American Experience: Season 10 (1997 - 1998)

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Air date: Oct 5, 1997

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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Air date: Oct 6, 1997

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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Air date: Oct 13, 1997

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

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Air date: Oct 13, 1997

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

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Air date: Oct 20, 1997

This video examines Lyndon Johnson's increased commitment to South Vietnam. With Ho Chi Minh on the verge of return and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, Johnson was determined to do what it took to prevent either thing from happening. Though war was still undeclared, L.B.J.'s massive buildup left little doubt that the U.S. was indeed at war. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history make it entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1997

This video further examines the massive buildup ordered by the Johnson administration. Within two years, 1.5 million Americans would be in Vietnam. This episode explores the events that led to that buildup and the political climate within the White House. Within these years, America began to realize something very serious was happening in a country that to this point, few had heard of. From this point on, it would be impossible to claim that the war with North Vietnam belonged to anyone but the U.S. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1997

This episode of The American Experience: Vietnam, introduces viewers to the other side of the war. Interviews with Vietcong guerillas and sympathizers, North Vietnamese leaders and people all give a different view than one usually considered. Interviews with American prisoners once held in Hanoi are also included. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1997

This video investigates the Tet Offensive of 1968. A military disaster for the North Vietnamese, Tet nonetheless came to be a turning point for the entire war, and in the long run, one of the primary reasons the U.S. eventually lost. Fighting within Saigon and the embassy compound is covered, as well as the ordeal of U.S. Marines in their efforts to recapture the Imperial City of Hue. Tet is a perfect example of how the U.S. won a decisive battle and still lost the war. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1997

This video chronicles the growing American disillusionment with a war many came to regard not only as morally bankrupt, but as a conflict the U.S. could not possibly win. The policies of Richard Nixon's administration are investigated, from troop pull-outs to stepped-up bombing and massive armament shipments to Saigon. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1997

This video explores the effects of the war on Vietnam's neighbors, Cambodia and Laos. As the conflict escalated, inevitably it spilled across the borders of both nations, leading to the outright invasion of Cambodia by the U.S. and postwar nightmares for both nations as they found themselves beneath the glare of rival superpowers. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.

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