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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

September 14-20 at 8:00pm on TV 26 and WETA HD

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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Sun., September 21, 2014
9:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Rising Road (1933-39)  

As America's 32nd president, FDR introduces the Great Depression initiatives collectively known as the New Deal, which help to alleviate suffering and restore people's self-confidence. Eleanor, meanwhile, serves as her husband's liberal conscience and becomes a political force in her own right. As the decade's end looms, FDR faces two important issues: whether to run for an unprecedented third term; and how to deal with the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

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Sun., September 21, 2014
9:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Rising Road (1933-39)  

As America's 32nd president, FDR introduces the Great Depression initiatives collectively known as the New Deal, which help to alleviate suffering and restore people's self-confidence. Eleanor, meanwhile, serves as her husband's liberal conscience and becomes a political force in her own right. As the decade's end looms, FDR faces two important issues: whether to run for an unprecedented third term; and how to deal with the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

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Sun., September 21, 2014
11:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Common Cause (1939-1944)  

FDR prepares a reluctant America to enter World War II; and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps chart the course toward Allied victory. Eleanor, meanwhile, works to maintain the New Deal reforms during wartime; and travels to the Pacific to comfort wounded soldiers. In 1943, FDR is diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but decides to hide his condition and seek a fourth term.

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Sun., September 21, 2014
11:30 am
(120 minutes)

The Common Cause (1939-1944)  

FDR prepares a reluctant America to enter World War II; and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps chart the course toward Allied victory. Eleanor, meanwhile, works to maintain the New Deal reforms during wartime; and travels to the Pacific to comfort wounded soldiers. In 1943, FDR is diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but decides to hide his condition and seek a fourth term.

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Sun., September 21, 2014
1:30 pm
(120 minutes)

A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)  

FDR wins a fourth term in office and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but dies from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war in Europe. After his death, Eleanor becomes a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. Following her 1962 death, she is mourned as the First Lady of the World.

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Sun., September 21, 2014
1:30 pm
(120 minutes)

A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)  

FDR wins a fourth term in office and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but dies from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war in Europe. After his death, Eleanor becomes a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. Following her 1962 death, she is mourned as the First Lady of the World.

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

Boundary Stones

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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Submit Your Roosevelt Selfie!

Nationals fans and Teddy

Submit a photo of yourself at a Washington, D.C. area Roosevelt landmark and you could win a free DVD boxed set of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History!

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Roosevelt Memorials in Washington, D.C.

Statue on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Throughout the year, hikers, runners and birders flock to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River. But, it's not just a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It's also a living memorial to President Roosevelt's conservation ideals.

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FDR Memorial

Washington's Two Memorials to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

You've probably visited the FDR Memorial on the Tidal Basin. Dedicated in 1997 with four open rooms symbolizing the late President's four terms in office, it hosts 2.5 million visitors per year. But did you know that Washington, D.C. has a second, much older memorial to FDR at 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW?

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Local funding for the broadcast provided by GEICO, George Washington's Mt. Vernon and Foundation for the National Archives.

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