FILM LIFE: Chapter 15: The American Presidents and the History of the United Statesby Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 3 hours ago | Public
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln
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1. A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America (2014 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary
The Star-Spangled Banner is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their ... See full summary »
The American Presidents and the History of the United States
Smithsonian Channel: A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America. ________
Wikipedia: The Star-Spangled Banner. _____________
Wikipedia: United States. __________________________________
Years of the United States of America
Wikipedia: List of years in the United States. _________________________
Culture of the United States
Wikipedia: Culture of the United States.
Wikipedia: Race and ethnicity in the United States.
Wikipedia: Demography of the United States.
2. What Is Democracy? (2018)
107 min | Documentary
This documentary examines the philosophy behind the concept of Democracy, from ancient Athens to modern Greece and the American Civil Rights movement.
Votes: 25 | Gross: $0.01M
Issac Asimov quote: "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"
Wikipedia: History of democracy.
Wikipedia: Athenian democracy.
Wikipedia: Types of democracy. ____________
Amazon Books: Democracy - Ideologies & Doctrines. ____________
Amazon Books: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.
Wikipedia: Democracy in America. ____________
Amazon Books: How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt.
3. The Words That Built America (2017 TV Movie)
TV-G | 59 min | Documentary
The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights represent much more than just words used by America's Founding Fathers. To celebrate them, this ... See full summary »
Director: Alexandra Pelosi
Biography (1987– )
George Washington: Founding Father
TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary, Biography
Explore the truths and explode the myths of the man who remains "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen."
George Washington quote: "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
5. Founding Fathers (2000– )
TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History
Witness the birth of the American republic.
The Founding Fathers are the individuals of the Thirteen British Colonies in North America who led the American Revolution against the authority of the British Crown and established the United States of America.
Historian Richard B. Morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key Founding Fathers:
John Adams. Benjamin Franklin. Alexander Hamilton. John Jay. Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. George Washington. ________
Wikipedia: Founding Fathers of the United States. _______________
Constitution Facts: Founding Father's Reading List. ____________
Amazon Books: Founding Fathers: The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America.
Amazon Books: 1776 by David McCullough.
Amazon Books: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn.
Amazon Books: Locke: Two Treatises of Government by John Locke.
Amazon Books: Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Montesquieu.
Amazon Books: The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay.
Amazon Books: The Constitution of the United States by Delegates of the Constitutional Convention. ____________
Amazon Books: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
Amazon Books: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.
History Specials (2010– )
TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, History, War
Thomas Jefferson is the most researched, most written about, most referenced, and most quoted of our Founding Fathers. And yet, somehow, he remains the most stubbornly inscrutable. Embrace ... See full summary »
Thomas Jefferson quotes: "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."
Biography (1987– )
Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Freedom
TV-14 | 48 min | Documentary, Biography
Put aside the textbook tales for a candid look at the unpredictable life of one of our nation's greatest leaders.
Star: Jack Perkins
History.com: Thomas Jefferson.
American Experience (1988– )
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History
From his humble beginnings as an immigrant, to his infamous death, the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton is explored.
Alexander Hamilton quotes: "A promise must never be broken."
"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man."
"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought."
Wikipedia: Alexander Hamilton. ____________
Amazon Books: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
James Madison quote: "Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power."
10. Benjamin Franklin (2002– )
210 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The story of the renowned American polymath.
Benjamin Franklin quotes: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes."
Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin. ____________
Amazon Books: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin.
Amazon Books: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.
Biography (1987– )
Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World
TV-14 | 49 min | Documentary, Biography
Franklin's own words come alive in this detailed portrait of America's first great statesman and Renaissance man.
History.com: Benjamin Franklin - American Revolution.
12. John Adams (2008)
TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
John Adams quote: "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."
13. To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine (2016 TV Movie)
60 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Thomas Paine's life was a great arc. He arrived in Philadelphia as a remarkably unremarkable thirty-seven-year-old only to change the world, and then have the world he changed turn its back... See full summary »
Link: 'To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine' Official Site.
Thomas Paine quotes: "These are the times that try men's souls."
"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture."
"I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave to himself to his present opinion, because he preludes himself the right of changing it."
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." ____________
Amazon Books: Thomas Paine: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle.
Documentary | Filming
There is a fear that without a nationwide set of shared values - a baseline for discourse and change - we will only see the divide and partisanship in America deepen.
Director: James Kicklighter
15. American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals (2008 Video)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History
This documentary fulfills a unique niche by taking a non-partisan, unbiased approach to the history of Liberalism and Conservatism in the United States. The film starts at the foundation of... See full summary »
Link: 'American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals' Official Site.
Wikipedia: Conservatism in the United States.
Wikipedia: Liberalism in the United States.
16. American Creed (2018)
82 min | Documentary
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences and points of view to ... See full summary »
17. The American President (2000– )
The American Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt quote: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." _______________________________________
Declassified Audio Tapes from the US White House
IMDb Watch Now Link - Warning - Viewer Discretion is Advised - Contains Offensive Language: Full Movie (All the President's Tapes). __________
History.com: U.S. Presidents - Facts, Pictures, Videos & Speeches. ________
Wikipedia: President of the United States. ________
Wikipedia: Politics of the United States. ________
Wikipedia: Political parties in the United States.
Wikipedia: List of political parties in the United States. ________
Wikipedia: Republican Party (United States).
Wikipedia: Democratic Party (United States).
18. I Approve This Message (2015)
72 min | Documentary
Keith Blandford, a regular guy from SC, was fed up with all the corrupt politicians working for special interests. He decided to run for US Congress as a third party candidate. This is his story and the story of third parties in America.
19. The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents (2013– )
A detailed, and unbiased, look at the 43 men who have been the presidents of the United States of America.
IMDb External Link: 'The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents' Official Site | HISTORY.com.
20. The Presidents (2005– )
45 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served.
"Wanted: Ambitious individual for leadership position. Be prepared for difficult application process and stressful work environment. Challenges: many. Rewards: numerous. Failure: possible. Your employer: The American People. The few chosen have been 'The Presidents'." _______________________________________
IMDb Links: List of the Presidents of the United States
President | Presidential Term
1. George Washington (1789-1797). 2. John Adams (1797-1801). 3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809). 4. James Madison (1809-1817). 5. James Monroe (1817-1825). 6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829). 7. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837). 8. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841). 9. William Henry Harrison (1841). 10. John Tyler (1841-1845). 11. James K. Polk (1845-1849). 12. Zachary Taylor (1849-1850). 13. Millard Fillmore (1850-1853). 14. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857). 15. James Buchanan (1857-1861). 16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865). 17. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869). 18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877). 19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881). 20. James A. Garfield (1881). 21. Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885). 22. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) - (Two non-consecutive terms) 23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893). 24. Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) - (Two non-consecutive terms) 25. William McKinley (1897-1901). 26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). 27. William Howard Taft (1909-1913). 28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921). 29. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923). 30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929). 31. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933). 32. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945). 33. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953). 34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961). 35. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963). 36. Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969). 37. Richard Nixon (1969-1974). 38. Gerald Ford (1974-1977). 39. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981). 40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989). 41. George Bush (1989-1993). 42. Bill Clinton (1993-2001). 43. George W. Bush (2001-2009). 44. Barack Obama (2009-2017). 45. Donald Trump (As of January 20, 2017). ________
Wikipedia: List of Presidents of the United States. ____________
Amazon Books: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents by William A. DeGregorio.
Amazon Books: Presidential Elections 1789-2008 by CQ Press (Editor).
Amazon Books: Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History by John Dickerson.
Amazon Books: Campaigning for President - Political Memorabilia From the Nations Finest Private Collection by Jordan M. Wright. _________________
Listen to the Children
IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Dear Mr. President). _______________________________________
United States Government Films in the Public Domain
FedFlix: Free Movies - Download & Streaming - Internet Archive. ___________
Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: Work It Out ft. Dave Matthews - Jurassic 5.
21. First Ladies: Influence & Image (2013– )
Biographies of each of the first Ladies from Nartha Washington to Michelle Obama, featuring host Susan Swain and a panel of two historians on each episode.
IMDb External Watch Now Link: 'American Presidents: Life Portraits' Official Site.
23. The Great Presidential Debates (2015 Video)
G | 420 min | Documentary, Biography, History
IMDb External Links: 'The Great Presidential Debates' Miscellaneous Sites.
Wikipedia: United States presidential debates.
24. Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI (2018– )
An examination of the long, complex history of American presidents testing the rule of law and the FBI trying to enforce it. Featuring interviews with current and former U.S. government officials.
IMDb External Link: 'Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI' Official Site | SHOWTIME.
America's Book of Secrets (2012– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary
Over the last centuries, there have been four successful presidential assassinations and a multitude of failed attempts. But do we know the real story behind these assassination plots?
26. Evidence of Revision: The Assassination of America (2006 Video)
Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, History
IMDb Watch Now External Links: 'Evidence of Revision: The Assassination of America' Miscellaneous Sites.
27. The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (2010 TV Movie)
52 min | Documentary
The movie offers a fresh and candid viewpoint on life and work behind the famous facade of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Wikipedia: Oval Office.
28. Backstairs at the White House (1979)
540 min | Drama, History
Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
America's Book of Secrets (2012– )
The White House
TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary
An inside look at the secret protocols, elite security and hidden history of the world's most public of private residences. What is the most secret room in the White House and what makes it... See full summary »
30. The White House: Behind Closed Doors (2008 TV Movie)
31. Echoes from the White House (2001 TV Movie)
32. The West Wing Documentary Special (2002 TV Movie)
42 min | Documentary
Celebrating the people of the real West Wing, this documentary features interviews with former Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Ford, Secretary of State Kissinger, and more than a dozen ... See full summary »
Link: Miscellaneous Sites | American Cinematographer Article.
Wikipedia: West Wing. ________
Wikipedia: Federal government of the United States.
Wikibooks: United States Government/The Three Branches.
33. In Search of the Constitution (1987)
Not Rated | Documentary, History
In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? How do ordinary citizens, ... See full summary »
34. The Congress (1988 TV Movie)
TV-G | 90 min | Documentary
The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.
Wikipedia: United States Congress - Legislative branch
Wikipedia: United States Senate.
Wikipedia: United States House of Representatives. ____________
Amazon Books: Congress and Its Members by Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, Frances E. Lee, Eric Schickler.
Pritzker Military Library Presents (2006– )
David J. Barron: Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS
David J. Barron examines the ongoing struggle between Presidents of the United States and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war.
36. America's Diplomats (2016)
Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary
Narrated by Kathleen Turner, America's Diplomats explores the role of diplomats in shaping America, through the eyes of those on its front lines. From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, the film ... See full summary »
37. Manifest Destiny (II) (2011)
210 min | Documentary
Manifest Destiny is a three part documentary series on the history of American foreign policy. Part I is called "To Conquer or Redeem," which chronicles the westward expansion of the United... See full summary »
Wikipedia: Manifest destiny.
38. America: From the Ground Up! (2014– )
Join Dr. Monty Dobson on the expedition to uncover America's archaeological history. The series follows Monty as he explores archaeological sites along America's ever shifting frontier and ... See full summary »
History of the United States - Chronological
"Every day we walk on top of thousands of years of history. The natural wonders in the landscape and the sidewalks of our cities hold the secrets of America's past. Those stories are waiting there to be discovered by us. Join me on public television for an exciting expedition to uncover those hidden stories as I dig into the archaeological history of America from the Ground Up!" - Dr. Monty Dobson
Official Link & IMDb External Watch Now Pilot Link: 'America: From the Ground Up!' Official Series Site & Vimeo Hosted Pilot. ____________
Amazon Books: 1491: Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.
Amazon Books: 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann.
Amazon Books: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. ________
History of the Americas.
Timeline of United States history.
List of years in the United States.
Outline of United States history.
History of the United States. _______________________________
Native Americans in the United States.
Norse colonization of North America.
Voyages of Christopher Columbus.
European colonization of the Americas. ______________________
History of North America
Wikipedia: History of North America.