On-Demand: Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union

On-Demand: Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union

Now Streaming On-Demand: This two-hour documentary traces American democracy of our republic from the Revolutionary War to current day. 

Providing robust historical context, Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union chronicles changes in American ideas of democracy, from the American Revolution and the earliest days of the Republic through Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement and the suppression of the Black and Mexican American vote in the 1960s and 1970s. The film tracks former President Barack Obama’s path to the presidency. It also explores how identity politics and changing ideologies across the country helped pave the way to the election of former President Donald Trump and the events that followed.

Watch the Episode: (Available through 1/5/2025)

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Narrated by Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: Special Victims UnitJournal for JordanCowboy Bebop), Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union chronicles the history of the democratic system from its origins to the present. It addresses political divisiveness and threats to democracy around the world, considering global progress as well as regression and offering reflections on lessons learned.

Providing robust historical context, Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union chronicles changes in American ideas of democracy, from the American Revolution and the earliest days of the Republic through Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement and the suppression of the Black and Mexican American vote in the 1960s and 1970s. The film tracks former President Barack Obama’s path to the presidency. It also explores how identity politics and changing ideologies across the country helped pave the way to the election of former President Donald Trump and the events that followed.

Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union features interviews with political experts, activists, journalists and historians, including Valerie Jarrett (former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States), Janet Napolitano (former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security), Fiona Hill (Presidential Advisor and former official at the U.S. National Security Council), Robert Costa (journalist and author, Peril), Jelani Cobb (writer, author and educator), Janai Nelson (Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.), Ramesh Ponnuru (political journalist), Steven Cook (Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations), Mutale Nkonde (Founding CEO of AI For the People), Alexis Coe (Presidential Historian and New York Times bestselling author), Marcia Chatelain (historian) and Eric Foner (historian), among others.

Support for Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union is provided by The Chang K. Park Foundation, The Anderson Family Charitable Fund, Janet Prindle Seidler, Ronnie and Lawrence D. Ackman, The Dorothy Y. Pacella Fund, Josh Weston, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg and Elaine C. Wilson.

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