|The Roosevelts: An Intimate History|
|Based on||The Roosevelts: An Intimate History|
by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns
|Written by||Geoffrey Ward|
|Directed by||Ken Burns|
|Narrated by||Peter Coyote|
|Theme music composer||David Cieri|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||7|
Pam Tubridy Baucom
Daniel J. White
|Running time||14 hours|
|Production company(s)||Florentine Films|
|Original release||September 14 –|
September 20, 2014
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a 2014 American television documentary miniseries directed and produced by Ken Burns. It covers the lives and times of the three most prominent members of the Roosevelt family, Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican and the 26th President of the United States; Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, the 32nd President of the United States, and fifth cousin of Theodore; and Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, a niece of Theodore, and wife of Franklin. 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. The series begins with the birth of Theodore in 1858 and ends with the death of Eleanor in 1962.
Actors and historians
- Paul Giamatti - Theodore Roosevelt (voice)
- Edward Herrmann - Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice)
- Meryl Streep - Eleanor Roosevelt (voice)
- John Lithgow - James Roosevelt (voice)
- Patricia Clarkson - Margaret "Daisy" Suckley (voice)
- Jonathan Alter
- H. W. Brands
- Blanche Wiesen Cook
- Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Edna Gurewitsch
- Clay S. Jenkinson
- William Leuchtenburg
- David McCullough
- Jon Meacham
- Patricia O'Toole
- Geoffrey C. Ward
- George Will
|No.||Episode||Original air date|
|1||"Get Action" (1858–1901)||September 14, 2014|
|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.|
|2||"In The Arena" (1901–1910)||September 15, 2014|
|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.|
|3||"The Fire of Life" (1910–1919)||September 16, 2014|
|Theodore pursues a progressive crusade and, as a result, compromises the Republican Party. Later, he promotes America's entry into World War I and, while considering another presidential run, dies in 1919. Franklin serves as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He becomes involved with another woman and his relationship with Eleanor becomes a purely political partnership.|
|4||"The Storm" (1920–1933)||September 17, 2014|
|Franklin runs for Vice President of the United States but his party loses the election. The next year, he is stricken with a disabling paralytic illness. 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.|
|5||"The Rising Road" (1933–1939)||September 18, 2014|
|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.|
|6||"The Common Cause" (1939–1944)||September 19, 2014|
|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.|
|7||"A Strong and Active Faith" (1944–1962)||September 20, 2014|
|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.|
The series premiered to positive reviews and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for Peter Coyote's narration of the first episode. In September 2014, The Roosevelts became the most streamed documentary on the PBS website to date.
According to critic James Poniewozik of Time magazine, "The Roosevelts tells the story of the American 20th century in triptych. Teddy (who became President in 1901) is progressivism, expansionism and reform. FDR is the rise of American power and the rewriting of the social contract. (Conservative pundit George Will sums up his legacy: the government would not just 'provide the conditions for the pursuit of happiness' but 'deliver happiness, understood as material well-being.') Eleanor looks ahead to postwar globalism and the move of women and minorities in from the margins." Further, Poniewozik states, "The Roosevelts brings up a kind of nature-nurture question: did these leaders make the times, or did the times make these leaders? It can’t answer this question. But it does manage to tell an educational, emotional story of how these leaders and their times made us."
Hank Stuever, critic at The Washington Post, writes, "Let’s start with the end. When it’s over — when you make it through the marathon that is Ken Burns’s beautiful, seven-part documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, ... you may find yourself with a lingering, nebulous grief. You’re sorry it’s over. You’re sorry they’re over. You’re sorry a certain expression of American ideals is, or often appears to be, completely over."
One critic of the series, Michelangelo Signorile, wrote in The Huffington Post that the production was entertaining, but noticeably omitted any references to the Newport sex scandal and another scandal involving Sumner Welles. Signorile also criticized Burns' dismissal of a possible sexual relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as 'tabloid' material. Pulitzer Prize winning historian John Loughey was similarly dismayed that the Newport affair was not included in the series.
- List of women's rights activists
- Political positions of Theodore Roosevelt
- Sunrise at Campobello - 1960 film
- The Eleanor Roosevelt Story - 1965 biographical documentary film
- Eleanor and Franklin - 1976 TV miniseries
- Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years - 1977 TV movie
- Rough Riders - 1997 TV miniseries
- Warm Springs - 2005 TV film
- Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
- US Presidents on US postage stamps
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