The Seven Years’ Movie

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Another reason Hollywood would have refrained from making a film on the French and Indian War is the average American’s lack of knowledge about the struggle that set America on the course for manifest destiny. Anderson sees that as a potential plus: “I don’t think many viewers will approach the program with preconceived notions. I think they’ll be fascinated to discover the rich background to a war that has all too often been relegated to a paragraph in most textbooks.”

The War That Made America will air on PBS stations on January 18 and 25 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. (check local listings).

—Allen Barra