Why We Made The Great War

The Great War is a three-part, six-hour look at the First World War—a battle that fundamentally transformed America’s place in the world, and its life at home.
American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels discusses the film and why we made it—explaining that you cannot understand the world we live in today without understanding the Great War.

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