The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a new seven-part, 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns that will air September 14 - 20 at 7:00 p.m. on public television stations throughout the country. The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.
The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts made - the creation of national parks and the digging of the Panama Canal, the New Deal and the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights around the world. It is also an intimate human story about love and betrayal, family and courage.
Legendary actress Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings. Joining Streep are Paul Giamatti as the voice of Theodore Roosevelt and Edward Herrmann, two-time Emmy Award nominee for his performance as Franklin Roosevelt, as the voice of FDR.
“This is a special program that will appeal to anyone with an interest in our nation’s history, “ said Cindy Bigger, a Pioneer Public TV Community Advisory Board member who is helping to organize the event with the help of several local sponsors. “There will be door prizes and a brief discussion following the screening.”