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America is a nation shaped by adversity and these are the stories of the challenges that helped shape a nation: surviving starvation, battling for independence, heading west into the unknown and the conflict that sparked a civil war.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on History
1 Season, 3 Episodes
July 5, 2020
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  • As the twentieth century continues, America faces perhaps its most daunting challenges yet. The 1930s brings the greatest economic crisis in its history; FDR offers the troubled nation a New Deal, but there are clouds on the horizon; Pearl Harbor is a lightning bolt to the American soul, and in command of the allied invasion, General Dwight D Eisenhower; the U.S. elects its youngest commander-in-chief, 46-year-old John F. Kennedy; and on a bridge over the Alabama river, Martin Luther King's fight for equal rights will face its fiercest test. Then, on a bright September morning in 2001, America faces a new crisis: sudden, overwhelming and deadly.

  • Surviving the "starving time" of the first colonies; battling their mother country for independence; heading out to the frontier and west into the unknown; sparking a resistance to slavery that brings the United States to the brink of civil war.

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