“The Great War” is an ambitious three-part series for PBS’s acclaimed history series, American Experience, which explores the United States’ experience in the First World War. Led by the soaring rhetoric of Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a new world order, the United States entry into the war triggered both an eruption of nationalist pride, and a renewed belief in the power of American exceptionalism. The great conflict would fundamentally change the nature of American society, undermining the progressive movement, giving birth to the national security state, reordering the place of women and African-Americans in the culture, and changing the government’s role in almost every aspect of the American economy. In a larger sense, the experience of World War I forever changed the way the nation saw itself and its place in the world. The repercussions of this moment define us to this day.
The Great War will air in April 2017.