/ Modified sep 23, 2012 9:54 a.m.

PBS History Detectives

Get the facts about a Vietnamese soldier’s diary, a bootlegger’s notebook and a Hollywood payroll ledger for Native American actors. Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

hist_det_1006_viet_diary_spot A Vietnam soldier's diary included several entries and a photograph of two young women. (PHOTO: PBS)
Can HISTORY DETECTIVES return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to that veteran’s family? U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta takes part in the exchange.


hist_det_1006_bootlegger_spot The recipes from a leather-bound journal raise the question: is this evidence of a secret family business?

A notebook with recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle earned money bootlegging during Prohibition.


hist_det_1006_ledger_spot This 1915 ledger seems to record the payroll for Native Americans who acted in Westerns. (PHOTO: PBS)

What can a ledger tell us about Hollywood’s treatment of Native-American actors? How did they earn their pay? Did producers treat them fairly?

History Detectives, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

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