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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 5, Episode 3 The Donner Party

First Aired: October 28, 1992

Recalling the Donner Party, some of whose members turned to cannibalism when they were stranded in the Sierra Nevada in 1846. Included: letters from members of the trapped Reed family.