‘The Great War’ Encore Starts June 19 on NET

News Release Date: 
June 4, 2018

For Immediate Release

‘The Great War’ Encore Starts June 19 on NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 4, 2018) – “The Great War” will air in an encore presentation at 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, June 19 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations.

The three-part, six-hour television event continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through July 3 on NET.

Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the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 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film explores the stories of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others who participated in the war to make the world safe for democracy.

The documentary also explores how a brilliant public relations 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.

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.

“World War I was the soil from which so many things today really grew, starting with America’s place in the world,” said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels. “Before the war, America was isolated and uninvolved in world affairs. After the war, America stepped onto the world stage.”

For 28 years, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television’s most-watched history series.  On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Visit pbs.org/americanexperience to learn more.

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