'The Roosevelts' story to be retold

Posted by John Kanelis on

If you missed it the first time, you're in luck.

Ken Burns's acclaimed documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," is coming back for another run on Panhandle PBS.

The first segment airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. and it looks at the early lives of two young men who would become president of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were distant cousins. FDR would marry another cousin, Eleanor, who became a political force of nature in her own right.

"Get Action" talks about Theodore and Franklin's early years in New York. They were born into privilege, but neither man was content to rest on the wealth he inherited.

Indeed, Theodore Roosevelt would grow up to be a serious man of action, despite having to endure much illness as a child. He was a hunter and a conservationist. It's been said he is the father of the modern environmental movement. He led men in battle during the Spanih-American War. He ramrodded the building of the Panama Canal at the turn of the 20th century. He built the Republican Party into a major political power, then left the party when it veered too far from the goals he had established for it; he then would run for president as a Bull Moose candidate in 1912, costing the GOP nominee -- and his dear friend -- President William Howard Taft a second term in the White House.

Franklin Roosevelt had his own struggles. He contracted polio in the 1920s and was wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. That didn't stop him, let alone slow him down. He served as New York governor, then ran unsuccessfully for vice president before being elected president in 1932. He vowed to lead the nation out of its Great Depression -- and did what he promised. Then came the crucible of world war and the commander in chief then had to rally the nation to fight bitter and powerful enemies in Europe and Asia, all at once.

"Get Action" sets up the story of how these men's character built them into two of the 20th century's greatest leaders.

Here's your chance to see what you might have missed the first time. And even if you saw all 14 hours of last year, it's worth seeing again. Honest. It is.

 

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