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American Experience; Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance

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American Experience
Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance
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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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The shock of what happened on December 7, 1941 has made Pearl Harbor a synonym for deceit and unpreparedness. But a truer examination of events shows the attack should have been foreseen. The story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor abounds with the mysterious, the surprising and the surreal. This 90-minute program examines one of the most traumatic events in American history by using interviews, never-before-aired Japanese and American archival footage, as well as home movies, propaganda films, feature films and even cartoons.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A32C08B08B43E7A12235793F82247B.
MLA: “American Experience; Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A32C08B08B43E7A12235793F82247B>.
APA: American Experience; Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A32C08B08B43E7A12235793F82247B
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