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: 11

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.

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: 121

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: 49

Wikipedia: We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry. ___________________

The American People

Wikipedia: Americans.

Wikipedia: Columbia (name).

4. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

Votes: 81

Wikipedia: Faces of America. _________________________

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.

5. Dream On (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

Is the American Dream alive or dead? Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out in Dream On. This epic road trip retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Weisberg | Star: John Fugelsang

Votes: 11

The American Dream

Wikipedia: American Dream.

Wikipedia: Democracy in America.

Wikipedia: Dream On (film).

6. 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: 70 | 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.

7. 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

14. 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

15. The American Constitution: The Road from Runnymede (1992)

57 min | Documentary

The American Constitution: The Road from Runnymede, a 1992 film narrated by Christopher Reeve, guides young viewers through 600 years of political struggle from the Magna Carta in 1215 to ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Bruno Borgman, Bill Nesti, Christopher Reeve, Jerry Robbins

The United States Constitution

Wikipedia: Magna Carta.

Wikipedia: English law.

Wikipedia: Institutes of the Lawes of England.

Wikipedia: Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Wikipedia: Articles of Confederation.

Wikipedia: Philadelphia Convention.

16. 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

17. The US Constitution (1987– )

180 min | Documentary, Drama

In this mini-series of six 30-minute programs in documentary format, host Bill Moyers shows junior high and high school students how the Constitution is designed to adapt dynamically to ... See full summary »

Star: Bill Moyers

18. 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: 27

19. 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: 46

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

20. 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

22. The Family (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary

An enigmatic Christian group known as The Family wields enormous influence in Washington, DC, in pursuit of its global ambitions.

Stars: James Cromwell, Jeff Sharlet, Doug Hampton, Tessa Albertson

Votes: 860

23. 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."

24. 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: 48 Thomas Jefferson.

25. 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: 71

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.

26. Hamilton's America (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

Hamilton's America delves even deeper into the creation of the Hamilton musical, revealing Lin-Manuel Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

Director: Alex Horwitz | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Paul Ryan

Votes: 835

Wikipedia: Hamilton (musical).

27. 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."

28. 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: 144

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.

29. 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: 54

30. 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: 25,415

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."

31. 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.

32. 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

33. 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

34. 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: 126