What We Learned from Watching Ken Burns on “The Roosevelts”

Diane Ravitch's blog

I recently criticized PBS for ignoring the corporate assault on public education (with the exception of Bill Moyers), but the current airing of Ken Burns’ monumental series on “The Roosevelts” is television at its finest. We would not expect to see this seven-part, fourteen-hour series anywhere but on PBS. I sat glued to the television for seven straight nights. What struck me most forcefully was that the three great figures chronicled: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor–all felt a keen responsibility to stand up to the members of their own class and fight for the majority of Americans. Seeing this was a reminder that no one in high political office today is capable of defying the source of political campaign cash: Wall Street, the billionaires, and the big corporations.

No one has expressed these ideas better than this article by historian Joseph Palermo, which appeared on Huffington Post.

Palermo writes:

By exploring…

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