The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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Biography Documentary hosted by Peter Coyote and Ken Burns, published by PBS in 2014 - English narration

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear.

[edit] Get Action 1858-1901

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt all overcame challenging circumstances early in their lives during the Gilded Age. As a result of the influence of Theodore and Franklin as Presidents, as well as Eleanor as First Lady, a modern democratic state of equal opportunity was begun in the United States.

[edit] In the Arena 1901-1910

Theodore becomes the 26th President of the United States, fights corporate greed, builds the Panama Canal and helps preserve wilderness areas. Franklin marries Eleanor and enters politics by running for the New York state senate.

[edit] The Fire of Life 1910-1919

Theodore pursues a progressive crusade and, as a result, compromises the Republican Party. Later, he promotes America's entry into World War I. Franklin serves as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He becomes involved with another woman and his relationship with Eleanor becomes a purely political partnership.

[edit] The Storm 1920-1933

Franklin runs for Vice President of the United States but his party loses the election. The next summer, he is paralyzed from the waist down by polio. Eleanor develops a political life of her own. Franklin becomes Governor of New York and, later, runs for the office of President of the United States.

[edit] The Rising Road 1933-1939

Franklin becomes the 32nd President of the United States, introduces the New Deal to help resolve the Great Depression and undertakes the issue of Adolf Hitler's rise in Germany. Eleanor provides Franklin with a liberal perspective and becomes, herself, a political force.

[edit] The Common Cause 1939-1944

Franklin, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, promotes America's entry into World War II and eventual Allied victory. During wartime, Eleanor helps to maintain the earlier New Deal initiatives and comforts wounded troops in the Pacific.

[edit] A Strong and Active Faith 1944-1962

Franklin wins a fourth term as President, plans for peacetime but dies while in office on April 12, 1945. Eleanor, after Franklin's death, promotes civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. She died in 1962 and was mourned as First Lady of the World.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: ~2800 Kbps (CRF 21)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Nero)
  • Audio Quality: 0.50 48KHz (~150 Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: ~1h 50mn (13h 10mn Total)
  • Number of Parts: 7
  • Part Size: ~2.2 GiB (1.5-2.8 GiB)
  • Container: MP4
  • Released: 2014
  • Source: HDTV
  • Capper: KarMa
  • Subtitles: English - Merged in the MP4

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