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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 20, Episode 4 Kit Carson

First Aired: February 18, 2008

A profile of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson (1809-1868), who---among other achievements---helped map the Oregon Trail. At the same time, he's remembered for the scorched-earth campaign he led against New Mexico's Navajo people in order to force them on a 300-mile journey to the Bosque Resdondo reservation. Included: remarks from authors Hampton Sides ("Blood and Thunder") and Sally Denton ("Passion and Principle"), Western historian Paul Hutton and Navajo historian Harry Walters.

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