Season 17, Episode 8 The Massie Affair

First Aired: April 18, 2005

“The Massie Affair” chronicles a 1931 Honolulu rape case involving a young white Navy wife that became even more serious when one of the acquitted Hawaiian defendants was later kidnapped and murdered. Although marital discord and social “honor” play into the story, it's mostly about stark racial injustice that touched even the White House. It uncovers, says narrator Blair Brown, “cold, hard truths about America and the people who ruled it.”

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
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  • Premise: 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)

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