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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 14, Episode 4 Woodrow Wilson

First Aired: January 6, 2002

A two-part profile of Woodrow Wilson in which news clips, atmospheric re-creations and readings (Rene Auberjonois and Blair Brown provide the voices of Wilson and his first wife, Ellen) supplement interviews with historians. Part 1 takes Wilson (1856-1924) from his Georgia childhood to the outbreak of World War I---just as Ellen dies. “He's got to deal with the breakdown in the world,” historian John Milton Cooper says. “And he's got to deal with the breakdown in his personal life.” Linda Hunt narrates.

Guest Cast

Eric Stoltz Ray Baker
Rene Auberjonois Woodrow Wilson
Blair Brown Ellen Wilson
Laura Linney Nellie Wilson