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American Experience
Two Days In October
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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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Based on the book They Marched Into Sunlight by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, Two Days in October tells the story of two turbulent days in October 1967 when history turned a corner. In Vietnam, a U.S. battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong trap. Sixty-one young men were killed and as many wounded. The ambush prompted some in power to wonder whether the war might be unwinnable. Half a world away, concerned students at the University of Wisconsin protested the presence of Dow Chemical recruiters on campus. The demonstration spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a student protest had turned violent. Cutting between the horrors of the jungle ambush and the passions of the anti-war protest, the film provides a dramatic account of the brutality of the war for the soldier on the ground and a vivid portrayal of the 1960s protest movements. Told almost entirely by the people who took part in the harrowing events of those two days -- American soldiers, police officers, relatives of men killed in battle, protesting students, university administrators and Viet Cong fighters -- the film offers a window onto a moment that divided a nation and a war that continues to haunt us.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Two Days In October,” 08/18/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BE5EF530615C4017A4E6909D85AD04E4.
MLA: “American Experience; Two Days In October.” 08/18/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BE5EF530615C4017A4E6909D85AD04E4>.
APA: American Experience; Two Days In October. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BE5EF530615C4017A4E6909D85AD04E4
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