American Experience, The Great War
Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, April 11, through Thursday, April 13, at 3 a.m.
Also airs on Fusion on Saturdays, April 15-29, at 9 p.m.
Scheduled in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, “The Great War,” is a three-part, six-hour documentary featuring the voices of Campbell Scott, Blythe Danner, Courtney Vance and more.
Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
It is also a story of little-known heroism and sacrifice that would leave more than 53,000 men dead on the battlefield and more than 60,000 dead from disease. American fatalities would come at a critical time in the war, but they would be dwarfed by a cataclysm of violence that would ultimately claim 15 million lives.
Explore America’s tortured, nearly three-year journey to entering World War I, from 1914 to 1916.
Chart America’s entry into the conflict, examining the breathtaking speed of mobilization and the profound transformations required if America was to play a central role.
This episode opens in the fall of 1918, on the eve of the bloodiest battle in American history—the Meuse-Argonne in northeastern France. It charts the ways in which that climactic struggle, and the ensuing peace, forever changed a president and a nation.
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