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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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.

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Tue., August 11, 2020
3:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Fire of Life (1910-1919)  

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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Wed., August 12, 2020
3:00 pm
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The Storm (1920-1933)  

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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Tue., August 18, 2020
3:00 pm
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The Rising Road (1933-1939)  

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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Wed., August 19, 2020
3:00 pm
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The Common Cause (1939-1944)  

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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Tue., August 25, 2020
2:00 pm
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A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)  

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.

The Roosevelts Quote Quiz

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaking on Women's Day at the Chicago World's Fair, 1933 (Photo Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

Was it Theodore, Franklin or Eleanor? Match these memorable quotes to their source.

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The Roosevelts and Washington History

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The Roosevelts had a significant impact on the history of the greater Washington area. Check out related stories from our Boundary Stones local history blog. 

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A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)

Examine Eleanor’s role as civil rights and U.N champion after FDR’s death.
The Common Cause (1939-1944)

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Survey FDR’s leadership during WWII, while Eleanor tends to wounded servicemen.

The Rising Road (1933-1939)

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Examine FDR’s New Deal and Eleanor’s growing political activism.

The Storm (1920-1933)

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FDR battles with polio and responds to the Great Depression.

The Fire of Life (1910-1919)

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Trace the effects of WWI on the lives of the Roosevelts.

In the Arena (1901-1910)

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Theodore’s presidency and FDR and Eleanor’s courtship and marriage.

Timeline Clip - Theodore and Booker T. Washington at Dinner

Timeline Clip - Theodore and Booker T. Washington at Dinner

Timeline Clip - Theodore Roosevelt has dinner with Booker T. Washington.