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Episode Detail: Thomas Jefferson - Ken Burns American Stories

Ossie Davis narrates this two-part 1997 biography of Thomas Jefferson, the statesman---and slaveholder---who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson “embodied contradictions common to the country whose independence it fell to him to proclaim,” Davis says, and Burns enlists an impressive array of historians to plumb both Jefferson's genius and his “dark side” (as the University of Virginia's Andrew Burstein puts it). Part 1 traces Jefferson's first 45 years and spends considerable time on the Declaration of Independence. “He gave us our creed,” notes George Will. Sam Waterston provides Jefferson's voice.

Episodes: Ken Burns American Stories (32)

1/15/2003: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 8
12/16/2002: Thomas Hart Benton    Season 1, Episode 11
11/4/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 5
10/28/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 4
10/14/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 3
10/7/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 2
1/14/2002: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 7
1/24/2001: Jazz: Risk (1945-1955)    Season 1, Episode 20
1/23/2001: Jazz: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)    Season 1, Episode 19
1/15/2001: Jazz: The True Welcome (1929-1935)    Season 1, Episode 9
1/10/2001: Jazz: Our Language (1924-1928)    Season 1, Episode 18
11/8/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 22
11/7/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 21
11/5/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 2
11/4/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 1
9/24/1996: The West: One Sky Above Us    Season 2, Episode 10
9/23/1996: The West: The Geography of Hope    Season 2, Episode 9
9/22/1996: The West: Fight No More Forever    Season 2, Episode 8
9/19/1996: The West: The Grandest Enterprise Under God    Season 2, Episode 7
9/17/1996: The West: Death Runs Riot    Season 2, Episode 6
9/17/1996: The West: The Speck of the Future    Season 2, Episode 5
9/16/1996: The West: Empire upon the Trails    Season 2, Episode 4
9/15/1996: The West: The People    Season 2, Episode 3
9/26/1994: Baseball: The Capital of Baseball (1950-1960)    Season 1, Episode 16
9/26/1994: Baseball: The National Pastime (1940-1950)    Season 1, Episode 15
9/22/1994: Baseball: Shadow Ball (1930-1940)    Season 1, Episode 14
1/29/1992: Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio    Season 1, Episode 10
3/20/1989: The Congress    Season 1, Episode 17
10/15/1986: Huey Long    Season 1, Episode 13
10/25/1985: The Statue of Liberty    Season 1, Episode 1
8/7/1985: The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God    Season 1, Episode 12
5/24/1982: Brooklyn Bridge    Season 1, Episode 6

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Premiered: October 06, 2002, on PBS
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Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.'

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