American Experience

American Experience

Episode One explores America's tortured, nearly three-year journey to war.

In August 1914, a war unprecedented in size and violence broke out on the European continent. Three thousand miles away, President Woodrow Wilson sat at his wife's bedside as she lay dying. Heartbroken and distracted, but ever the idealistic diplomat, Wilson vowed to keep his country out of "the Great War."

As death tolls mounted in Europe that summer, fall and winter, Wilson's neutrality was widely supported...
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Sunday, July 16 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

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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.