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The American President

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
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Episodes:

  • The American President. Episode 01-Family Ties.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode One: "Family Ties" profiles presidents who came from powerful lineages, which can give a candidate a certain cachet - and it doesn?t hurt if there has already been a president in the family.

    Length: 00:00:57
  • The American President. Episode 02-Happenstance.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Two: ?Happenstance? profiles vice-presidents who have been thrust into the high office upon the the death of a sitting president. Often under qualified and ill prepared, they became known in their times as ?the accidental presidents.?

    Length: 00:55:19
  • The American President. Episode 03-An Independent Cast of Mind.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Three: ?An Independent Cast of Mind? profiles presidents who pursued a course that took little account of political affiliation -- to be presidents, in essence, without being politicians. Is independence of mind an admirable trait for a president, or can extreme self-reliance work against the office?

    Length: 00:57:11
  • The American President. Episode 04-The Professional Politician.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Four: ?The Professional Politician? traces the presidencies of four political professionals, one of whom was also a great statesman. But while the skills necessary for political success can be helpful to a president, they are not in themselves sufficient to guarantee success in the office.

    Length: 00:55:02
  • The American President. Episode 05-The American Way.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Five: ?The American Way? profiles presidents who, although they each may have understood the special character of America in different ways, believed there was a distinctly American way of doing things, and that belief guided their decisions.

    Length: 00:56:57
  • The American President. Episode 06-The World Stage.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Six: ?The World Stage? profiles presidents who engaged in the task of securing a stable world, in which American interests can be asserted and defended, at critical times in our national history. But who is in charge of foreign policy, the president or Congress? As the world sped up, the nation came to favor a single, swift voice.

    Length: 00:55:22
  • The American President. Episode 07-The Heroic Posture.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Seven: ?The Heroic Posture? profiles presidents who were national heroes renowned for their selfless service to their country, usually in wartime, before they were elected. But war and politics don?t necessarily mix.

    Length: 00:55:06
  • The American President. Episode 08-Compromise Choices.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Eight: ?Compromise Choices? profiles presidents whose primary qualification for the office often seemed not to be their positive qualities but their relative lack of negative ones.

    Length: 00:57:10
  • The American President. Episode 09-Expanding Power..

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Nine: ?Expanding Power? examines presidencies that were benchmarks in the development of executive power. Seen here is the emergence in practice of our modern conception of the executive office, and the men who fought to sustain it.

    Length: 00:54:23
  • The American President. Episode 10-The Balance of Power.

    Get to really know 41 of our nation's greatest leaders - powerful men like Truman, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. Each video depicts their triumphs, travesties, and legacies and expertly portrays how they left indelible marks on our nation. Episode Ten: ?The Balance of Power? profiles presidents who, although they had different conceptions of governance within a constitutionally structured balancing act, all provided leadership in eras of increasing divisions between the branches of government.

    Length: 00:58:24

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