American Experience

The Great War: Chapter 1

Clip: Season 29 Episode 8 | 8m 28s Video has closed captioning.

In the summer of 1917, at docks up and down the eastern seaboard, thousands of American soldiers boarded ships bound for France. They were the vanguard of a new American army, about to enter the most destructive war the world had ever known. For President Woodrow Wilson, the war was a crusade “to make the world safe for democracy,” a chance to transform the international order in America’s image.

Aired: 04/10/17

Rating: NR

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