Title

Television Biography: History Lite

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

1-17-2002

Publisher

History News Network (HNN)

Abstract

Recently, PBS premiered a documentary biography about Woodrow Wilson that, for all its many positive qualities, was ultimately a disappointment. Like the vast majority of programs in the"American Experience" series, it was beautifully produced. Vivid photographs and footage were combined with informative and entertaining commentary by leading scholars. Unfortunately, the final product often gave us History Lite -- history reduced to the personal.