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By the dawn of the 19th century tuberculosis had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the US, shaping medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Premieres February 10 on PBS American Experience.
Watch a short video about what is coming to American Experience this January and February, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. The season kicks off on January 6 with "Ripley: Believe It or Not," followed by "Klansville U.S.A.," "Edison," "The Big Burn," and "The Forgotten Plague."
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