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Drawing Teddy

Theodore Roosevelt courted the press in a way that no other president had before. A media magazine of the era, The Moving Picture World, wrote that “Roosevelt “is such an overmastering personality that we go the length of expressing the hope that moving pictures of him may be preserved in safe custody for future reference.”
All images courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Watch The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Sunday-Saturday, September 14-20, 2014, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET; and again from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET

  • Debra Kusnetz

    This is a terrific addictive mini series. Brilliantly done . A must NOT miss……..

  • Liz Licciardi

    This mini series was amazing. I was glued to watching all week! A history lesson and fascinating look into the personal lives of the Roosevelts. So enjoyable and enlightening!

  • Flora Amici

    What great cartoons these are !!! They weren’t in the documentary, were they? And I don’t think “Teddy’s Bear” was “sickly”, but rather an orphan. I don’t approve of hunting today, but at least TR used his taxidermed animals to help populate the NY Natural History Museum on Central Park West. In those days, there was more curiosity than interest in protecting animals and that’s why TR’s refusal to kill the little baby bear was so unusual. It’s strange to me that Ken Burns left out TR’s very important influence on the concept of the “teddy” bear and the effect the event had on his popularity and legacy.

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About Ken Burns
For over 25 years, filmmaker Ken Burns has been producing films that are unafraid of controversy and tragedy. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.Visit the Ken Burns Website
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