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FRONTLINE; Black America's War


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Black America's War
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Nearly 30% of all US soldiers in the Gulf War were Black Americans. But blacks were much more skeptical than whites about the decision to go to war. Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree leads a FRONTLINE town meeting at an inner-city church in Philadelphia that explores the source of black attitudes and the impact of the war on the lives of Black Americans. Panelists include Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen (first black Marine General); Hodding Carter; author and professor Roger Wilkins; Washington Post writer Juan Williams; Major Elwood Driver (retired Army Air Corps, member of all-black WWII "Tuskegee Airmen").



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Public Affairs
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