FILM LIFE: The American Presidents and the History of the United States | Chapter 16

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"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 »

Director: Molly Hermann | Stars: James Bailey, Bill Boslego, Clent Bowers, Vince Eisenson

Votes: 10

The American Presidents and the History of the United States


Smithsonian Channel: A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America. ________

Wikipedia: The Star-Spangled Banner. _____________

United States

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. Star Spangled to Death (2004)

402 min | Documentary, History

Star Spangled to Death is a 2004 experimental film directed by Ken Jacobs, consisting almost entirely of archive footage, depicting the history of the United States in film.

Director: Ken Jacobs | Stars: Jack Smith, Jerry Sims, Gib Taylor, Bill Carpenter

Votes: 120

History of the United States

Wikipedia: History of the United States.

Wikipedia: Star Spangled to Death.

3. We'll Meet Again (2018– )

50 min | Documentary

Join Ann Curry for a new series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds.

Star: Ann Curry

Votes: 48

4. What Is Democracy? (2018)

107 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

This documentary examines the philosophy behind the concept of Democracy, from ancient Athens to modern Greece and the American Civil Rights movement.

Director: Astra Taylor | Stars: William Barber, Wendy Brown, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici

Votes: 56 | Gross: $0.04M

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: Democracy.

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.

5. NET Journal (1966– )
Episode: Tocqueville's America (1970)

60 min | Documentary, Drama, News

Some interesting predictions made by the young french count Alexis de Tocqueville about the future of democracy in America during an 1831 visit, with specific pertinence insofar as the relationships between black and white were concerned.

Stars: Everett Dirksen, Vance Hartke, Budd Knapp, Eugene McCarthy

How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories: An examination of the American political system through the lens of immigration reform during 2001 to 2007.

IMDb Link: 'How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories' Official Site.

Wikipedia: How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories. _______

Story 1

12. The Senators' Bargain (2010 TV Movie)


Airing on HBO March 24, The Senators' Bargain is the concluding film of "How Democracy Works Now," a documentary series that brings the viewer behind the scenes of American democracy and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

Votes: 16

Story 12

13. 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 »

Stars: Bill Moyers, Mortimer J. Adler, Harry A. Blackmun, Bruce Blair

14. 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

Votes: 22

15. Biography (1987– )
Episode: George Washington: Founding Father (1994)

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."

Stars: Monte Markham, Jack Perkins

Votes: 45

George Washington quote: "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

16. Founding Fathers (2000– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History

Witness the birth of the American republic.

Stars: Keith Arbour, Carol Berkin, Beau Bridges, Richard Brookhiser

Votes: 114

18. History Specials (2010– )
Episode: Jefferson (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."

19. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Freedom (1995)

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

Votes: 47 Thomas Jefferson.

20. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Alexander Hamilton (2007)

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.

Director: Muffie Meyer | Stars: Colm Feore, Mary Bacon, Samuel Barnett, Gerry Bamman

Votes: 70

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.

21. American Ride (2011– )
Episode: Madison


Add a Plot

Director: Matthew Hodgson

James Madison quote: "Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power."

22. Benjamin Franklin (2002– )

210 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of the renowned American polymath.

Stars: Richard Easton, Dylan Baker, Colm Feore, Keith Arbour

Votes: 143

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.

23. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World (1994)

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.

Votes: 53

24. 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.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 25,049

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."

25. 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 »

Stars: Elliott Gould, Ian Ruskin

Votes: 12

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.

26. The American Question

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

27. 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 »

Director: Richard Riggs Hall | Stars: Michael Barone, David Boaz, Donna Brazile, Mona Charen

Votes: 15

28. Explained (2018– )
Episode: Political Correctness (2018)


Political correctness can sometimes feel like a tug-of-war between inclusivity and free speech. Experts discuss the concepts behind the fraught term.

Stars: Jerry Springer, Heidi Kitrosser, W. Kamau Bell, Julia Serano

Votes: 114

29. 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 »

Director: Sam Ball | Stars: Joan Blades, Terrence Davenport, Junot Diaz, Tegan Griffith

Votes: 11

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). __________ 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).

31. 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.

Directors: Zachary Breitengross, Braxton Williams | Stars: Keith Blandford, J. David Gillespie, Jim Gray, Gary Johnson

Votes: 6

32. 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.

Stars: Bruce McGill, H.W. Brands, Richard Norton Smith, Donald Ritchie

Votes: 162

33. 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.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, H.W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley, Richard Brookhiser

Votes: 231


"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 B. 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.

34. 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.

Stars: David Pietrusza, Katherine Sibley, Susan Swain, Cyndy Bittinger

37. 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.

Stars: Scott T. Hinson, Jack Goldsmith, Miah Kane, Tim Weiner

Votes: 174

38. America's Book of Secrets (2012– )
Episode: Presidential Assassins (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary