Season 23, Episode 8 The Great Famine

First Aired: April 11, 2011

U.S. efforts to help Soviet Russia survive a famine in the early 1920s are recalled. Herbert Hoover, then the American Relief Administration chairman and Commerce Secretary, championed the effort, which saw almost 300 relief workers head to Russia. The challenges they faced in moving food to people in need included an outmoded railroad system, harsh weather and Bolshevik suspicions of their motives. The documentary includes archival footage and photos, and remarks from survivors and historians.

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