Summary of American Experience: New York Season 1, Ep. 3 “New York: Sunshine and Shadow (1865-1898)”
The third episode of the seven-part documentary about the history of New York, takes the viewer to the second part of the 19th century, a period rich in radical changes that affected the lives of its ever-growing population. The documentary starts right after the end of the American Civil War and ends two years before the beginning of the 20th century. It follows a chronological approach, beginning from the events of 1865 and moving towards narrating the major events and the lives of important personalities that shaped the city’s history.
The documentary begins by telling the story of