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American Experience; Ike


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American Experience
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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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Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, architect of D-Day, emerged from the war as the world's most beloved figure. As president, he balanced the budget, settled the conflict in Korea, and employed a "hidden hand" to help bring about the demise of Senator Joe McCarthy--all in his first term. But in his second term, Eisenhower's image became tarnished. The president was criticized for his indecision. His unwillingness to support school desegregation angered many and while Eisenhower wanted to be remembered as a peacemaker, the U-2 crisis would cost him his dream of lasting accord with the Soviets.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Ike,” 09/12/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FE437BD32D046BEA40EEA0C2FCD1A61.
MLA: “American Experience; Ike.” 09/12/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FE437BD32D046BEA40EEA0C2FCD1A61>.
APA: American Experience; Ike. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FE437BD32D046BEA40EEA0C2FCD1A61
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