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Ken Burns' American Lives is a collection of outstanding biographies and stories of some of America's most celebrated pioneers and historical figures. The collection includes biographies of Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Horatio Nelson Jackson, and boxer Jack Johnson.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoNot for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony||Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of women everywhere.||3:05:21||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThomas Jefferson||Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, the most sacred document in American history, yet condemned as a lifelong owner of slaves, Thomas Jefferson remains the enigma that is America.||2:52:11||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoFrank Lloyd Wright: A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novick||He was a master builder, a rebel and a worshipper of nature. Frank Lloyd Wright left behind a legacy of beautiful homes and buildings, and changed America's approach to architecture forever.||2:36:58||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoMark Twain||Samuel Clemens rose from a hardscrabble boyhood in the backwoods of Missouri to become, as Mark Twain, America's best known and best loved author.||3:31:33||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoHoratio's Drive: America's First Road Trip||In the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled "horseless carriage."||1:48:45||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoUnforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson||"Unforgivable Blackness" tells the story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports, and his struggle to live his life as a free man.||3:32:31||$4.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoLewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery||The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.||3:27:19||$4.99||View In iTunes|
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Horatio's Drive-my personal favorite
This is a delicious, unexpected gem. Tom Hanks and Keith David deliver a folksy, humble narrative about America's first true coast to coast road trip. This feat was mindblowingly difficult considering 1) there were no paved roads across the entire length of America 2) no gas stations, motels, or repair stations 3) and NO reliable maps--the many streets had no names or connecting roads. It's a story you never heard before, yet it's ethos is something we can all universally identify with...the call of the open road.
Unforgivable Blackness shows Jack Johnson in full. As superhuman and very human - great and flawed. Watching it, you fear him and you fear for him. A beautiful and harrowing look at a man who cut across the prejudices of this country like a scythe. This is Burns at his best.
This is certainly the best documentary I have ever seen. For three and a half hours I was entranced, watching the lifetime of Samuel Clemens go before my eyes. So well executed, this is nearly a work of art more so than anything else.