American Experience (PBS). Narrated by David McCullough from the "Presidents Series," this film documentary entitled, "F.D.R." is a consummate and comprehensive biography of the 32nd president of the United States.
"The policies and persona of Franklin Roosevelt set the cast of the "modern" presidency. He was unquestionably the most vital figure in the nation, and perhaps the world, during his 13 years in the White House. Engendering both admiration and scorn, FDR exerted unflinching leadership during the most tumultuous period in the nation's history since the Civil War...Died April 12, 1945."
Tape 2, Part 2 entitled "Fear Itself" centers on FDR's polio experience where he is "...stricken with polio; spends the next seven years trying to regain the use of his legs; Sara Roosevelt tries to persuade FDR to abandon his political career, but Eleanor encourages him to remain in politics..." The PBS web site presents the actual full-length narration transcript for the 4.5-hour video as well as historical information about Roosevelt's life and presidency. A helpful Teacher's Guide to the film is included. A David Grubin Productions, Inc. film for The American Experience, WGBH Educational Foundation and David Grubin Productions, Inc. © 1994 All Rights Reserved.