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American Experience
Wyatt Earp
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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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He has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows by some of Hollywood's greatest actors, including Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and, more recently, Kevin Costner, but these popular fictions belie the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity on the American frontier. As a young man, Wyatt Earp was a caricature of the Western lawman, spending his days drinking in saloons, gambling, visiting brothels and gaining notoriety as the legendary gunman in the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Shortly after his death in 1929, distressed Americans down on their luck transformed Wyatt Earp into a folk hero: a central figure in the American narrative of how the West was won, a man who took control of his own destiny.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Wyatt Earp,” 12/08/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A79CCFC45E354CE2A310FEE87440FDA9.
MLA: “American Experience; Wyatt Earp.” 12/08/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A79CCFC45E354CE2A310FEE87440FDA9>.
APA: American Experience; Wyatt Earp. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A79CCFC45E354CE2A310FEE87440FDA9
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