Explore the making of the The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a seven-part documentary by Ken Burns weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.
Eleanor clashed at times with her mother-in-law, Sara Delano Roosevelt.
January 1945 FDR speaks at his 4th Inaugural Address.
As a young man, Theodore Roosevelt was weak, had a poor heart, and was not expected to live a very long life. Yet during his years at Harvard, he rose to popularity among the university’s most prestigious clubs, fought for the lightweight boxing championship, was among the top of his class, and even fell in love.
The weather can’t stop Franklin Roosevelt. When his 1944 Campaign through four of the five New York City boroughs was compounded with torrential downpours, FDR insisted that it carry on as scheduled, despite the protests from his physician. The tour concluded with a speech at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Theodore Roosevelt is revered for his conflict resolution skills. No other incident further exemplifies these skills than his settling of the Portsmouth Treaty during the Russo-Japanese War over Manchuria and Korea, for which Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first American to be awarded any Nobel Prize.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was adored by his parents but had a very lonely childhood.
Theodore Roosevelt asks to form a ‘rough riders’ regiment to fight in World War I.
King George and Queen Elizabeth visit the United States in June of 1939.
Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life character.
At this point in history, a victor of war is a victor of the public sphere. Theodore Roosevelt’s success in the Spanish-American War opened every political door for his future. And his Easterner turned Westerner persona allowed him to appeal to most every aspect of American life at the time.
Eleanor embarked on a humanitarian trip on behalf of the president to the South Pacific to see the troops in hospitals. The Navy’s top command believed it was a publicity stunt, but her actions there quickly changed their minds.
FDR’s New Deal brought great relief to the American People.
A new era is ushered in as WWI ends and Theodore Roosevelt dies.
Theodore Roosevelt becomes Police Commissioner of New York.
Theodore Roosevelt marries Edith Carow and they settle down in Sagamore Hill, New York.
Theodore Roosevelt believed in the survival of the fittest and ‘might makes right.’
Theodore Roosevelt’s political accomplishments at 26 were impressive.
General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the American commander who took Utah Beach on D-Day.
Theodore Roosevelt lost both his mother and his wife on Valentine’s Day, 1901.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, were all broken by life and faced their share of adversity. And, perhaps, it was the strength from their broken places that helped them to become three of the greatest leaders of this nation’s history.
In the the summer of 1921 Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracts polio.
As the Nazi Party swept across Germany and steadily gained power, there was growing concern from both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. However, a Gallup Poll showed the that majority of Americans opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. And FDR’s bill to sell arms to Britain and France should Germany invade Poland never even reached the Senate floor.
James Roosevelt married Sara Delano and they settle down in Hyde Park.