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April 3, 2017 7:00pm–9:00pm

American Experience’s “The Great War” Preview and Discussion


555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, D.C. 20001

Join us for a special preview of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s upcoming miniseries, The Great War. A panel discussion with special guests from the film will follow the screening, including:

Stephen Ives, The Great War series producer

A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of Wilson

Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University and author of My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

Jennifer Keene, Chair of the Department of History at Chapman University and author of three books about World War I: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America, The United States and the First World War, and World War I

Jeffrey Sammons, Professor of History at New York University and co-author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality

Special remarks from:

Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO

Mark Samels, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer


Premiering APRIL 10, 11 and 12 at 9pm on WETA and PBS stations nationwide

Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, The Great War tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. The Great War also explores how a brilliant PR man bolstered support for the war in a country hesitant to put lives on the line for a foreign conflict; how President Woodrow Wilson steered the nation through almost three years of neutrality, only to reluctantly lead America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage; and how the ardent patriotism and determination to support America’s crusade for liberty abroad led to one of the most oppressive crackdowns on civil liberties at home in American history. It is also a story of little known heroism and sacrifice (including the deadliest battle in American history) that would leave more than 53,000 men dead on the battlefield and more than 60,000 dead from disease. American fatalities would come at a critical time in the war, but they would be dwarfed by a cataclysm of violence that would ultimately claim 15 million lives.


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