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American Experience; Alone on the Ice


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American Experience
Alone on the Ice
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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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In June 1934, Richard Byrd lay alone in a small hut below the polar ice, hovering near death. No one before Byrd had ever experienced winter in the interior of the Antarctic. In an age of heroes, he was one of America's greatest. An explorer, aviation pioneer and scientist, Byrd was also an egotist, risk-taker, heavy drinker -- and, his critics claim, a fraud who took credit for the accomplishments of others.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Alone on the Ice,” 11/23/1998, GBH Archives, accessed May 26, 2024,
MLA: “American Experience; Alone on the Ice.” 11/23/1998. GBH Archives. Web. May 26, 2024. <>.
APA: American Experience; Alone on the Ice. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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