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American Experience; Carter Family, The: Will The Circle Be Unbroken


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American Experience
Carter Family, The: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
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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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This film profiles the lives of A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter, the "first family of country music," beginning with their childhood and following their story through 1943, when they stopped playing and recording together. Their music solaced a nation during the darkest days of the depression. The words to their songs captured the painful and moving stories of poor America's history and proved that simple songs about ordinary people are as timeless, moving and relevant as the most studied classics in history. The Carter Family's songs and style remain the most copied in American folk and country music, influencing artists across all genres, including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt and Sheryl Crow.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Carter Family, The: Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” 05/02/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 23, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197DE9D772874135B2FE1C6EC378DC29.
MLA: “American Experience; Carter Family, The: Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” 05/02/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 23, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197DE9D772874135B2FE1C6EC378DC29>.
APA: American Experience; Carter Family, The: Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197DE9D772874135B2FE1C6EC378DC29
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