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American Experience; Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish


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American Experience
Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish
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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 program profiles Knute Rockne, the man whose death in a plane crash in 1931, at the age of 43, was described by the president of the United States as "a national loss." Football coach at the University of Notre Dame, Rockne galvanized attention to his "Fighting Irish" and became a pivotal figure in the rise of football. The film uses the life and death of one man to explore the mythology of sports in American life.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish,” 08/21/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B951DE5F8FE4C8B9FECD8BC6E3CE261.
MLA: “American Experience; Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish.” 08/21/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B951DE5F8FE4C8B9FECD8BC6E3CE261>.
APA: American Experience; Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B951DE5F8FE4C8B9FECD8BC6E3CE261
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