The Great War

The Great War

DVD - 2017
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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, it tells the rich and complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops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.'.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] :, PBS Distribution,, 2017
ISBN: 9781531701420
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.373 GRE
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (360 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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richmole
Mar 12, 2018

Almost put this set back on the shelf. "Oh. The AMERICAN side of WW I". America was only actually at the front for a few months. Then, I thought, "Hey, might learn something interesting..." Did I ever. Three discs worth.

Like most Canadians, I know WW I from the point of view of Canada and the UK. The actual fighting done by the U.S. "Doughboys" is almost an afterthought, here...and with good reason. What entering the war did to America itself is the real story.

It's easy to be stunned, outraged, perplexed by Trump Whitehouse. See this series and see what REAL White House and social idiocy was like between 1917 and 1918, and gasp in amazement. No lie: the President was--among other things--a racist. You think things are crazy NOW? Slide this into the DVD player and be shocked by the virtual suspension of (among other things) free speech in America. The hubris of President Woodrow Wilson was beyond imagining.

Want to talk about indoctrination and brainwashing? It happened in good ol' US of A, forget about those new "Commies" in Russia. What's happening today pales in comparison with the legal threats, coercion and social pressure brought to bear as America geared up for a war millions of Americans didn't want. Newspapers sold America the Spanish American War just 17 years before. The White House--the President himself--hired George Creel, an early PR professional. Creel, a former journalist admitted the rallying of America to enter WW I "was a vast enterprise in salesmanship."

Just...wow.

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