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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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Mon., February 1, 2021
2:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History  

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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Tue., February 2, 2021
2:00 pm
(120 minutes)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History  

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.

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)

WETA PassportThe Common Cause (1939-1944)

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

The Rising Road (1933-1939)

WETA PassportThe Rising Road (1933-1939)

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

The Storm (1920-1933)

WETA PassportThe Storm (1920-1933)

FDR battles with polio and responds to the Great Depression.

The Fire of Life (1910-1919)

WETA PassportThe Fire of Life (1910-1919)

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

In the Arena (1901-1910)

WETA PassportIn the Arena (1901-1910)

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.