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American Experience
Woodrow Wilson
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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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In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson led a reluctant America out of decades of isolationism into a ghastly and frightening global conflict. And in doing so he helped define the US role on the world stage for the rest of the twentieth century. It was an unlikely job for a man who started his working life as a college professor and whose political interests lay in domestic reform. But once Wilson believed America had a responsibility to bring peace and democracy to the world, it was a mission he pursued tenaciously and one that would ultimately destroy him. His campaign to save humanity from future wars took a devastating toll on his health, and while Wilson’s closest advisors refused to publicly acknowledge his inability to perform the tasks of his office, his second wife effectively ran the country as president by proxy. Linda Hunt narrates. Chief historian: John Milton Cooper



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Chicago: “American Experience; Woodrow Wilson,” 11/16/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_456FB62F3BFA4EC3874668AF7C23B7C1.
MLA: “American Experience; Woodrow Wilson.” 11/16/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_456FB62F3BFA4EC3874668AF7C23B7C1>.
APA: American Experience; Woodrow Wilson. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_456FB62F3BFA4EC3874668AF7C23B7C1
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