THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Originally broadcast in 1985, The Statue of Liberty tells the story of the quintessential American monument which has served as a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman as young immigrant children, and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life. The Better Angels Society is seeking to raise $132,500 to restore this film in full.
Originally broadcast in 1988, The Congress explores the history and promise of one of the country’s most important and least understood institutions. It tells the story of the Capitol building itself – including its burning by the British in the War of 1812 and its completion in the midst of the Civil War – and chronicles the extraordinary personalities, events and issues that have animated the first 200 years of Congress and, in turn, the country. The Better Angels Society is seeking to raise $132,500 to restore this film in full.
Originally broadcast in 1997, Thomas Jefferson is a portrait of our enigmatic and brilliant third president, who within his own life embodied one of the most profound contradictions of American history: as the author of the Declaration of Independence, he gave voice to our fervent desire for freedom, but he also owned more than 150 slaves and never saw fit to free them. The Better Angels Society is seeking to raise $185,000 to restore this film in full.
Originally broadcast in 2003, Horatio’s Drive is a testament to the American character – telling the story of Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, who in the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled “horseless carriage.” Most people doubted that the automobile had much of a future. The Better Angels Society is seeking to raise $150,000 to restore this film in full.