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American Experience; Murder of the Century

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American Experience
Murder of the Century
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Premiered October 1988 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. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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At the turn of the century, Stanford White, considered New York City's leading architect and man-about-town was shot to death by Harry Thaw -- an eccentric heir to a Pittsburgh fortune. White's death was the final act in a long struggle between two famous men over Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit. The murder received unparalleled attention. This special examines the opulent world of New York society just after the turn of the century; conflicts over morality between the rich and the middle class; and the rise of the "yellow" press that encouraged and fed the public's "unhealthy fascination with the degeneracy of the so-called higher classes."



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