Profiles in Courage (TV Series 1964–1965) Poster


Episode List


Season 1

8 Nov. 1964
Oscar W. Underwood
A finely study of a relatively obscure figure, Oscar W. Underwood, and a probe of his fight against the Ku Klux Klan at the Democratic Party convention of 1924, which cost him the presidential nomination.
15 Nov. 1964
Mary S. McDowell
Mary S. McDowell is a Brooklyn school teacher at the outbreak of WWI. As a Quaker she is reluctant to support a war in any manner, including signing a loyalty oath demanded by the school board.
29 Nov. 1964
Thomas Hart Benton
In 1850 Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri hopes for California statehood. Knowing it will not be admitted as a slave state he fights Senator Calhoun's bill that would forbid Congress from voting against slavery in the Territories.
6 Dec. 1964
Richard T. Ely
In 1894, Richard T. Ely is a professor at the University of Wisconsin. When the politically appointed school superintendent attacks his character and his method of teaching Professor Ely stands up for the principles of academic freedom.
13 Dec. 1964
Sam Houston
Gov. Sam Houston's losing battle to keep Texas in the Union during the secession crisis.
20 Dec. 1964
Governor John M. Slaton
The story of Gov. John Slaton of Georgia, who in the early 1900s pardoned Leo Frank, who had been convicted of and sentenced to death for raping and murdering a young girl. Slaton believed that Frank, who was Jewish, had been convicted not on the evidence but because of rampant anti-Semitism on the part of the prosecution and the jury. Slaton's decision outraged the public, but as it turned out, he was right--several years later it was revealed that it wasn't Frank who committed the murder but a local handyman.
27 Dec. 1964
John Adams
As a young lawyer and politician, John Adams takes on the unpopular task of defending in court the British soldiers who fired on a crowd in the so-called Boston Massacre of 1770.
3 Jan. 1965
Robert A. Taft
In 1946 many Nazis are sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trials. Senator Robert A Taft of Ohio questions the legality of these trials since the men have no chance for appeal and since their crimes were enacted after the fact.
10 Jan. 1965
Anne Hutchinson
In early Boston, midwife Anne Hutchinson is put on trial for preaching her unorthodox religious beliefs and criticizing the local ministers.
17 Jan. 1965
General Alexander William Doniphan
In 1838 tensions are rising between the Mormons and the other settlers of Missouri. General Alexander W. Doniphan faces a moral dilemma when he is ordered to go to war against the Mormons.
24 Jan. 1965
John Peter Altgeld
Illinois Governor, John Peter Altgeld, reviews the cases of the men convicted in the Haymarket Riots. When he becomes convinced that they did not receive a fair trial he considers granting an unpopular pardon.
31 Jan. 1965
Frederick Douglass
The story of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who fled to the North in the days before the Civil War. Douglass decided to use his writing and oratorical skills to lead the fight to abolish slavery, a risky move because the Fugitive Slave Act allowed an escaped slave to be captured anywhere in the US and returned to his owners in the South.
7 Feb. 1965
Daniel Webster
In 1850 Daniel Webster is a US Senator from Massachusetts and an outspoken abolitionist. Fearing the breaking up of the Union, he risks his reputation and his political career when he considers supporting the Missouri Compromise.
14 Feb. 1965
Woodrow Wilson
In 1916 Woodrow Wilson nominates Judge Louis D. Brandeis to the US Supreme Court. As a Jew and as a judge who has stood up to special interests, Judge Brandeis faces intense opposition.
21 Feb. 1965
Prudence Crandall
In 1833, Prudence Crandall runs a girls boarding school in Canterbury CT. Trouble ensues when she accepts the application of Sarah Anderson, an African American.
28 Feb. 1965
Andrew Johnson
In 1860 Andrew Johnson is a US Senator from Tennessee. He desperately tries to keep his home state from seceding from the Union, risking his reputation, his political future, and his life.
7 Mar. 1965
Hamilton Fish
In 1869 Cuba is struggling for its independence from Spain. Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish, working against the corrupt administration of President Grant and the public's desire for war, continues to seek a diplomatic solution.
14 Mar. 1965
Charles Evans Hughes
In 1920 the New York Legislature threatens to expel 5 members who are in the Socialist Party. Since they were legally elected and part of a recognized political party , Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes speaks out in their defense.
21 Mar. 1965
Edmund G. Ross
In 1868 President Andrew Johnson appoints General Thomas to replace Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War, against the wishes of Congress. This leads to his impeachment trial. Kansas Senator Edmund G. Ross will cast the deciding vote.
28 Mar. 1965
George W. Norris
In 1917 a lame duck US House of Representatives passes the Armed Ships Bill. Nebraskan Senator George W. Norris, calling it an indirect declaration of war, leads a filibuster against the bill.
4 Apr. 1965
Grover Cleveland
In 1887 President Grover Cleveland goes up against the GAR when he threatens to veto the Veterans Dependent Pensions bill. He also supports lowering a popular tariff, risking further condemnation.
11 Apr. 1965
John Quincy Adams
In 1807 British warships are raiding US vessels and conscripting US sailors. Thomas Jefferson asks Senator John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts to help pass an embargo that might devastate the economy of the Senator's home state.
18 Apr. 1965
John Marshall
In 1807 Aaron Burr is on trial for treason. President Jefferson and the majority of Americans are certain of his guilt. Presiding over the case is Chief Justice John Marshall who wants a fair and constitutional trial for Burr.
25 Apr. 1965
Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey
The true story of Judge Ben B. Lindsey, a judge in Denver, Colorado, who led the fight in the early 1900s for a separate judicial system for teenage offenders, who at the time were being sent to adult prison with hardened convicts.
2 May 1965
George Mason
In 1887 George Mason refused to sign the US Constitution because it did not contain a Bill Of Rights for individuals. At the Virginia Ratification Convention he spoke against its ratification until it contained a Bill of Rights.
9 May 1965
Thomas Corwin
The story of U.S. Senator Thomas Corwin, a rising star in the Whig party in the 1840s who was one of the few political leaders to oppose the US-Mexican War initiated by the administration of President James Polk.

 Season 1 

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