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Title: The Roosevelts, an Intimate Portrait
Post by: gitano1 on November 28, 2015, 09:25:10 AM
I have been watching all of the various Ken Burns documentaries on Netflix. Long ago when his Civil War was released I became a fan. I have watched others as well, The Dust Bowl, Jazz, and Baseball. I am neither a fan of Jazz nor of baseball, but both documentaries were riveting to watch. The tragedy of the dust bowl years as shown by Burns is a pretty perfect lead in to the Roosevelts.
The Roosevelts is concerned with Theodore and Franklin, the cousins who both held the highest office in the land. They were, as I tended to think of them, separated by so many years, though Teddy was a Republican (some would consider him a RINO: Republican In Name Only), and Franklin was Democrat, though by modern standards he would likely be more comfortable in today's Republican party. He was no socialist, and he was something very few modern Democrats are, a patriot. Both TR and FDR loved their country and were very patriotic.
I was also struck by the contributions of Eleanor Roosevelt. There is no question as to why African-Americans moved from the party of Lincoln to the Democrat Party in the 1930s. Eleanor was deeply interested in undoing segregation and building the equal treatment for Black Americans in the workplace and all other areas. In this she was a real variance with both her own party and the Republicans. FDR contributed to a lesser degree than his wife, but was still way ahead of the rest of his party and the opposition party.
What also stuck me is how charismatic Roosevelt was, how much he was loved, and what powerful leader he was despite his terrible infirmities. His gentleness, his dedication to other victims of polio speaks volumes about the character of the man. I know that Burns's editing is designed to present him in the best light possible, but had he not been a great a man as he was it would not have been possible to say the things that are said about him. When I compare him to the men who have held the same office during my lifetime, going back to Harry Truman, I can find none who can even deserve to stand in his shadow.
I have read several biographies of Winston Churchill, as well as many of his books. He loved and admired Roosevelt which to me is really strong commentary on FDR himself.
Switching back to Teddy, he is a very different character, but, again, an exceptional man. Probably one of the most outstanding characteristics of the man was his incredible intelligence combined with his remarkable personal courage. It seems a characteristic that was passed down to his own children and the other Roosevelt either genetically or through a desire to emulate the man. He and Franklin were both born leaders of men with all of the most important elements of character and personal integrity necessary to be among the greatest men to hold the office of President of the United States.
This is a terrific series, approximately 14 hours long which gives a great historical perspective on the first half of the 20th Century. I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: The Roosevelts, an Intimate Portrait
Post by: Thumb on November 28, 2015, 09:53:33 AM
Sounds interesting, I may just watch them but I have a feeling it may make me more angry than I am now with the way our leaders are handling things now.
Title: Re: The Roosevelts, an Intimate Portrait
Post by: gitano1 on November 28, 2015, 09:54:47 AM
I think it definitely gives you perspective.