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 Cpl. Ben Canfield, USA (13 episodes, 1961)
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 Cpl. Jeff Canfield, CSA (11 episodes, 1961)
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Inspired by James Warner Bellah's "The Valiant Virginians," a 1953 book that had previously been serialized in "The Saturday Evening Post," this series focuses on the impact war has on the young men fighting it. Bellah's stories were about the smaller incidents that impacted the regular soldier, not just the officers, and "The Americans" reflected this sensibility. Written by rtvf

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23 January 1961 (USA)  »

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The Americans a great show
9 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is great to see all the comments on The Americans. I was nine at the time it first aired in 1961. I had just moved to Virginia from Massachusetts and was thoroughly engrossed in learning about the war. This show really created a lasting passion for history. I got my first book on the war, Divided We Fought, shortly after the show came on. Also I started visiting battlefield sites all over Virginia. Later we went to Maryland and Pennsylvania to see Antietam and Gettysburg. I went on to earn MA and BA degrees in American History. I worked in museum programming and administration for 33 years. I now have nearly 300 volumes on the Civil War in my home library. Good TV can be a positive influence.


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