American Experience Season 10
S10 E01Oct 6, 1997
Truman (1): An Accident of Democracy Oct 6, 1997 A 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.
S10 E02Oct 7, 1997
Truman (2): The Moon, the Stars and All the Planets Oct 7, 1997 Harry S. Truman recalls his post-WWII economic policies; his 1948 presidential campaign; the Korean War; and his celebrated clash with Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
S10 E03Oct 8, 1997
Truman (3): Hell Oct 8, 1997 Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.
S10 E04Oct 14, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (1): Roots of War Oct 14, 1997 "Vietnam: A Television History" begins by tracing the "Roots of a War" to French colonialism.
S10 E05Oct 14, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (2): America's Mandarin Oct 14, 1997 "America's Mandarin" looks at the start of America's involvement in Vietnam during the 1950s and '60s.
S10 E06Oct 21, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (3): LBJ Goes to War Oct 21, 1997 "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.
S10 E07Oct 21, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (4): America Takes Charge Oct 21, 1997 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.
S10 E08Oct 28, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (5): America's Enemy Oct 28, 1997 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.
S10 E09Apr 14, 1998
Vietnam: A Television History (6): Tet 1968 Apr 14, 1998 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.
S10 E10Apr 14, 1998
Vietnam: A Television History (8): Cambodia and Laos Apr 14, 1998 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.
S10 E11Oct 7, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (9): Peace Is at Hand Oct 7, 1997 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.
S10 E12Dec 10, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (10): Homefront USA Dec 10, 1997 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.
S10 E13Dec 10, 1997
Vietnam: A Television History (11): The End of the Tunnel Dec 10, 1997 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.
S10 E14Dec 17, 1997
A Midwife's Tale Dec 17, 1997 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.
S10 E15Jan 20, 1998
Mr. Miami Beach Jan 20, 1998 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.
S10 E16Feb 3, 1998
Influenza 1918 Feb 3, 1998 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.
S10 E17Feb 10, 1998
Reagan (1): Lifeguard Feb 10, 1998 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. Among those interviewed: Nancy Reagan and Ron Reagan Jr.
S10 E18Feb 24, 1998
Reagan (2): An American Crusade Feb 24, 1998 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.
S10 E19Feb 25, 1998
Surviving the Dust Bowl Feb 25, 1998 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. "A lot of people thought it was the end of the world," one survivor says.
S10 E20Mar 3, 1998
Riding the Rails Mar 3, 1998 During the Depression-era 1930's, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they found was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship and loneliness. The evocative stories of teen hoboes crisscrossing America during tough times.