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Reflecting on Past U.S. Presidents

This President’s Day, join us in reflecting on past leaders whose legacies are still felt today.  What can we learn from how the United States has been governed in the past, and how did personal crisis, love, and politics play a role?  The documentaries highlighted here will take you on a presidential journey to the past that feels extremely relevant in today’s modern political landscape.

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George Washington was the first President of the United States and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.  He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution.  Widely admired during his time and still today, Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College not once, but twice.

With all of these accomplishments, it got us thinking: “How would President Washington’s communication style have differed if social media existed when he was in office?”  Politicians in the 21st century are now expected to communicate to the masses through social media – sometimes to the point of scrutiny.  Their every word is sent to millions and instantly fact-checked and analyzed across the world.  Would the original “father of our country” have been viewed any differently if he communicated in tweets?

Our original, exclusive documentary #GeorgeWashington plays out that exact scenario, as historians analyze George Washington’s voluminous correspondence.  Setting out his contacts and letters in the modern framework of a Facebook profile gives Washington’s busy and productive career a new transparency.  Watch the film today and tweet about what you think using #GeorgeWashington!

Additional Featured Content

Presidents in Crisis – What can we learn from history about presidents in crisis? Before they led America through national crises, Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson were all transformed by personal trauma. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reveals the all too human men who became legends.

 

Lessons from the Presidents: Balancing Work, Love and Play – Doris Kearns Goodwin is back again to share her unique understanding of some of our greatest presidents. In this engaging lecture, she provides leadership lessons we all can learn from in our never-ending pursuit to live our fullest and most successful lives.

 

Lincoln’s Last Night – Through dramatic reenactments, this powerful documentary takes you on Abraham Lincoln’s journey from his early years as a rising politician through his presidency, the Civil War, to his untimely death.

 

JFK: Fact & Fable – Television made Jack Kennedy the ultimate celebrity during his presidency. However, the JFK we remember is the one his wife, Jackie, created after his death. From Air Force One to the Oval Office to the Rose Garden, Jackie Kennedy designed the symbols of presidential power still used today.

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Jackie Kennedy and the Modern Presidency

JFK: Fact and Fable is an exclusive original CuriosityStream documentary that explains how television made John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy the ultimate celebrity during his presidency, yet the JFK we remember is actually the one his wife, Jackie, created after his death.

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You’ve heard the phrase: “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.”  In no case is this more true than in the story of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and legacy, the topic of our exclusive original documentary, JFK: Fact and Fable.

If you think you know what to expect, guess again.  The JFK we remember is the one that Jackie Kennedy created.  While she was always pictured by her husband’s side, few people know how much of an impact she made on her own.  From the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to Air Force One, Jackie’s stamp was on everything, and still remains today.  Have you ever noticed how the presidential seal appears whenever the president speaks?  That’s thanks to Jackie.  How did welcoming ceremonies for foreign leaders go from simple airport greetings to elaborate hosted events at the White House?  Jackie again.  And just hours after JFK’s death, still in a blood-splattered dress and carrying the grief of a world in shock, Jackie directed that his funeral reproduce the rites of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral a century earlier.  That decision would forever link JFK to Lincoln.

“He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.” – Jackie Kennedy

Jack and Jackie were both obsessed by the judgements of history.  Two weeks after Jack’s death, Jackie famously stated, “He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.”  She devoted the rest of her life to making him just that.  Today, JFK still remains the most popular U.S. president among those who have no living memory of him.

Watch the trailer below and to learn more about JFK and the influence Jackie had,  revisit our original JFK quiz and stream JFK: Fact and Fable in its entirety, only on CuriosityStream.

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A Look Back at American Politics

It’s almost impossible to escape American politics in today’s media. But if you want to take a break from the headlines of 2016, look back at some key moments that have helped to shape America’s political landscape in the featured history content below. Happy streaming!

Harvard University political scientist Danielle Allen explores the bold minds and historical circumstances that resulted in one of the greatest political writings in history, the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Abraham Lincoln was the first president from the Republican party up until his tragic assassination. Revisit Lincoln’s journey, from his early years as a rising politician through his presidency, the Civil War, and ultimately his death.

 

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The JFK we remember today is the one his wife Jackie created. From Air Force One to the Oval Office to the Rose Garden, learn how Jackie Kennedy designed the symbols of presidential power still used today.

 

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Through her unique understanding of some of our greatest presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer and presidential biographer, provides lessons we all can learn from in our pursuit to live our fullest and most successful lives.

 

Michael Hammerstrom is CuriosityStream’s Manager of Marketing and Engagement. Follow him on Twitter @mhammerstrom.

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