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American Experience, The Presidents

Presents Extraordinary Women in History

   
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Tuesday, May 7, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, May 8, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America’s earliest celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination, but also for her striking looks and outspoken personality.

Earhart even had an uncanny resemblance to Charles Lindbergh—the most famous man in America at the time—earning her the nickname “Lady Lindy.” Three weeks short of her 40th birthday, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, and her story became legend.

   

   

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Tuesday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, May 15, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

She was the toast of New York, Victorian London, Paris and eventually the world. She was “adopted” by Indian Chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia, and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria.

Annie Oakley excelled in a man’s world by doing what she loved and won fame and fortune as the little lady from western Ohio who never missed a shot. This is the story of a five-foot, 100-pound sharp shooter who pulled herself out of the depths of poverty to become an iconic performer known the world over as a symbol of the Wild West.

   

   
Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman

Tuesday, May 21, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, May 22, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, May 25, at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m.

For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on government, big business and war. To the tabloids, she was “Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists,” but many admired Goldman for her defense of labor rights, women’s emancipation, birth control and free speech.

Goldman’s life was indelibly marked by two violent acts: the attempted assassination of anti-union industrialist Henry Clay Frick by her comrade and lover Alexander Berkman (he spent 14 years in prison for the crime) and the 1901 slaying of President William McKinley by Leon Czolgosz, a young anarchist who claimed he had been “set on fire” by Goldman’s exhortations to political assassination and martyrdom. McKinley’s assassination led to widespread condemnation of Goldman and other anarchists.

   

   
Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Airs on Fusion on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m.

When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and provoked vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. However, it also inspired President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides—an investigation that eventually would result in new laws designed to protect and preserve the environment.

   

   

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