The ROOSEVELTS 101

As we turn our attention to Ken Burns's 7-part documentary 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait,' check out a collection of programs and clips from PBS to bring you up to speed on one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.   

QUIZ: Roosevelt Quotes
WETA

QUIZ: Roosevelt Quotes

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

POSTER: 1900 McKinley-Roosevelt Campaign
Antiques Roadshow

POSTER: 1900 McKinley-Roosevelt Campaign

Appraisal: 1900 McKinley-Roosevelt Jugate Campaign Poster, from Minneapolis Hour 1.

Clip: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Early Years
The Roosevelts

Clip: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Early Years

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was adored by his parents but had a very lonely childhood.

Clip: Theodore Roosevelt - American Hero
The Roosevelts

Clip: Theodore Roosevelt - American Hero

After the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt becomes an American Hero.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Environment
American Experience

Theodore Roosevelt and the Environment

Teddy Roosevelt established a natural empire the like of which the world had never seen.

Prospects of Mankind with Eleanor Roosevelt
American Experience

Prospects of Mankind with Eleanor Roosevelt

"Prospects of Mankind with Eleanor Roosevelt" first aired on WGBH in October, 1959.

More Films from Ken Burns 

The National Parks
Ken Burns

The National Parks

Pres. Teddy Roosevelt travels to Yosemite and camps with John Muir.

The Dust Bowl
Ken Burns

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl was a decade-long natural catastrophe of biblical proportions.

The Presidents Collection

The Presidents
American Experience

The Presidents

37 hours of streaming documentaries on nine 20th-Century American presidents.

A Public View

Jackie Robinson blazed daunting trail

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If only he could have been recognized just as a great baseball player. Jackie Robinson's skill on the field was enough to earn him Hall of Fame status. However, he wasn't just a great athlete. He also was a courageous pioneer for African-Americans and for the cause of civil rights. He became the first of his race to play in the big leagues. He paid a price, but he always held his head high.

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Change comes slowly to Saudi Arabia

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Ancient cultures are slow to change. Saudi Arabia is no exception. Its ways are established by strict adherence to ancient Muslim teachings and social mores. Yet some Saudis are seeking to bring about change, no matter how long it takes.

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'Last Days in Vietnam' tells grim truth

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America's glorious past hasn't always produced victories at the end of every journey. Vietnam is arguably the greatest example of where we've fallen short. The end of that struggle arrived after much suffering — on the battlefield and at home. "The American Experience" takes us back once again through that tortuous chapter in our nation's history.

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Still obsessed with Hitler

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Adolf Hitler's been dead for 71 years. He killed himself as the Red Army was closing in on Berlin. The Third Reich was about to crumble under the onslaught from the Soviets, Americans, British and other allied forces. Still, we remain interested in what happened inside the Reich and how this monstrous regime managed to inflict so much misery on so many people.

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Heroin use: a criminal or medical issue?

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It's one of those seemingly insoluble issues: How do you treat illicit drug use and abuse? As the act of a criminal or of someone who needs medical help? Seattle has embarked on a program that shifts the emphasis from law enforcement to the medical professionals.

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