History

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

Featured Programming

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 2:00pm
Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
A new PBS series explores the impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:00pm
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Learn more from American Experience re-air of the program. 

History

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth. Watch On-Demand.
This film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words.
Outrage is pouring onto the streets over police brutality and the death of George Floyd. 
A collection of films by and about individuals in the Black community 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.
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.
In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history. Watch On-Demand through 9/7/2020
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Learn more from American Experience re-air of the program. 
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.  
Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. It is also among the most overlooked, misunderstood, and misrepresented.  This series tells the real story of Reconstruction, honoring the struggle of the African Americans who fought their way out of slavery and challenged the nation to live up to the founding ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality. Over a hundred and fifty years later, this struggle continues.
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.
Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
"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
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.
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
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.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 1:00pm
In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 3:00pm
Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. 
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:00pm
This two-part POV documentary series tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color who are transforming American politics from the ground up. 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 9:00pm
In this episode of the six part series Ken Burns investigates the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and others to preserve and protect pristine lands.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 8:00pm
American Masters brings you an artful and intimate meditation on the legendary Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
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