American history isn’t always just about America – sometimes, it’s about Japan. On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay with four American ships and a mission from the U.S. Government to open Japan to American trade. In this episode of “Founding Fragments,” host Tory Altman talks with the National Portrait Gallery's Wendy Wick Reaves about an object that shows how the Japanese saw their new visitors.
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Written, directed, and edited by Kent Chadwick.