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THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
The Rising Road

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Rejecting the traditional role of First Lady, Eleanor becomes her husband’s liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right.

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
The Common Cause

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Casablanca 1943.

 

FDR shatters the third-term tradition, struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps set the course toward Allied victory. Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive in wartime and travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 1943 and with the war still raging, FDR resolves to conceal his condition and run for a fourth term.

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
A Strong and Active Faith

Delegate Eleanor Roosevelt at a meeting of the United Nations.

 

Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. When she dies in 1962, she is mourned everywhere as the First Lady of the World.

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
The Storm (1920-1933)

FDR addresses a crowd upon his return.

 

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and, as governor of New York, acts with such vigor and imagination during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats turn to him as their presidential nominee in 1932. He survives an attempted assassination as president-elect and at his inauguration tells his frightened countrymen the only thing they have to fear is “fear itself.”

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

 

Ken Burns’ seven-part, 14-hour documentary series tells the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

 

Get Action (1858-1901)

Fri., May 1, 9:00 pm

The early lives of young Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are highlighted.

 

In the Arena (1901-1910)

Sat., May 2, 9:00 pm

Theodore Roosevelt transforms the office of the presidency. FDR courts and weds Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

The Fire of Life (1910-1919)

Thurs., May 7, 9:00 pm

President Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own Republican party.

 

The Storm (1920-1933)

Sat., May 9, 9:00 pm

FDR serves as governor of New York and becomes the presidential nominee for the Democrats in 1932.

 

The Rising Road (1933-1939)

Thurs., May 14, 9:00 pm

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

 

The Common Cause (1939-1944)

Fri., May 15, 9:00 pm

FDR breaks the third-term tradition and tries to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II.

 

A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)

Sat., May 16, 9:00 pm

FDR is determined to see the war through to victory. Eleanor Roosevelt fights for civil liberties after FDR’s death.

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
Get Action

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY - Get Action (1858-1901)

 

A frail, asthmatic young Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life, loses one great love and finds another, leads men into battle and then rises like a rocket to become the youngest president in American history at age 42. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, brought up as the pampered only child of adoring parents, follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination and begins to think he might one day follow in his footsteps.

 

 

 

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
In The Arena

Theodore Roosevelt waves to the crowd.

 

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House ― battling corporate greed and building the Panama Canal, preserving American wilderness, carrying the message of American might around the world. FDR courts and weds Eleanor Roosevelt, the shy orphaned daughter of Theodore’s alcoholic brother, Elliott. Franklin enters a law firm but jumps at the chance to run for the New York state senate.

 

 

 

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