American Experience (2021): S33E03 – The Blinding of Isaac Woodard


Introduction

American Experience, originally titled ‘The American Experience’, is an American television programme and a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary series created by Peter McGhee.

Outline

How a horrific incident of racial violence became a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver.

The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

The shocking incident made national headlines and, when the police chief was acquitted by an all-white jury, the blatant injustice would change the course of American history.

American Experience Series

You can find a full index and overview of the American Experience Series here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 30 March 2021
  • Running time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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