A Biography of America (2000)

Genres - History  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Biography of America is a series designed to present American history as a contiguous narrative, not a randomly associated stream of events, people, and places. Each episode is designed to present a facet of American history from a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives. Intended for use in the classroom, this set functions well as a complete telecourse or as a library of information on specific topics within American historical dialogue. The intent of each episode is to show the human side of history and to force students to think critically about the past. Each episode is augmented with archival footage and other materials from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. This particular episode examines the Great Depression and the response to it by one of America's most popular leaders. Also included is a detailed portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the way she transformed not only the role of the First Lady, but also the role of American women.