Ken Burns: American Lives

  • 1997
  • 1 Season
  • TV-PG

Biographies of American pioneers are presented.

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Season 1, Episode 2 Thomas Jefferson

First Aired: February 18, 1997

A biography of Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence. Included: Jefferson's early life; a review of his presidency and his life after politics; his relationship with slave Sally Hemmings.

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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