American Experience: Season 24 (2012)

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Air date: Jan 17, 2012

A profile of Gen. George Armstrong Custer (1839-76), nicknamed "the boy general" for his Civil War exploits, who died with many other members of the 7th Cavalry while battling the Cheyenne and Lakota along the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. The documentary details his time at West Point, where he became infamous for his rebellious nature; his relationship with his wife Libbie; his year-long suspension from the service; and the campaign against the Cheyenne that led to his death.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2012

Part 1 of a two-part profile of former president Bill Clinton charts his path from Hope, Ark., to Washington, D.C., ending midway through his first term when the GOP, led by Newt Gingrich, took control of the House of Representatives and Senate. The documentary details the scandals and setbacks that Clinton weathered to that point; and features remarks from such Clinton associates as Harold Ickes, Dick Morris, Mike McCurry, Dee Dee Myers, Robert Reich and Betsey Wright.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2012

Explore the history of an American president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history.

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Air date: May 1, 2012

Andre Braugher narrates a profile of Jesse Owens (1913-80), the legendary track athlete who upended Adolf Hitler's goal of using the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a showcase for the superiority of Aryan athletes by winning four gold medals.Following the games, Owens was stripped of his amateur standing for skipping an Amateur Athletic Union tour of Europe and returning home (he missed his wife; and also hoped to cash in on his celebrity). Included: insights from Owens' daughters Beverly and Marlene.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2012

This installment examines how the Civil War death toll, which is estimated to have been 750,000 people (2.5 percent of the nation's population at the time), affected the nation's psyche. Based on Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust's book This Republic of Suffering, the documentary includes remarks from her and fellow historians David W. Blight, Vincent Brown, J. David Hacker, and Mark S. Schantz poet Thomas Lynch, Adm. Mike Mullen (USN Ret.), a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and George Will.

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