection of West Pointers poignantly share, sometimes with great emotion, their first-hand stories about the carnage of war, the war's impact on their lives and beliefs, and their enduring bonds of brotherhood.

Recently Aired

Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 4:00pm
This two-part series on the life of Jackie Robinson concludes.
Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 8:00pm
Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds?
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 8:00pm
Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact by exploring unknown cognitive worlds through his patients and communicating the conditions as a storyteller to the world.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 9:00pm
Before the occupation of the refuge in Oregon, before the siege at Waco, before Oklahoma City, there was Ruby Ridge.
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