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American Experience 2011

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011



Television's most-watched history series returns this winter with a brand new season. Airing Mondays at 8:00 p.m., American Experience continues its tradition of bringing to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present. Highlights include:

  • Jan. 3—Robert E. Lee examines the life and reputation of the man whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.

  • Jan.10—U.S. Grant: Warrior paints a revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders, from his first days on the Ohio frontier to the darkest days of the Civil War.

  • Jan. 17—Dinosaur Wars studies the two paleontologists who put American science on the world stage in the late 1800s, but whose professional rivalry left both men alone and almost penniless.

  • Jan. 24—Panama Canal unravels the story of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements using an extraordinary archive of photographs, footage and interviews.

  • Jan. 31—The Greely Expedition reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.

  • Feb. 28—Triangle Fire examines the worst workplace disaster in New York City prior to 9/11 and how the ensuing public outrage forced much overdue workplace regulation.

Also this season, the series explores the American struggle for civil rights through three films: Stonewall Uprising, Soundtrack For a Revolution, and Stanley Nelson’s acclaimed Freedom Riders.






For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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