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The Great War

Sunday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917, this six-hour documentary tells the rich and complex story of the conflict 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.

Watch a trailer of the series above, or watch the full episodes below.

The Great War: Part 1

American neutrality is eroded by reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks, leading Wilson to proclaim that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

The Great War: Part 2

As patriotism sweeps the nation—stifling free speech and dissent—a diverse group of men become the country’s first mass conscripted army.

The Great War: Part 3

As the war ends, America is forever transformed by the violent and bloody conflict. And while many herald the peace, others worry about democracy at home.

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