History airs from September 25 The Presidency of the United States by Bill Clinton (American Presidency with Bill Clinton), a new series presented and produced by former President Bill Clinton, which explores, in six episodes, the history of the American presidency and the struggle for a more perfect nation.
In The Presidency of the United States, one of the most remembered and admired former presidents of the United States, Bill Clinton assesses how presidential actions at a wide range of critical moments in the country helped to promote or delay the creation of an unbeatable nation. The production features interviews with experts and historians, as well as testimonials from renowned authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon, as well as Dr. Douglas Brinkley, Dr. Edna Medford Green, Dr. HW Marcas and George Takei. Each episode tackles a different theme in US history: race, extremism, the struggle for rights, presidential vision, world power, and economic power.
Former President Clinton is one of the few people alive who understands the responsibility of being the Decider-in-Chief (term used for the presidents of the United States, created by George W. Bush) in the critical moments of the history of that nation. All the first presidents, since George Washington, had to define the expressions “We, the People” (We The People) and “More Perfect Union” (More Perfect Union), both in situations of growth and of great anguish. And they all had to make difficult decisions that could unite or divide the country.
The series takes an integral look at a variety of presidential actions that pushed the United States forward, such as Eisenhower’s order for federal troops to enter Little Rock and ensure the safety of the “Little Rock Nine”; President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation; and Lyndon B. Johnson’s enactment of the Electoral Rights Act of 1965—the most important civil rights law yet.
The US Presidency also addresses presidential decisions that further divided the country, such as Herbert Hoover’s “repatriation campaigns” that led to the massive expulsion of Mexican-American citizens during the Great Depression; and Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the systematic arrest of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans, taken to prison camps.
The premiere episode is union and inequality. Racism has been a major and persistent problem in the United States since the time of its founding. But while some of its presidents have led the nation towards a more harmonious union, others have thwarted its progress. How can presidential actions help improve racial equality?