Preview Screening and Discussion, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

Special guests: John Kasson and William Leuchtenburg from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. This seven-part, fourteen-hour documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.

  • John Kasson is professor of history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Fellow at the Center in 1980–81 and 2009–10. A cultural historian, his most recent books include The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America (2014) and Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America (2001).
  • William Leuchtenburg is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leading scholar of the life and career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Center and was a Fellow from 1978 to 1981. He is the author of more than a dozen books on twentieth-century history including In the Shadow of FDR (1983; fourth edition, 2009).