Reflections on freedom of speech are offered in dramatic recitations by Mason Adams (Clarence Darrow), Edward Herrmann (Lincoln), Nancy Marchand (Margaret Chase Smith), Anthony Zerbe (Joseph McCarthy).
The subject of checks and balances among the three branches of Government are explored through the words of John Marshall, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Archibald Cox and Andrew Jackson. Cast: Henderson Forsythe, Edward Herrman, Laurence Luckinbill.
The concept of power is examined in dramatic recitations by Mason Adams (John C. Calhoun), William Roerick (Daniel Webster, Douglas MacArthur), Henderson Forsythe (Dwight Eisenhower) and Darren McGavin (Will Rogers, Harry Truman).
The oratory of American thinkers, leaders and heroes is re-created. Daniel Webster: William Roerick. Rabbi Stephen Wise: John Rubinstein. Lucy Stone: Nancy Marchand. Woodrow Wilson: Mason Adams. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Ken Howard.
American foreign policy is examined through the words of Benjamin Franklin (John Houseman), Woodrow Wilson (Mason Adams), Franklin Roosevelt (Laurence Luckinbill) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Nancy Marchand).
The battles over prison reform, Prohibition, antitrust laws and nuclear disarmament are studied. Theodore Roosevelt: Sam Waterston. Dorothea Dix/Jane Addams: Elizabeth Ashley. Albert Einstein/Al Capone: Anthony Zerbe. Host: William F. Buckley Jr.
Thoughts on going to war are offered by John Rubinstein (as Patrick Henry and Charles Lindbergh), Henderson Forsythe (Lyndon B. Johnson), Leslie Uggams (Shirley Chisholm), John Houseman (Benjamin Franklin) and Mason Adams (Woodrow Wilson).
The issue of slavery is examined through the words of Sojourner Truth (Lynne Thigpen), Daniel Webster (Ken Howard), John Brown (Mason Adams), Jefferson Davis (Darren McGavin), Abraham Lincoln (Edward Herrmann) and William Lloyd Garrison (John Rubinstein). The host of the program is William F. Buckley Jr.
The struggle of minorities to achieve equality is explored through the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Elizabeth Ashley), Susan B. Anthony (Nancy Marchand), Tecumseh (Claude Marcus), Frederick Douglass (James Earl Jones), and Sojourner Truth (Lynn Thigpen). William F. Buckley Jr. is the series host.
The nature of American political campaigns is reflected in dramatic recitations by Darren McGavin (as Will Rogers), Mason Adams (Henry Adams), Laurence Luckinbill (FDR) and Anthony Zerbe (Richard Nixon).