AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Cold War Roadshow

Air date: Tues., Nov. 18, 9:00 pm

 

Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history – the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of Communism and America’s arch-nemesis, during 13 days in 1959. At the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year.

 

 

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