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Over the course of his long career, Wright designed over 800 buildings, including such revolutionary structures as the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple and Taliesin. Wright's buildings and his ideas changed the way Americans live, work and see the world around them. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural achievements were often overshadowed by the turbulence of his melodramatic life. In 92 years, he fathered seven children, married three times and was almost constantly embroiled in scandal. Some hated him, some loved him, but in the end, few could deny that he was the most important architect in America “ and perhaps the world. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life.
A young Thomas Jefferson from the Virginia wilderness is transformed by the fire of the Enlightenment into his countrys most articulate voice for human liberty. Torn between serene family life at Monticello and his passion for politics, Jefferson suffers heart breaking personal loss, even as he gives voice to a new era of democratic government. He then journeys to Paris as US Minister to France for George Washington and supports the rising French Revolution. Returning from France, Jefferson strives to preserve the new, fragile American government and helps create the first political party through his bitter struggles with the Federalists. As third President of the United States, he doubles the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase, but faces controversy and scandal, finally retiring to his beloved Monticello. His last years are spent founding the University of Virginia and re-establishing his friendship with John Adams. By the end of his remarkable life, he had advanced the cause of religious, political and intellectual freedom everywhere and had changed the course of human events.
This riveting two-part documentary follows Jack Johnson's remarkable journey from his humble beginnings in Galveston, Texas, as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing, where, in turn-of-the-century Jim Crow America, the heavyweight champion was an exclusively "white title". Despite the odds, Johnson was able to batter his way up through the professional ranks, and in 1908 he became the first African-American to earn the title Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Johnson's victory set in motion a worldwide search for a Great White Hope to restore the title to the white race. And when no one could be found to beat the champion in the ring, his own government tried to destroy him in the courts, using his relationships with white women as the excuse to prosecute him. Determined to live his life regardless of the confines imposed by his colour, Jack Johnson emerges as a central figure in America's ongoing struggle to deal with the question of race.
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THE WEST comes to life in this penetrating history that overturns old stereotypes, discovers new personalities and explores the triumphs and tragedies that make THE WEST the source of some of the most compelling stories in American history.