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American Experience
Patriots Day
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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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Patriots Day -- It is 227 years since local American militias routed the British at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, but 65 men of his Majesty's 10th regiment and 67 American rebels are still fighting. This production takes a look at who they are and what has taken them on their personal journeys into the American past. The film follows the reenactors as they shuffle between their 18th and 21st century lives. It captures them building sets, planning military engagements, drilling, and rehearsing battles as well as celebrating Thanksgiving, moving house and working. In the end it shows that patriotism, a love of costumes, civic duty, an urge to perform and a passion for history all play a role in these recreators lives.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Patriots Day,” 02/06/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8BFCA27B377E4B148F969B855895E7D0.
MLA: “American Experience; Patriots Day.” 02/06/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8BFCA27B377E4B148F969B855895E7D0>.
APA: American Experience; Patriots Day. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8BFCA27B377E4B148F969B855895E7D0
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