A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
An informative look at the role the U.S. played in World War I, but the discussion is brief and somewhat superficial due to time constraints.
The United States involvement in WWI is discussed from the point of view that it is what ultimately ended the war.
Positive Role Models
The soldiers who risked and gave their lives to fight in the war are honored. The fact that women entered the workforce while the men were away is briefly touched upon.
Violence & Scariness
Footage of soldiers training, shooting, and running into the trenches is shown. Rifles, machine guns, and cannons are audibly fired and explosions are visible. Soldiers are shown on stretchers, but the imagery doesn’t show specific injuries.
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Products & Purchases
The documentary is presented by the US WWI Centennial Commission, which is raising funds for a WWI memorial.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It discusses how soldiers brought back wine from France, and how this, in part, helped Americans become more cultured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that America's World War I Centennial is an educational short about the U.S. role in World War I, and how the country changed as a result. Sponsored by the US WWI Centennial Commission, this special features archive war footage with lots of guns being fired and bombs being thrown, and on occasion soldiers running for safety or lying on stretchers, but neither the images or the conversations about it are very graphic. However, it does discuss the extreme hardships suffered by the soldiers, as well as the high number of U.S. soldiers who died as a result.
Is It Any Good?
What makes this docu particularly interesting is what it tells us about the way the U.S. transformed politically, economically, and socially before, during, and after it entered the war effort. It also addresses how ill-prepared soldiers were for the mechanized fighting that was taking place abroad, and honors the over 100K men who died during the 19 months of battle. America's World War I Centennial manages to pack a lot of general information into 20 minutes. But if you're a history buff, it will probably leave you wanting to know much, much more.
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