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American Experience
Simple Justice
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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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This special docudrama, based closely on Richard Kluger's book of the same name, recounts the legal struggle that culminated in the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling, "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka." The film begins in the 1930's as lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston trains a cadre of African-American lawyers to wipe out the legal basis for segregation. Houston did not live to see the victory--his most brilliant student, Thurgood Marshall, finished the work that Houston began. The cast includes Peter Francis James as Thurgood Marshall, James Avery as Charles Hamilton Houston, Giancarlo Esposito as Dr. Kenneth Clark, Pat Hingle as Chief Justice Earl Warren and George Grizzard as John W. Davis.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Simple Justice,” 10/24/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D002E2EB3F1646C9A44DDC9190C75529.
MLA: “American Experience; Simple Justice.” 10/24/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D002E2EB3F1646C9A44DDC9190C75529>.
APA: American Experience; Simple Justice. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D002E2EB3F1646C9A44DDC9190C75529
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