“history’s best” system cue presenting history’s best on pbs. Underwriting credits



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NARRATOR

Commodore Dewey’s squadron made five devastating passes at the Spanish fleet. By noon, the Spanish had surrendered their naval base in Manila Bay. Ten Spanish ships were destroyed. One U.S. sailor was killed.

H. W. BRANDS

That American forces could win a great victory clear on the far side of the world rendered Dewey’s victory in the Philippines more amazing and more noteworthy. When the news got back to the U.S., Americans rejoiced as they hadn’t since the Civil War.
“BRAVE DEWEY AND HIS MEN (DOWN AT MANILA BAY)”

Raise a cheer, all earth can hear, and three times three again.


H. W. BRANDS

Dewey was the most famous man in the United States.


DAVID NASAW

The Spanish-American War was not only the war that probably got the greatest coverage in the newspapers, but it was also the first filmed war. Every vaudeville theater tried to show what were called the “actualities of the war.” Most of them were faked. Most of the first films of the war were shot on the roof of New York buildings with toys boats in bathtubs and men blowing cigar smoke to simulate the smoke of battle.






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