Roosevelts: An Intimate History

The lives of the three great Roosevelts -- Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor -- are captured in this series. Ken Burns and producer, Paul Barnes describe the lives and times of these three American icons who influenced 20th century American history more than perhaps any other family. Through wars, revolutions, depressions, movements, the three led the country through what was called America's century. At times they had little in common but for one thing they always had in common . . . their ability, desire and conviction to lead.

Tue, Aug 11 3:00 P.M. The Fire of Life (1910-1919)     NH WORLD

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, undertakes a deadly expedition into the South American jungle, campaigns for American entry into World War I - and pays a terrible personal price.

Wed, Aug 12 3:00 P.M. The Storm (1920-1933)     NH WORLD

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer.

Tue, Aug 18 3:00 P.M. The Rising Road (1933-1939)     NH WORLD

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

Wed, Aug 19 3:00 P.M. The Common Cause (1939-1944)     NH WORLD

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.

Tue, Aug 25 2:00 P.M. A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)     NH WORLD

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.


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Roosevelts: An Intimate History By Episode

  • Get Action (1858-1901) (#101)

    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 42.

  • In The Arena (1901-1910) (#102)

    Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but in the seven years that follow, 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.

  • The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (#103)

    Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, undertakes a deadly expedition into the South American jungle, campaigns for American entry into World War I - and pays a terrible personal price.

  • The Storm (1920-1933) (#104)

    Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer.

  • The Rising Road (1933-1939) (#105)

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

  • The Common Cause (1939-1944) (#106)

    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.

  • A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (#107)

    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.



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