The Great War

About the Show

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on 6 April 1917, this three-part series explores how World War I changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, this is the rich and complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and American troops. The series explores the costs and challenges of bringing America into World War I and the ways the war transformed every aspect of American life through the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American 'code talkers' and others whose participation in the war to 'make the world safe for democracy' has been largely forgotten. Part 1 of 3.