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The Great War: Part 3 

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12 April 2017 (USA)  »

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I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier
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"I Think We've Got Another (And Wilson Is His Name) Washington"
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The End of the Battle but What's in Ourselves?
22 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Let's face it. When we deal with humans, the script is way too complicated to put a story line on. This third installment of "The Great War" puts a really human face on things. The Americans were able to go to a Europe that had been battered and subdued and bring about victory. In some ways, the psychological effects of the sheer numbers had as much to do with the Armistice as did the warriors themselves. When the embattled "Hun" saw what could have been, they threw themselves upon the mercy of Woodrow Wilson. After great celebration, even in Germany, it was thought that a new world order would arise. As is usually the case with politics, there were great losers. The Germans themselves were decimated by Clemenceau and Llloyd-George at Versailles. There were also those who had were imprisoned for disloyalty and sedition here in our country, sometimes for mere idle comments made to the wrong person or for having a German name. So when the elections came, the Republicans ran the table because Wilson was seen as villainous to many. Racism still predominated despite the heroics of the African-Americans and other minorities, including Native Americans. Women still had few rights. So there was still a lot of growing to do. Of course, right around the corner was a huge economic failure in the wake of this new life for our country. A couple features in this episode that were striking. One is the story of the Lost Battalion. The story of Eddie Rickenbacker (with his German name) and the emergence of the Air Force. Also, the great flu epidemic. This was glossed over a bit but had immense implications. This is a fascinating series, as are so many of the "American Experience" offerings.


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