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American Experience

Trailer | Riveted: The History of Jeans

Discover the fascinating story of this iconic American garment. From their roots in slavery to the Wild West, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop, jeans are the fabric on which the history of American ideology and politics is writ large.

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Riveted: The History of Jeans
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Riveted: The History of Jeans

Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
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William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood.
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Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience
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The life of William Randolph Hearst, who transformed the media’s role in American life.
Season 33 Episode 43