Ken Burns Classroom

Ken Burns Films

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.

Classroom wall of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont

The Address

Tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.

The 96th Pennsylvania, 1861

The Civil War

The entire sweep of the American Civil War, the complex causes, the battles, the generals and the private soldiers, the anguish of death in battle and the grief of families at home.

Courtroom rendering from the first Central Park Jogger trial

The Central Park Five

Tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.

Portrait of Mark Twain, 1907

Mark Twain

The story of Twain’s extraordinary life-full of rollicking adventure, stupendous success and crushing defeat, hilarious comedy and almost unbearable tragedy.

Map of Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson's drive across the United States

Horatio’s Drive

In the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled “horseless carriage.”

An abandoned farm north of Dalhart, Texas, 1938

The Dust Bowl

The film chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world.

Yosemite Valley in Winter

The National Parks

The story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

Theodore Roosevelt waves to the crowd.

The Roosevelts

Chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.

Black and white close-up of the face of the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself.

Portraits of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

Lewis & Clark

Tells the remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery.

The Anti-Saloon League paper, The American Issue


Tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

Jack Johnson boxing

Unforgivable Blackness

Jack Johnson — the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century.

Jackie Robinson gives an autograph before a game

Jackie Robinson

Tells the story of an American icon whose life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

Cal Ripken Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles makes a diving throw to first base.

Baseball: The Tenth Inning

Tells the tumultuous story of America’s national pastime from the early 1990s to the present day, introducing an unforgettable array of players, teams and fans, celebrating the game’s resilience and enduring appeal, and showcasing both extraordinary accomplishments.