The first ladies

PBS Distribution (Firm)

DVD - 2012

Five of the most well known and influential first ladies.

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Biographical television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary television programs
[United States] : PBS 2012.
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PBS Distribution (Firm)
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Physical Description
2 videodiscs (420 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, widescreen and full screen.
Not rated.
Production Credits
Dolley Madison: American experience presents ; a production of tpt National Productions in association with Middlemarch Films, Inc. for American experience ; produced by Muffie Meyer, Julia Morrison ; directed by Muffie Meyer. Originally broadcast Mar. 1, 2010.
Eleanor Roosevelt: A film by Ambrica Productions, Inc. in association with the American Experience ; produced by Kathryn Dietz, Sue Williams. Originally broadcast Jan. 10, 2000.
Lady Bird: A co-production of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions & KLRU ; produced and directed by Ricki Green. Originally produced c2001.
Betty Ford: A production of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in association with KCET Desert Cities ; produced, written and directed by Mary Beth Durkin. Originally produced c2009.
Nancy Reagan: produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and KLRU, Austin, Texas ; produced, written and directed by Mary Beth Durkin. Originally broadcast Feb. 6, 2011.
  • Dolley Madison : America's first lady
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Lady Bird
  • Betty Ford : the real deal
  • Nancy Reagan : the role of a lifetime.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Five of the most influential and controversial First Ladies are profiled in this production. The segments on Dolley Madison and Eleanor Roosevelt feature narration accompanied by photographs and re-enactments of historic events. The biographies of Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, and Nancy Reagan are principally first person narratives that also incorporate commentary by historians, relatives, and friends with video footage of the time. Dolley Madison is considered our nation's first First Lady because she was the first of the presidents' wives to play a role in the politics of the time and formed alliances to help her husband's political agenda. Eleanor Roosevelt, both admired and controversial, was considered the most powerful woman in America. She advocated for the disadvantaged and influenced America's social policies. Lady Bird Johnson called her husband's attention to the marginalized in our country and was influential in advocating for civil rights. Betty Ford was always honest, especially when it came to sharing her battles with breast cancer and substance abuse. Nancy Reagan added strength to the role of First Lady and was a gatekeeper for her husband and his closest confident. Students will learn about the events, attitudes, and politics of the times through the lives of women who made a difference. An excellent choice for American history classes.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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