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American Experience

The Boys of '36

Season 28 Episode 7 | 53m 26s

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.

Aired: 08/02/16

Expired: 08/28/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

For Season 28 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional support for The Boys of '36 provided by engagement partner USRowing.