Not sure how many other history nerds out there can relate, but I love stumbling across a good history documentary on Netflix. My wife and I found this little gem a few weeks back and have been watching it through an episode or so per week. Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is an in-depth look at the lives of two of America’s most iconic presidents. Can you guess who the stars are?
Each episode is fairly long, and if you tend to lean towards the conservative camp politically you’ll find plenty of bias in the historians’ opinions, but overall the series is really enjoyable. There’s lots of insightful history to Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, and they set up a good narrative between the two, tying things neatly together with their mutual relation Eleanor Roosevelt.
Care to find out what drove Teddy to become a cowboy out west? Not sure when Franklin lost the use of his legs? Ever wondered how we got two presidents with the same last name? Okay, so maybe that last one’s not so rare anymore. Regardless, if you enjoy American history, give The Roosevelts: An Intimate History a chance some night when you’re browsing Netflix.