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Wed Feb 3, 2016, 07:39 PM

 

PBS Murder of a President is the story of James Garfield

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In case you missed the premiere, one of the best American Experience episodes I have seen. Full video can be found here

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/garfield/player/

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Reply PBS Murder of a President is the story of James Garfield (Original post)
elmac Feb 2016 OP
monmouth4 Feb 2016 #1
elmac Feb 2016 #2
monmouth4 Feb 2016 #4
deathrind Feb 2016 #3
elmac Feb 2016 #5
deathrind Feb 2016 #6
Fuddnik Feb 2016 #7
Name removed Feb 2016 #8
area51 Feb 2016 #9

Response to elmac (Original post)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 07:50 PM

1. I enjoyed this so much. AE is always a superb show...n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 07:57 PM

2. I have an old book about deadly volcanoes published in the 1800's

 

and inside is a news clipping of President Garfields funeral. I never really knew much about him and found this show fascinating. It seems that he may have been the first true liberal president.

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Response to elmac (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 08:06 PM

4. That, and I never knew much about the shooter. Very interesting...n/t

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 08:00 PM

3. That was very good.

I had no idea just how crazy Charles Guiteau was...wow.

Another mind blowing part of the show was just how Presidentail security was handled or lack of security I should say. Given that Lincoln had just been assassinated a few years earlier one would think the Presidents security would have been of a higher importance. The show said that the Lincoln assassination was looked at as an anomaly because of the war but still...wow.

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Response to deathrind (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 08:14 PM

5. Yes, Charles Guiteau reminds me so much of modern day assassins

 

or mass shooters. Mental illness + guns was a problem then as it is now.

Another fascinating topic of this program was the strange politics of the late 1800's, how he became president is like winning the lotto, being in the right place at the right time.

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Response to elmac (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 3, 2016, 08:19 PM

6. Very true,

"strange politics of the late 1800's"

It was a strange system. I had not heard the term "machine politics" until watching last nights program.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2016, 12:50 AM

7. I dvr'ed it last night.

Another great one was last weeks "Mine Wars". Must see.

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Thu Feb 4, 2016, 03:33 AM

9. I had heard how he needn't died after he was shot.

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