The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, will air as two-hour episodes over seven nights, beginning September 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Each episode will be repeated nightly and the series will be available on demand on wttw.com.
August 13 at 9:30: Tune in for a preview of Ken Burns’ upcoming film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Hosted by Patricia Clarkson, we follow the camera crews into the grand estates and intimate cottages of the Roosevelts. Visit the studio as Burns records the voices of the stars who read the diaries, letters, and contemporary accounts of this noteworthy family.
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.
Watch a video preview of THE ROOSEVELTS.
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
The Chicago Presentation of The Roosevelts is made possible, in part, by Sue Dixon; Jamee and Marshall Field; Sue Gin, in honor of the Foundation for the National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Denny and Sandy Cummings; and Margaret S. Hart.