American Experience1988 | TV Show

Cast & Crew  |  Episode Guide

This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

User Rating: (31 ratings)

Your Rating:

Season 15, Episode 3 Chicago: City of the Century - Mud Hole to Metropolis

First Aired: January 13, 2003

"Chicago: City of the Century," a three-part history of the metropolis based on historian Donald L. Miller's book "City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America." Part 1 begins with the arrival of French explorers Marquette and Joliet in 1673, and follows the digging of canals, and the arrival of railroads and industry. It ends with the Great Fire of 1871, which interrupted the city's explosive 19th-century growth only momentarily.

Previous Episode

Jimmy Carter: Hostage

Season 15, Episode 2

November 12, 2002

Next Episode

Chicago: City of the Century - The Revolution Has Begun

Season 15, Episode 4

January 14, 2003

Shop