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Ken Burns examines the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947 lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line. Burns reveals fascinating stories about the legend’s life after baseball.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart I||Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve.||1:51:59||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart II||Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.||1:53:29||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAnderson Monarchs||A little league team from Philadelphia celebrates Jackie Robinson's legacy.||4:24||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIn the Thick of It||After baseball, Robinson stays on the front lines of change.||5:10||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLifelong Hero||Fans, teammates and friends recall their first encounter with Jackie Robinson.||6:39||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReady to Play||Stories of Jackie Robinson's renowned competitive spirit.||5:43||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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This story is not black history, but American history. Good, bad, and sadly, the ugly, but beautifully told for everyone to learn about a true hero despite his political beliefs.
An amazing slice of American history!
Great job by Ken Burns. Jackie Robinson lived an amazing life. He was a pioneer in baseball, blazing a trail in sports and succeeding at he highest level. But he didn't stop there, as he felt compelled to use his fame to improve he lives of his fellow Americans. While his views may have been controversial, you have to respect the fact that he wasn't afraid to share them despite the pushback he received.
But my favorite part of this documentary was how it humanized such a great figure. We see Jackie as a husband and father, watching him face the same struggles as the rest of us with child rearing and health. It reminds us that our heroes are human beings just like us, and so maybe we too have the potential to accomplish great things through hard work and conviction.
Again, this was a great slice of American history that I think anyone could appreciate.