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American Experience; War Letters


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American Experience
War Letters
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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 newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, "War Letters" brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the sender was killed and heartbreaking "Dear John" letters from home. The program was inspired by "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence From American Wars," edited by Andrew Carroll. Letters read by: Joan Allen, Jordan Bridges, Chris Gehrman, Michael Hagiwara, Esai Morales, Gerald McRaney, Edward Norton, Bill Paxton, David Hyde Pierce, Giovanni Ribisi, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Spacey, Eric Stoltz, Lawrence Turner, Courtney B. Vance



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Chicago: “American Experience; War Letters,” 09/21/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FE07CA9B24D8457B81B495B59A2DEBB1.
MLA: “American Experience; War Letters.” 09/21/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FE07CA9B24D8457B81B495B59A2DEBB1>.
APA: American Experience; War Letters. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FE07CA9B24D8457B81B495B59A2DEBB1
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