Many Americans could not fathom that some people heard War of the Worlds and actually believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey. Over 12,000 articles were published about War of the Worlds in the two weeks following the broadcast. Time and again, editorial pages blamed the listener. To journalist Dorothy Thompson, who applauded Welles in her widely-read column, the episode cleverly proved the power of propaganda. Watch this video to hear what she wrote in her column.
"War of the Worlds" premieres October 29 at 9pm ET on PBS.
An updated look at the Alabama tenant farmer families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
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The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
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