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A Gold Star Life

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National Memorial Day Concert
PBS


On the 1996 National Memorial Day Concert, actress Jill Eikenberry shared a letter left by Gold Star Wife Sally Griffis under her husband's name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. In it, she talked about the experience of taking her children, gold star children, to visit the memorial as a way to honor their father. Now those children are grown-up and still seeing their lives through the lens of being g Continue


General Colin Powell on the Meaning of Memorial Day

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National Memorial Day Concert
PBS


General Powell shares his experience of visiting Washington D.C.'s war memorials and witnessing the remembrances left by family, friends and loved ones of service members who served and sacrificed. Continue


Dick Cavett's Vietnam

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PBS Presents
PBS


On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and A/V material. Continue


The Rise of the Student Protest Movement

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


The death of 4 students at Kent State symbolized the state of the nation. In the aftermath of the events at Kent State, strikes and protests increased on college campuses across the country. Continue


Moments After the Shooting

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


Moments after the shootings at Kent State in 1970, Professor Glenn Frank begged students to disperse to prevent more deaths. Continue


Sneak Peek

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. Continue


The Draft | WWI: Wilson & the Selective Service Act

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Stories of Service
PBS


President Wilson re-branded the draft with the Selective Service Act, outlawing substitution and establishing medical and educational deferments and local draft boards. But while 3 million draftees were willing to fight the “war to end all wars,” the conflict only set the stage for an even greater struggle. Continue


The Draft | The History of America's Draft

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Stories of Service
PBS


America’s place on the world stage has always depended on its military might, and its military might has always depended on the draft. But the draft has stirred up controversy since America’s founding, throughout its history, and continues to do so today. What does it mean to serve one’s country in a time of war? What do you owe your fellow Americans? Continue


The Draft | Full Episode

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Stories of Service
PBS


Race, class, culture — the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. But ending the draft has produced unintended consequences, creating a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who bear the entire burden of endless wars. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation. Continue


What Was the Manhattan Project?

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Antiques Roadshow
PBS


Learn more about the massive, top-secret U.S. effort to develop an atomic bomb during the height of World War II. Continue


Nazi Attack on America

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NOVA
PBS


A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat. Airing May 6, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Continue


A Photomosaic of U-166

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NOVA
PBS


A high-res mapping expert pieces together thousands of images to make one wide shot of the U-166 wreck site. Continue


Get a Closer Look at The Draft

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Stories of Service
PBS


Flip through photos from The Draft. Throughout history, when the president waged war, and needed a big army, he turned to the draft. But the draft has always stirred controversy, exposing fault lines of race, class and culture, in society. Airs Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Nixon at the Lincoln Memorial

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


President Nixon made an unplanned visit to the Lincoln Memorial in the middle of the night to speak with anti-war protestors. Continue


Burning Down the ROTC Building

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The Day the '60s Died
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Protesting escalates at Kent State as students set the ROTC building on fire and tried to prevent firefighters from putting out the flames. Continue


The Draft | Up in Flames: Draft Card Burning in NYC

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Stories of Service
PBS


In the tumult of the Vietnam War protests, Congress declared destroying draft cards a federal crime. Tom Cornell and David McReynolds took their chances with civil disobedience, and were among the organizers of a legendary draft card burning in Union Square. Protestors and counter-protestors clashed as draft cards went up in flames. Continue


The Draft | The Origins of the Vietnam War

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Stories of Service
PBS


Anti-communist fervor prompted American involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy and Johnson committed young men to the cause via the draft — and public opinion initially supported the drums of war. But anti-war protestors gradually gained support as rising draft numbers made it impossible to ignore the reality of combat. Continue


Abraham Lincoln's Enduring Legacy

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Washington Week
PBS


150 years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Peter Baker explains his enduring legacy and why he is the one president all future presidents want to emulate. But while Lincoln's legacy is an inspiration for future presidents, it can also be a burden, perhaps for President Obama more than any other president. Continue


Gwen's Take: Dames and Leadership

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Washington Week
PBS


"I am expanding my thinking, and along the way, reclaiming the word 'dame.' If the women Cokie Roberts writes about are 'dames,' you can call me a dame anytime. It always struck me as a spunky description anyway." Continue


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