“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE” EXPLORES THE TUMULTUOUS ERA THAT SET THE STAGE FOR MODERN AMERICA

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“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE”

EXPLORES THE TUMULTUOUS ERA THAT SET THE STAGE FOR MODERN AMERICA

 

PBS National Broadcast February 6

Available on DVD February 6 from PBS Distribution

Available on Digital HD February 7

 

Arlington, Va. – January 23, 2018 – PBS Distribution announced to that it is releasing “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE” on DVD and Digital HD. Thirty years after the Civil War, America had transformed itself into an economic powerhouse and was fast becoming the world’s leading producer of food, coal, oil and steel. But the transformation had created stark new divides in wealth, class and opportunity. By the end of the 19th century, the richest 4,000 families in the country — less than one percent of all Americans — possessed nearly as much wealth as the other 11.6 million families combined. The simultaneous growth of a lavish new elite and a struggling working class sparked passionate and violent debate over questions still being asked today: How is wealth best distributed, and by what process? Should the government concern itself with economic growth or economic justice? Are we two nations — one for the rich and one for the poor — or one nation where everyone has a chance to succeed?

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE” will be available on DVD February 6, 2018. The program has a run time of 120 minutes and has an SRP of $24.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

The Gilded Age, as it later came to be known, was dominated by larger-than-life men who wielded power across industrial and economic sectors. While the elite luxuriated in splendor, America’s cities were bursting with immigrants and former slaves looking for opportunity. A message resounded among the working class: Was America a land of opportunity or a closed system run by the few for their own gain? The program is a compelling portrait of an era of glittering wealth contrasted with extreme poverty.

 

About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

For 30 years, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television’s most-watched history series. Hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune) and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle), the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE also creates original digital content that uses new forms of storytelling to connect our collective past with the present. Visit pbs.org/americanexperience and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn more. 

Major funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional funding for “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE” is provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Strengthening America’s Future Through Education; The Documentary Investment Group: Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

 

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GILDED AGE

Street Date: February 6, 2018

Genre: Documentary

Run Time: 120 minutes on 1 disc

SRP: $24.99

Format: DVD and Digital HD