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In the early years of TV, from its invention in the 1920s until the mid-'60s, most shows were broadcast in black and white before color TV gained in popularity and become economically viable for broadcasters. That means many historic pieces of video -- including rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Nixon-Kennedy debate -- have all been relegated to being viewed in the colorless format. "America in Color" looks to change that by restoring and colorizing archival footage from the early 20th century through the '60s. Producers meticulously researched the original colors to make sure the tones are correct when they use revolutionary methods to add the proper hues to footage that looks different than when people have seen it previously. Each episode of the hourlong series highlights newly restored footage from a specific decade in the history of the medium. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates the five-part series.

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Racial unrest divides the nation; Russia has a nuclear bomb; the Cold War; the brutal murder of 14-year-old black Chicagoan Emmett Till.
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Rare archival films, iconic news footage and home movies during a decade of revolution; the first televised Presidential debate.
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Colorized home movies from the early 20th Century reveal day-to-day life in small towns across the country.
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Colorized footage reveals America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas.
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Archival footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism helped build the richest economy in the world.
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The legend of the American West as a feral and untamed land is a potent myth; from the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral to iconic showman Buffalo Bill, the spirit of the Wild West persists even as the dynamic region paves the way for modern-day America.
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Known as America's last frontier, colorized film shows the Alaskan wilderness before and during the gold rush of 1896.
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A look at the Hindenberg crash, the San Francisco earthquake and other disasters of the early 20th century through colorized home movies and archival footage.
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Rare footage tracks different immigrant families searching for the American dream, including Albert Einstein in Germany, a Russian-Jewish family in Maine, a Mexican-American family in Texas, and a child of Italian immigrants, Frank Sinatra.
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Hollywood becomes one of the world's leading multi-billion dollar industries, cornering the market on glitz, glamour and fame; studio moguls control the business while stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford become global icons.
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A handful of wealthy, powerful and interconnected families emerge to dominate the nation; from the Rockefellers to the Vanderbilts, these dynasties capture the imagination, adoration and even revulsion of the American people.
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In the early 20th century, new leisure and recreation opportunities transform American lives; includes color footage of early amusement parks, campgrounds and sports arenas.
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Between 1919 and 1963, criminals build a vast empire; starting with fixing the World Series and supplying bootleg liquor, powerful figures shape crime into an organized business that exploits political corruption and reaches across the country.
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Throughout the first half of the 20th century, industrialists and inventors revolutionize every aspect of American life; the stories of the Ford, Firestone and Edison families become intertwined in a way that drives America's transformation.
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America as the leader of the free world; Pearl Harbor; a new era of consumerism; the birth of suburbia.
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The Great Depression dominates the decade; Franklin Roosevelt's Presidency; the White House fire of 1930; home movies filmed by Lou Hoover.
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America undergoes it's greatest period of change and unprecedented growth; the 1920 Wall Street bombing; the Greenwood massacre.

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