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TELLING AMERICA’S STORIES

The Better Angels Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about their history through documentary film. Our goal is to educate, engage and provoke thoughtful discussion among people of every political persuasion and ideology.

We work to ensure historically significant films are completed, broadcast, promoted, and shared in ways that reach and inform as many people as possible through robust educational and civic outreach. The Society is currently raising funds for Ken Burns’s films in production and planned over the next ten years.

We are also working to ensure that the next generation of documentary filmmakers, inspired by Ken Burns and his team, receive the education, mentoring, training, and support they need to continue his legacy.

“More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.”

Stephen Ambrose, Historian

“History can help us connect with our better angels.” 

Walter Isaacson, Author

“Ken Burns brings to life our American history like no one else, and does it in a way that is riveting, relevant and impactful. Simply remarkable.”

Admiral Michael Mullen, Better Angels Society Board Member

” I am drawn to Ken’s ability to bring history to life and to ensure that future generations remember the history, both good and bad, of our country. It’s really about the stories that his documentries preserve.”

Michelle Smith, Better Angel Board Member and Country Music Donor

WINNER OF THE FIRST LIBRARY OF CONGRESS LAVINE/KEN BURNS PRIZE FOR FILM ANNOUNCED!

The Better Angels is proud to sponsor awards dedicated to the next generation of documentary filmmakers.

The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Winner: FLANNERY

The Better Angels Society announced FLANNERY as the first-ever winner of The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film on October 16, 2019!

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Announcing The Next Generation Angels Award Winners for 2019

The Better Angels Society is sponsoring National History Day individual documentary awards for middle and high school students. Students begin their journey by presenting films in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world.

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The immediate goal of The Better Angels Society is to complete funding for the documentary films currently in production, as well as the educational engagement tools that accompany each film. In addition, we are funding specific projects that fulfill a larger long-term mission, such as film restoration and preservation, supporting a new generation of filmmakers, and creating the Ken Burns legacy.

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Upcoming College Behind Bars Screenings

September 19 - November 19

9/19: San Francisco, KQED/ Commonwealth Club 9/23: Denver, Rocky Mountain PBS 9/25: NYC, NY- Center for American Progress/ John Jay College of Criminal Justice 9/28: Los Angeles, CA-  Justice on

College Behind Bars Premiere on PBS

November 25 - November 26

Episodes 1 and 2 will air nationwide on PBS stations on Monday, November 25, followed by Episodes 3 and 4 on Tuesday, November 26. Mark your calendars and spread the