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Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
Episode 1 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem's untested regime in the South.
The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
Episode 3 of The Vietnam War
PBS
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
A Nation of Drunkards
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: Prohibition
PBS
Americans have argued over alcohol for centuries. Since the early years of the American Republic, drinking has been at least as American as apple pie. As Episode 1: A Nation of Drunkards begins, clergymen, craftsmen and canal-diggers drink. So do…
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
Episode 2 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
Episode 4 of The Vietnam War
PBS
North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers' war.
A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut;…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part I
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
Episode 6 of The Vietnam War
PBS
On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson's promise that there is "light at the end of the tunnel."
The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
Episode 7 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.
This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
Episode 5 of The Vietnam War
PBS
American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
A Nation of Hypocrites
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: Prohibition
PBS
In the mid 1920s, an unprecedented winning streak continues on Wall Street, and it feels to many like the good times will go on forever. Americans during the Jazz Age, writes F. Scott Fitzgerald, are "a whole race gone hedonistic,…
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
Episode 8 of The Vietnam War
PBS
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.
A Nation of Scofflaws
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: Prohibition
PBS
On January 16, 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution goes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. Episode Two, A Nation of Scofflaws, examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part II
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
Episode 10 of The Vietnam War
PBS
While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans' attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
When Things Get Tough
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or…
A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
Episode 9 of The Vietnam War
PBS
U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home--to a bitterly divided country.
FUBAR
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By September 1944, in Europe at least, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory. "Militarily," General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells the press, "this war is over." But in the coming months, on both sides of the…
A Deadly Calling
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three…
Pride of Our Nation
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on…