American Experience (1988– )
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The Great War: Part 1 

Explore America's tortured, nearly three-year journey to war. In August 1914, a war unprecedented in size and violence broke out on the European continent. Ever the idealistic diplomat, ... See full summary »

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Stephen Ives

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Stephen Ives
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Episode credited cast:
Jennifer Lee Andrews Jennifer Lee Andrews ... (voice)
Blythe Danner ... (voice)
Brandon J. Dirden ... (voice)
Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton ... (voice)
Eric Loscheider ... (voice)
Oliver Platt ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Campbell Scott ... (voice)
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Explore America's tortured, nearly three-year journey to war. In August 1914, a war unprecedented in size and violence broke out on the European continent. Ever the idealistic diplomat, Wilson vowed to keep his country out of "the Great War." His neutrality was supported but reports from Europe began to challenge America's delicate position. From behind the battle lines came reports detailing German atrocities in Belgium and France: history's first chemical attack and the sinking of the British liner Lusitania, killing 128 Americans. But Wilson stood firm, asserting that America would not fight - this was not her war. Despite Wilson's pleas, American men and women, volunteered in the hospitals and on the fighting fields of France, and by 1916, there was a growing sense that the war was coming closer to home. On April 2, Wilson asked a joint session of Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, proclaiming that "the world must be made safe for democracy."

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10 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Insignia Films See more »
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I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier
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"I Think We've Got Another (And Wilson Is His Name) Washington"
Performed by The Peerless Quartet
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement With Sony Music Licensing
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Mostly a speach platform for special interest groups
11 June 2018 | by coryrooSee all my reviews

This is another documentary series that focuses primarily on "social inequality" during the years of the title subject. There is very little war footage, nor would I have known that this was a WW1 film were it not listed in the title. I think at one point the writers tried to slide in American slavery as if it had a roll in the first world war. just more socialist propaganda served on a government plate.


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