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American Experience; G-Men - The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover


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American Experience
G-Men - The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover
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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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During the Depression, the success or failure of the government in fighting crime took on mythical proportions. Every major crime and successful gangster seemed to test whether the nation would survive. The crime problem was frightening and real, however exaggerated by the FBI. Dillinger, Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and Baby Face Nelson were among the public enemies. J. Edgar Hoover's G(overnment) men were the public heroes. Hoover was master of manipulating the myth and reality about himself and the bureau. His celebrity and the public support became the basis for almost unprecedented power. This program tracks their exploits during the years 1930 to 1939.



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Chicago: “American Experience; G-Men - The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover,” 10/09/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EC042A406774EA09D21A1C66F966857.
MLA: “American Experience; G-Men - The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover.” 10/09/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EC042A406774EA09D21A1C66F966857>.
APA: American Experience; G-Men - The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EC042A406774EA09D21A1C66F966857
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