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American Experience

The Great War, Part 2

Episode Two charts America’s entry into the conflict, examining the breathtaking speed of mobilization and the profound transformations required if America was to play a central role in the Great War.

In the spring of 1917, the United States was utterly unprepared for war. Its army ranked 17th in the world, behind Serbia’s. France and Britain were dubious about America’s might. At home, Congress and the American people remained deeply divided about going to war.

Wilson knew he needed...
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As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.