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History

A Walk Through the 20th Century 

with Bill Moyers

     Marshall, Texas. Marshall, Texas

     The Arming of the Earth

     The Reel World of News

     WWII: The Propaganda Battle

     The Imagemakers

     The 30 Second President

A Walk Through the 20th Century 

with BIll Moyers

Awards:

Emmy Award - Primetime

Emmy Award - News and Documentary

Bill Moyers takes a look at noteworthy moments in the history of the 20th century.

PBS
Five Hours

1983

“An admirable and sophisticated series.” 


– The New York Times

“I’d be surprised if there were a more interesting documentary on public television this season, or one filled with more vivid and compelling human history.” 


– American Heritage

Episodes:

Marshall, Texas, Marshall, Texas

Bill Moyers visits his hometown. Long-time residents describe the town as being "a Tom Sawyer sort of place" on one hand and a town formerly divided by racial segregation on the other.

"I'd be surprised if there were a more interesting documentary on public television this season, or one filled with more vivid and compelling human history.

American Heritage

The Arming of the Earth

Journalist Bill Moyers considers how the machine gun, the submarine, and the airplane have revolutionized the conduct of war. Focuses on the way in which advances in the technology of war have vastly increased the civilian toll in wartime.

"The finest anti-war program we have ever seen."

- Daily News

The Reel World of News

A look at how newsreels grew into a unique 20th-century institution that informed and entertained whole generations.

WWII: The Propaganda Battle

Two motion picture experts -- Frank Capra and Fritz Hippler -- on the war they waged through film. 

The Imagemakers

The growth of mass communication provided a new understanding of ways to manipulate images and influence popular opinion. Bill Moyers examines the public-relations campaign designed by Ivy Lee in 1914 to improve the image of John D. Rockefeller. He also talks with Edward Bernays — the man who helped immortalize Thomas Edison and actually coined the term public relations.

The 30 Second President

No single force has changed American politics more than television — especially the television commercial. Bill Moyers examines the phenomenon of the “30-second president” and the role of advertising in 20th-century American politics.