Ken Burns Explores Roosevelt Legacy in New Documentary

11:54 AM, Nov 3, 2013   |    comments
7. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd president from 1933 to 1945 -- Net worth: $60 million Roosevelt's wealth came through inheritance and marriage. He owned the 800-acre Springwood estate, as well as properties in Georgia, Maine and New York. In 1919, his mother had to bail him out of financial difficulty. He spent most of his adult life in public service. Before he was president, Roosevelt was appointed assistant secretary of the Navy by President Wilson.
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WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Filmmaker Ken Burns says he wants to tell the story of the Roosevelts, both strengths and flaws, in his upcoming documentary on one of America's most famous political families.
 
Burns previewed parts of the 14-hour series Saturday during a Roosevelt family reunion on the grounds of the Georgia polio clinic purchased by President Franklin Roosevelt. The film airs next year and explores the history of Roosevelt, his wife, Eleanor, and President Theodore Roosevelt.
 
Burns said the Roosevelt political legacy remains relevant now as U.S. leaders debate how big the federal government should be.
 
The Roosevelts featured in the film lived and governed during a time of enormous change in the U.S, including the country's emergence as a world power, the Great Depression, World War II and the civil rights struggle.

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