Five must watch PBS Documentaries

With the debut of Ken Burns’  The Roosevelts tonight on PBS, we will once again surely see why Public Broadcasting produces and airs better TV documentaries than anybody. Here are five must watch PBS historical documentaries from this admitted PBS junkie.


Ken Burns: The Civil War 

The granddaddy of all TV documentaries came out in 1990, when I was in High School. I watched it start to finish then, and have watched at least a dozen times start to finish since. It is by far the most complete documentary you will ever see.

Empires – The Roman Empire in the First Century

This PBS documentary is more Roman lifestyle focused than political. The First Century C.E. was a tranquil time for Rome by comparison of what had happened in the last century B.C.E.  and what was to come in the subsequent centuries for the empire.

American Experience – Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Most American Experience PBS programs are worthwhile but this one is a particular standout. Reconstruction is an era that is often glossed over in American history but this program creates much raw emotion when watching it. A must see. 

Eyes on The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965

Last year, we featured the final installment of the second series of Eyes on the Prize because it revolved around race relations in Miami. But the precursor to that series was the excellent mid 1980’s documentary about the Civil Rights movement in the south. Almost thirty years on, it remains a timeless classic of an era which many now are beginning to forget about.


American Experience: The Presidents

The American Experience President’s series features ten twentieth century Presidents. My favorite of the series is the documentary on Truman which is a more intimate portrait of one of our greatest leaders than anything available on TV or DVD.

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  1. The owners of this fake blog are racists. They had twitter suspend our account because they are Crist operatives. They do not want the precious racist Florida Democratic Party hurt. Several months ago, Leslie interviewed Nan Rich for her popular radio show. During that time, she found out that Emily’s List refused to even include Rich on their list, let alone endorse her. NOT EVEN INCLUDE HER. Did this blog run by Crist and the racist Florida Democrats do anything to ensure that Rich got a fair shake in the party? Crist refused to debate her. This was tantamount to disrespect. Where was your voice? Crist ignoring a woman who was running for Governor, the first and the recipient of NOW’s Susan B. Anthony Award deserved better.

    Who is Leslie Wimes? She is an advocate for women. She stands by the principles of the Democratic party. You wonder why she brings up race? Seriously? Like women, blacks don’t have a voice in Florida. She is trying to change that by starting the Democratic African American Women’s Caucus. I’m helping her get the word out. I set up the Wikipedia page because I think it is incredibly powerful that she is giving a voice to black women when they YES THEY will sway your Democratic election and none of you have made any attempt to listen to what’s impt to them. Instead you say she’s talking too much about race. Any one of you that says that is a bigot and a bully because there is no way that you cannot acknowledge that race is an issue in America. And berating Leslie isn’t going to make it go away. Demeaning her will not make it go away. Calling her names doesn’t make it disappear. It only proves that you are intimidated by the conversation.

    The Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic Women’s Club is refusing to certify the caucus. They want Leslie and her black friends to stay under the thumb of an all white executive leadership.

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