The Great Famine Preview

The little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet Russia in 1921, The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration known as the ARA.

My American Experience

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What country has the U.S. helped the most? Where has America's effort made the most difference? Which effort do you think has had the greatest impact on the world... or on the U.S.?



  • Additional funding for this program was provided by

  • Lakeside Foundation
  • NEH
  • Yawkey Foundation