Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions, and introduce new ideas and perspectives.
TPT Passport is now proudly the home of this wide-ranging collection of Ken Burns’ favorites. For a limited time, you can gain access to a full-spectrum of historical films in topics from baseball to the Roosevelts, to how great buildings were made and more. A truly American historian, Ken Burns’ emotional storytelling brings history to life.
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The story of Baseball is the story of America. It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime.
David McCullough narrates the series, which vividly portrays the terrible conflict that tore this country apart and defined the United States as a nation. Archival photographs and period paintings join newsreel footage of civil war veterans, live cinematography of battle sites, interviews with eminent historians and a chorus of voices reading from diaries, letters, speeches and newspapers of the era.
Explore the history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.”
This two-part documentary explores the life of one of America’s greatest architects — hated by some, worshipped by others and ignored by many. Using archival photographs, live cinematography, interviews, newsreel footage and home movies, the film tells the story of Wright’s turbulent life and his extraordinary professional career.
Jackie Robinson explores the legacy of a man whose exemplary life and aspirational message of equality continues to be a major influence on the lives of countless Americans. It illuminates how Robinson, after baseball, continued his fight against discrimination as an irascible, widely-read newspaper columnist, tireless fundraiser and advocate for the civil rights movement, and divisive political activist. And it will look back at a pioneering entrepreneur and devoted family man who struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of black leaders set a more militant course for the Civil Rights movement.
Jazz is born in the unique musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, emerging from several forms of music, including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, European classical music, funeral parade music and, above all, the blues. Musicians who advance early jazz in New Orleans include Creole pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, cornetist Buddy Bolden and clarinet prodigy Sidney Bechet.
Two women. One allegiance. Together they fought for women everywhere, and their strong willpower and sheer determination still ripples through contemporary society. Recount the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as they strive to give birth to the women’s movement. Not until their deaths was their shared vision of women’s suffrage realized.
The lives of the three great Roosevelts — Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor — are captured in this series. Ken Burns and producer, Paul Barnes describe the lives and times of these three American icons who influenced 20th century American history more than perhaps any other family. Through wars, revolutions, depressions, movements, the three led the country through what was called America’s century. At times they had little in common but for one thing they always had in common . . . their ability, desire and conviction to lead.
Take a look at how the Mayo Clinic, which is “world renowned for its medical arts,” has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years, and what it can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today.
Hear the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem – told from their perspectives — who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989 in this documentary.
The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some — but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.
The Vietnam War is a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
This series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson tells the story of the first African- American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports Heavyweight Champion of the World — and his struggle, in and out of the ring, to live life as a free man.
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