Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a PBS series, narrated by journalist Bill Moyers that looks at some of the most influential ideas, events, and people of the 20th century. This episode presents a collage of newsreels that cover topics from the sublime to the ridiculous, with archival film clips. The collection ranges from news of international events to the latest bathing beauty contest to an interview with George Bernard Shaw. Each provides a glimpse into American culture in the last 100 years.