T.R. and His Times

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  • Theodore Roosevelt-cowboy, soldier, explorer, hunter, historian, reformer, naturalist, and last but not least, President of the United States. He led America exuberantly into the 1900s, but for all his unswerving patriotism and over-brimming confidence, his tenure as Chief Executive was as laden with complexity as the new century itself. In this program, Bill Moyers joins Roosevelt biographer David McCullough at T.R.'s summer home at Oyster Bay, Long Island. Together they explore the foremost Rough Rider's incendiary career, which, politically speaking, ended not with his presidency but at the conclusion of World War I.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 26, 2010.
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  • Moments Great and Small (2:55) -- Moyers on History (2:56) -- Turn of the Century Nationalism (2:29) -- Theodore Roosevelt Symbol of Vigor (2:38) -- February 15, 1898: Battleship Maine Sunk (2:30) -- McKinley Hesitates--TR Does Not (2:00) -- TR's Moment of Glory: Rough Riders (3:31) -- America the Empire: War in the Philippines (2:28) -- McKinley Assassinated in Buffalo (1:51) -- TR: Something for Everyone (2:27) -- Theodore Roosevelt's Domestic Policies (3:32) -- Immigrant Life: Exploited Humanity (4:02) -- No "Hyphenated Americans" (2:31) -- Women's Issues (3:14) -- Political Cartoons: Commentary on the Times (2:12) -- Automobiles and Airplanes (3:35) -- Nickelodeon Precursor to TV News (2:52) -- TR's Moral Duty (2:18) -- World War I: Burnt Path Across History (3:18) -- T.R. and His Times - Credits (1:08)
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