History on TV in October

This month’s TV Plus column (p. 26) from The Social Studies Professional features the following films.

Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 8:00–9:00pm PST KQED PBS Follow survivors of perhaps the fiercest battle of World War II as they return to Iwo Jima for a Reunion of Honor on the only battlefield where former enemies come together in shared remembrance.

Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9:00–10:00 pm PST KOCE PBS/ Steeplechase Films Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability in this history of disabled veterans. Witness moving interviews with “some of the country’s most prominent disabled veterans.”

American Comandante (American Experience) Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:00–10:00pm PST PBS/WGBH Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution. His life had it all — adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters including J. Edgar Hoover, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro.

Up Heartbreak Hill (POV) November 2015 PBS/ American Documentary Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Take a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

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