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American Presidents, The

American Presidents, The

This series provides a fresh and relevant narrative (developed with the former producer of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report") about the men who led this country through change—from an early idea of democracy to our first African-American President.

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  • Revolution and the New Nation & Expansion and Reform (#101)

    This episode includes short-form biographies of the first 11 U.S. presidents—beginning with George Washington and the birth of a nation to the "dark horse" James Polk. The educational bonus feature "The Making of the Presidency" explores how and why the United States selected presidency over monarchy. [51 minutes]

  • Civil War & Reconstruction and Development of the Industrial U.S. (#102)

    The second episode includes short-form biographies of the 12th-25th U.S. presidents—beginning with Zachary Taylor and the threat of southern succession and a civil war to William McKinley and the 100-Day War. The educational feature "We the People" explores the important role immigrants have played in U.S. history. [60 minutes]

  • The Emergence of Modern America & The Great Depression and WWII (#103)

    The third episode includes short-form biographies of the 26th-32nd United States Presidents—beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and the anti-trust movement to WWII President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The educational feature "The Presidency in Wartime" explores the past and present wartime powers of our Commanders in Chief. [46 minutes]

  • Postwar United States & Contemporary United States (#104)

    The fourth episode includes short-form biographies of the 33rd-44th United States Presidents—beginning with Harry Truman and the country's postwar economic recovery efforts to the incumbent Barack Obama. The educational feature "The Presidency and the Economy" explores the important role the President and Federal Government play in managing our nation's financial health. [74 minutes]

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