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Malcolm X at Queens Court in 1964

Postwar United States (1945-1970s)

The end of World War II in 1945 would usher a period of economic growth and stability in the United States that led to the establishment of a vibrant middle class.

Farmer and his sons and their farm house during a dust storm

The Great Depression and WWII (1929-1945)

Nothing could have prepared the country for the hardship it would face during the stock market crash of 1929, the man-made agricultural catastrophe of the Dust Bowl, and the economic collapse that shaped the 1930s.

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1st Cavalry Division on patrol

The Vietnam War

Tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.

human prostate cancer cells

Emperor of All Maladies

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception.

Soldiers raising the American flag

The War

Honors the experiences of those who lived through the greatest cataclysm in human history by providing the opportunity for them to bear witness to their own history.