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People's Century
Half the People, 1969
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As the twentieth century rushes toward its conclusion, People's Century looks back at the story of our times. This landmark series offers new insight into the turbulent events of these hundred years through the revealing personal testimony of the people who experienced them. Some of the interviewees are over 100 years old. John Forsythe and Alfre Woodard narrate.

Program 101W: "1900 • Age of Hope" The people remember: the Paris Exposition of 1900, Queen Victoria's funeral, President McKinley's assassination, technology and consumerism, American democracy, Theodore Roosevelt, the Russo-Japanese war, Russian Revolution of 1905, African National Congress, emigration to America, the first flight across the English Channel, mobilization and the tremors of war. "1916 • Killing Fields" The people remember: conscription, machine guns and mustard gas, aerial bombing, the trenches, Battles of Verdun and the Somme, conscientious objectors, military justice, American participation, armistice.

Program 103W: "1917 • Red Flag" The people remember: the storming of the Winter Palace, Lenin, Bolsheviks, civil war, mass literacy campaigns, Lenin's death, Soviets' “five-year plan,” collectivization, kulaks, “show” trials, Stalin's purges. "1991 • People Power" The people remember: 1980 Gdansk, the role of the Church, Solidarity movement, martial law in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Berlin Wall, Romania, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Program 105W: "1927 • Great Escape" The people remember: silent movies, Charlie Chaplin, The Jazz Singer, decline of live entertainment, movie palaces, film in the Soviet Union and India, propaganda, New Deal documentaries, the birth of television. "1930 • Sporting Fever" The people remember: the 1908 Olympics, baseball, Babe Ruth, first World Cup, boxing, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, racism, the Berlin Olympics, sport in the Cold War, sport and television.

Program 107: "1926 • On the Line" The people remember: Henry Ford, the Model T, mass production, the moving assembly line, Detroit's River Rouge Plant, Italy's Fiat, Joseph Stalin's industrial revolution, Stakhovites, the United Auto Workers, labor movement, wages.

Program 108: "1929 • Breadline" The people remember: Wall Street and the US stock market crash, mass unemployment, Chilean copper mines and nitrate towns, German banking crisis, Jarrow Shipyards, the allure of Communism and Fascism, Nazi rearmament, FDR's New Deal.

Program 109: "1919 • Lost Peace" The people remember: Armistice celebrations, Woodrow Wilson, the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, German reparations, World Disarmament Conference, pacifist movements, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Italy and Ethiopia, Franco and the Spanish Civil War, Lord Chamberlain, Austria, Czechoslovakia.

Program 110: "1933 • Master Race" The people remember: Adolf Hitler, racism, public works, Mein Kampf, Hitler Youth, the annexation of Austria, march on Prague, the Allies, Kristallnacht, the ghettos, the “Final Solution,” concentration camps, propaganda.

Program 111: "1939 • Total War" The people remember: economic mobilization, shipbuilding, women and children join the war effort, slave labor, the Blitz, siege of Leningrad, Dimitri Shostakovich, air raids, Hamburg, Pearl Harbor, Tokyo fire raids, the atom bomb.

Program 112: "1945 • Brave New World" The people remember: meeting on the Elbe, refugees in Europe, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill at Fulton, Nikita Khrushchev, propaganda wars, NATO, Berlin blockade, Korea, Hungarian uprising, Berlin Wall.

Program 113: "1947 • Freedom Now" The people remember: colonial rule, Mohandas Gandhi, Indian independence, Ghana, Kenya, Mau Mau uprisings, government corruption -- a new oppression, Algeria, Mozambique.

Program 114W: "Boomtime • 1948" Post-war prosperity transforms lifestyles and cultural values in the United States and abroad. "Young Blood • 1968" A new generation challenges the "Establishment."

Program 116 W: "Fallout • 1945" Nuclear energy is unleashed. "Endangered Planet • 1959" Runaway growth brings prosperity at a price.

Program 118 W: "Great Leap • 1965" China yields to Chairman Mao. "Asia Rising • 1951" From the ashes of war, Japan and Korea rise to economic prominence.

Program 120 W: "Skin Deep • 1960" Racial oppression is challenged in the United States and South Africa. "Half the People • 1970" At home and at work, women fight for equal rights.

Program 122 W: "Picture Power • 1963" Television unexpectedly transforms society, culture and politics. "Living Longer • 1952" Medical advances further the fight against disease.

Program 124 W "Guerrilla Wars • 1973" Revolution succeeds through guerrilla warfare.

Program 126 • "Fast Forward" • Looks at global trends since the 1970's. Series release date: 4/1998

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At home and at work, women fight for equal rights.

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Dor-Ner, Zvi (Series Producer)
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