First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Source: History Classroom

Based on the book First Mothers, this special explores the lives of the women who raised some of the most renowned U.S. presidents: formidably aristocratic Sara Delano Roosevelt; zealous pacifist Ida Eisenhower; family matriarch Rose Kennedy; stoic Hannah Milhous Nixon; courageous Dorothy Ford; outspoken Peace Corps member Lillian Carter; would-be actress Nelle Reagan; champion athlete Dorothy Bush; gambling, hard-living Virginia Clinton; and the enormously popular Barbara Bush, who has been both First Lady and First Mother.

Through interviews with selected presidents, as well as a host of historians and scholars, this two-part documentary examines the importance of the mother-son relationship in the Oval Office.

60-minute runtime; 2 year copyright clearance.

March 19, 26 at 6:00AM ET/PT

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