American Experience: Oklahoma City
Catalogue Number: 041870
Producer: PBS Video
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Violence
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 60
Closed Captions: Yes
Oklahoma City explores the intertwined narratives of the worst domestic terrorist attack in the U.S. and the anti-government movement that inspired the actions of Timothy McVeigh, including two standoffs with law enforcement with tragic outcomes - Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
On April 19, 1995, McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right, set off a truck bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and injuring 675 others. Oklahoma City traces the events that led McVeigh to that day and recounts the stories of the survivors, first-responders, U.S. Marshals, FBI investigators and journalists who covered the events. The film provides an in-depth and provocative exploration of the white supremacist, extremist militia movement that rose to prominence in the early 1990s and still makes news today.
American Experience: Ruby RidgePBS Video 041869
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