Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:00pm

Signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Credit: Courtesy of LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton

Follow prominent and ordinary Americans whose actions began to turn the country onto a new course. 

It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the Kennedy assassination. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: 1964, airing Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows some of the most prominent figures of the time — Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan — and brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions and anxieties began to turn the country onto a new and different course.