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A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) 

The war - and the resulting levels of work and security - had kept Franklin Roosevelt out of public sight. By the spring of 1944 however, he was seriously ill with bronchitis. This ... See full summary »


Ken Burns




Episode credited cast:
Jonathan Alter ... Himself - Writer
H.W. Brands ... Himself - Biographer
Patricia Clarkson ... Daisy Suckley (voice)
Blanche Wiesen Cook Blanche Wiesen Cook ... Herself - Biographer
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Wilson (archive footage)
Paul Giamatti ... Theodore Roosevelt
Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself - Historian
Edward Herrmann ... Franklin Roosevelt (voice)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Knox ... Wilson (archive footage)
Marguerite LeHand ... Herself (archive footage) (as Missy LeHand)
William Leuchtenburg William Leuchtenburg ... Himself - Historian (as William E. Leuchtenburg)
Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth ... Herself (archive footage)
George C. Marshall ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself - Historian


The war - and the resulting levels of work and security - had kept Franklin Roosevelt out of public sight. By the spring of 1944 however, he was seriously ill with bronchitis. This information was kept from the public with his doctor issuing far more positive medical reports. The event most had been waiting for finally occurred on June 6, 1944 when Allied forces landed in France. Among those going ashore was FDR's cousin and longtime political foe Theodore Roosevelt Jr., a Brigadier General who led his men in the attack at Utah beach. Less than a month later however, Theodore Jr. died of a massive heart attack. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his D-Day heroism. FDR's failing health was hidden from the public but apparent to all those he met including Stalin and Churchill. After his death, Eleanor continued with her own causes at one point saying that now felt free to speak her own mind for the first time in her life. She died in November 1962. Written by garykmcd

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20 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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The final, and somewhat maudlin, installment.
22 December 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The final episode of the Ken Burns series "The Roosevelts" is an awfully maudlin and depressing one---and that's to be expected. After all, Franklin was gravely ill late in the war and had congestive heart failure--so it was only a matter of time before he died. Additionally, when it picks up with Eleanor and her life post-Franklin, it's also sad because she is an old lady and you know the show must end with her death. Among the topics covered in addition were Franklin's clandestine meetings with his mistress, Lucy, his telling her about D- Day BEFORE it occurred (this seems treasonous when you think about it, though the show just glossed over it), Eleanor's work with forming the UN and their declaration of rights as well as her political involvements in the 1953, 56 and 60 political races. Overall, about as well done as previous installments and a heck of a good mini-series.

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