American Experience

Coming in Fall 2016

Preview: Season 29 | 2m 37s

American Experience premieres two new documentaries coming to PBS this fall: Tesla on October 18 and The Battle of Chosin on November 1. Looking ahead to April 2017, we take a sneak peek at The Great War.

Aired: 10/17/16

Rating: NR

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The Chinese Six Companies

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The Chinese Six Companies

On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown as officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.

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