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The Presidents Connect today's election issues with the past

Purchase Presidents Videos and DVDs

American Experience has presented television biographies of American presidents since 1990. The Presidents series won a Peabody Award in 1997 and individual programs have been recognized with major awards, including Emmys and Alfred I. duPont/Columbia Journalism Awards.

"Each program is an exquisite production; together, they represent a rich and valuable body of work, presenting a perfect blend of cinematic technique, historical perspective and compelling narrative... Much as the presidencies themselves provide a framework for modern American history, these films stand for time as a major part of the public record of these very public lives."
-- Peabody Awards

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The Presidents collection includes:

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter (2002)
"A wonderful story? You bet it is, and it is a story wonderfully told... the latest addition to [American Experience's] outstanding series of presidential portraits." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant (2002)
"A fascinating tale." -- The New York Times

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (2002)
"Quality alert. History comes alive." -- Detroit Free Press

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2001)
"Historical documentary doesn't get any better." -- Houston Chronicle

Ronald Reagan

Reagan (1998)
"Fans and foes alike will be sucked into the compelling history of Reagan." -- Oakland Tribune

Harry S. Truman

Truman (1997)
"Unvarnished and truly engaging... marvelously intimate and unfailingly absorbing." -- USA Today

Theodore Roosevelt

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (1996)
"What's most rewarding about TR is the magnificent tall tale it tells that also just happens to be true. What a life, what a story, what a man, what a show." -- Washington Post

Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR (1994)
"Impressionable, often startlingly vivid portrait of the political career of the century." -- Wall Street Journal

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ike (1993)
"A vibrant, sharply etched portrait." -- Wall Street Journal

John F. Kennedy

The Kennedys (1992)
"Abounds in vitality and vigor." -- Variety

Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ (1991)
"Historical filmmaking at its deepest and classiest, a full, warm-blooded, 10-gallon-sized portrait." -- Los Angeles Times

Richard M. Nixon

Nixon (1990)
"A poignant portrait of a man who had it all and blew it." -- Chicago Sun-Times

 

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