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It’s a whirlwind tour of 10 wholly-original American monuments, and the historical moments that inspired them. We’ll visit little-known locations like the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, a sculptural masterpiece dedicated to one of the first African-American units to serve in the Civil War; and we’ll explore the surprising stories behind American favorites like the Statue of Liberty, which was devised as a propaganda piece by French republican politicians.

4-Part Series Premieres Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on PBS North

July Schedule:

  • 10 Streets that Changed America - July 10
  • 10 Monuments that Changed America - July 17
  • 10 Modern Marvels that Changed America - July 24
  • 10 Buildings that Changed America - July 31


It’s an episode full of epic battles over how to remember our past: from Maya Lin’s fight to design the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, to the ongoing controversies over confederate monuments across the South. We’ll discover pivotal moments in the evolution of American monuments when daring artists found new ways to honor our history.