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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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This new documentary series from director Ken Burns explores the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. The 14-hour series follows the trio for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. During those years, the Roosevelts helped shaped history, notably the creation of National Parks, digging of the Panama Canal, passage of New Deal programs, and improving civil rights.

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President Roosevelt wins re-election but succumbs to a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63; after Franklin's death, Eleanor crusades for civil liberties and the United Nations.
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President Roosevelt prepares the U.S. for its entry into World War II; Eleanor pushes to keep the New Deal reforms alive in wartime; FDR learns that he has congestive heart failure in 1943 but decides to run for a fourth term.
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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal restores people's self-confidence; as the 1930s come to a close, FDR faces two issues -- whether to run for a third term and how to deal with Adolf Hitler.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920, but he contracts polio; while serving as governor of New York, Democrats turn to him as their presidential nominee for 1932.
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Theodore Roosevelt campaigns for America to enter World War I; Franklin Delano Roosevelt serves as Secretary of the Navy; Theodore's death at age 60 provides Franklin with a major opportunity.
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Theodore Roosevelt becomes one of the most beloved presidents of the United States, building the Panama Canal and preserving American wilderness; Franklin Delano Roosevelt weds Eleanor, enters a law firm, and considers running for New York State Senate.

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