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American Experience; MacArthur


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American Experience
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1108, 1109

Series Description

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

Program Description

No soldier in modern history has been more admired -- or more reviled. Douglas MacArthur, liberator of the Philippines, shogun of Occupied Japan, brilliant victor of the Battle of Inchon, was an admired national hero when he was suddenly relieved of his command. A portrait of a complex, imposing and fascinating American general. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers. Produced, written, and directed by Austin Hoyt; Directed and coproduced by Sarah Holt. Music by Michael Bacon. Part 1 - "Destiny" General Douglas MacArthur had been America's most distinguished soldier when he resigned from the Army four years before World War II began. Recalled by FDR to fight the Japanese, he also battled imagined enemies in Washington, as he struggled to live up to the MacArthur family name. Part 2 - "The Politics of War" Throughout General Douglas MacArthur's last battles in World War II, his rehabilitation of Japan from ashes and his war against the North Koreans and Chinese was the constant din of another battle -- with Washington. It was one he finally lost.

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Chicago: “American Experience; MacArthur,” 02/02/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C75841760E0242CDAAC4CC7B0120C7C4.
MLA: “American Experience; MacArthur.” 02/02/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C75841760E0242CDAAC4CC7B0120C7C4>.
APA: American Experience; MacArthur. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C75841760E0242CDAAC4CC7B0120C7C4
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