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American Experience; Love in the Cold War

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American Experience
Love in the Cold War
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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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Portrays the lives of an American family sho suffered for their beliefs in both the US and USSR. Eugene and Peggy Dennis were members of the Communist Party who moved to the USSR in the 1930's. When they returned to the US, they couple was coerced into leaving their 5-year-old son Tim behind in Moscow. Twenty years would pass before they would see him again. In 1951, Eugene was sent to prison for almost five years by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The family was reunited in 1961 at Eugene Dennis' funeral.



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