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Our American Family - Five Show Mini-Series
Experience 1900-1950 through the extraordinary lives of five American families as diverse as America itself. Not only do you learn of the personal impact of headline stories including the Depression and WWII, these families invite us into the details of everyday life--the traditions, the hardships, the simple joys. Travel to a New Mexico coal mining town, an Arizona internment camp, the cotton fields of northern Mississippi, the highways and byways of Delaware and a dirt-scratch farm in central Texas. Our American Family--oral histories beautifully depicted to make the past come alive.
OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE YOUNGS
Darwyn Young, his wife Pauline and their eight children who labored as tenant farmers while nurturing a dream of one day owning their own land.
OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE SMITHS
After her husband’s death, Rena Smith of Goldthwaite, Texas struggles to raise her seven children alone.
OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE BARRERAS
This story takes us from the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, providing a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family.
OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE FURUTAS
Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, California established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII.
OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE CLARKS
This story traces the lives of this African American family with seven chidren as they employ humor, resourcefulness and respect for all to move through the Great Depression,
WWII, and racial tension.
Our American Family's first five documentaries have aired over 6,000 times nationwide on local public television stations.