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American Experience; Kit Carson


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American Experience
Kit Carson
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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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His exploits on the American frontier inspired dozens of dime novels, but the stories told in these wildly popular books belie the complexities of the real Kit Carson, whose life embodies the contradictions that is the story of the American West. An illiterate mountain man, he was fluent in Spanish and five Indian languages; he twice married Native American women, yet led a brutal war against the Navajo. When the West was a mystery to most Americans, Carson mastered it, and his expertise made him not only famous, but also sought after. Eventually, by helping to spur a migration that would change the West forever, he unwittingly became an agent in the destruction of the life he loved. Combining rich archival materials of the period with original recreations this program brings the legendary trapper, scout and soldier to vivid life, and provides a lens on a pivotal but little-understood era in American history.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Kit Carson,” 01/28/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A603750DC6F04A658F093C9189A61EB1.
MLA: “American Experience; Kit Carson.” 01/28/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A603750DC6F04A658F093C9189A61EB1>.
APA: American Experience; Kit Carson. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A603750DC6F04A658F093C9189A61EB1
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