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American Experience Season 10 Episodes

19 Episodes 1997 - 1998

Episode 1

Truman

Sun, Oct 5, 1997 150 mins

A two-part study of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president. Part 1 covers his service during World War I; his accomplishments as a small-time Kansas City politician; his two terms as a Missouri senator. Narrated by Jason Robards.

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Episode 2

Truman

Mon, Oct 6, 1997 120 mins

The conclusion of a study of Harry S. Truman recalls his post-WWII economic policies; his 1948 presidential campaign; the Korean War; and his celebrated clash with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Narrator: Jason Robards.

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Episode 3

Vietnam: A Television History - Roots of War

Mon, Oct 13, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History" begins by tracing the "Roots of a War" to French colonialism.

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Episode 4

Vietnam: A Television History - America's Mandarin

Mon, Oct 13, 1997 60 mins

"America's Mandarin" looks at the start of America's involvement in Vietnam during the 1950s and '60s.

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Episode 5

Vietnam: A Television History - LBJ Goes to War

Mon, Oct 20, 1997 60 mins

"LBJ Goes to War (1964-65) examines the escalating American involvement following the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Interviewed: Gen. William Westmoreland (USA Ret.) and former Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

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Episode 6

Vietnam: A Television History - America Takes Charge

Mon, Oct 20, 1997 60 mins

In "America Takes Charge (1965-67)," GIs recall combat experiences during the years of U.S. military escalation. Also: a sequence in which Americans and Vietnamese describe the same operation.

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Episode 7

Vietnam: A Television History - America's Enemy

Mon, Oct 27, 1997 60 mins

As "Vietnam: A Television History" continues, "America's Enemy (1954-67)" examines the escalating war from the point of view of North Vietnamese leaders and their followers, beginning with the country's partition after the French defeat. Interviewed: former Premier Pham Van Dong.

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Episode 8

Vietnam: A Television History - Tet 1968

Mon, Oct 27, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History": TV-news footage graphically recalls "Tet 1968," the bold North Vietnamese and Vietcong offensive. The attacks gave the enemy a "brilliant political victory" in the U.S, says former Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

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Episode 9

Vietnam: A Television History - Vietnamizing the War

Tue, Dec 2, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History": The gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops and their replacement by the South Vietnamese are recalled in "Vietnamizing the War (1968-73)." But morale was low among Americans still in the country, and veterans interviewed recall racial divisions and the availability of drugs.

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Episode 10

Vietnam: A Television History - Cambodia and Laos

Tue, Dec 2, 1997 60 mins

America's involvement in—and secret bombing of—Cambodia and Laos are chronicled as "Vietnam: A Television History" continues. After the bombing halt in August 1973, the Communist Khmer Rouge advanced on the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, and finally, in April 1975, the city fell.

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Episode 11

Vietnam: A Television History - Peace Is at Hand

Tue, Dec 9, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History": "Peace Is at Hand (1968-73)" recalls the peace negotiations in Paris, including Henry Kissinger's "secret" talks with Le Duc Tho. As the talks dragged on, the U.S. stepped up air attacks.

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Episode 12

Vietnam: A Television History - Homefront USA

Tue, Dec 9, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History - Homefront U.S.A.," traces the widening rift between supporters and opponents of the war, from the first demonstrations in the mid-1960s to the May 1970 Kent State shootings.

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Episode 13

Vietnam: A Television History - End of the Tunnel

Tue, Dec 9, 1997 60 mins

"Vietnam: A Television History" concludes with "The End of the Tunnel," which recalls the 1973 Paris accords and the subsequent collapse of South Vietnam. Included: vivid footage of helicopter evacuations in Saigon during the final hours before the Communists took the city on April 30, 1975.

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Episode 14

A Midwife's Tale

Mon, Jan 19, 1998 90 mins

Chronicling the efforts of historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich to gather facts about early American life through the diaries of Maine resident and midwife Martha Ballard (1735?-1812). Included: dramatizations of some of the passages; and the use of town documents to supplement some of Ballard's accounts.

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Episode 15

Mr. Miami Beach

Mon, Feb 2, 1998 60 mins

Recalling the life of Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who "sold the glamour of Florida" and turned a swampland into Miami Beach. Included: how he developed the resort town using topsoil from the Everglades and sand from Biscayne Bay. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

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Episode 16

Influenza 1918

Mon, Feb 9, 1998 60 mins

Chronicling the epidemic of the Spanish flu in 1918, which claimed "more than 600,000 lives." Included: futile attempts to develop a vaccine; and how the virus spread to Europe. Narrated by Linda Hunt.

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Episode 17

Reagan

Mon, Feb 23, 1998 117 mins

The life and legacy of Ronald Reagan are examined in a two-part study, beginning with his impoverished childhood; his start as a radio sportscaster and career as an actor; his two terms as governor of California; and his 1980 election to the Presidency.

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Episode 18

Reagan

Mon, Feb 23, 1998 147 mins

The conclusion of a biography of Ronald Reagan focuses on the president's second term and includes his defense-spending policies and the Iran-Contra scandal.

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Episode 19

Surviving the Dust Bowl

Mon, Mar 2, 1998 60 mins

Children of 1930s Plains farmers recall the Dust Bowl, the eight-year drought that was made far worse by the 30 years of aggressive farming that preceded it.

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