I liked this documentary very much. I have studied our founding pretty intensely for the past 4 years in my retirement and had already read the works of several of the people they interviewed in this documentary. I have also seen a half dozen or so documentaries about slavery in America and read several books devoted exclusively to slavery, the slave trade, and the life of slaves in America - also recommend "Sugar Changed the World" which is really about the slavery in the Caribbean Islands - a far uglier story that our own ugly story about slavery I am not going to deal with some of the complaints hurled at the documentary - A Troy Thomas has done that, and I strongly encourage you to go read his replies to the one and two star reviews. I would like to point out the things that I thought were done extremely well: let us start with BALANCE. This doc is neither a slam against our founders, nor an apology for their slave holding lives. The complexity of the world they inherited, their changing views as they aged, and their personal fears and concerns were all handled very well in a relatively short documentary. The end of the movie is done extremely well in this regard - we are reminded that these men were neither perfect nor evil. They struggled with the world they inherited, and their own personal pressures. They did truly believe in personal liberty, did recognize that it could have a different meaning in a nation without slavery, and did manage to leave the door open enough so that slavery could be ended, and a Constitution which protected slavery so that we could actually have a union, could be amended when a very courageous Mr. Lincoln finally decided to touch the third rail of 19th century politics - slavery, and ended it. The next praise I give is ORGANIZATION. The development of slavery, how it encroached so deeply on life in the South especially, and the various aspects of it - whipping, rape, "cheap favors" from masters to get slaves to work harder, and the awfulness of slave trade - it was all touched upon, and in a better than just a light kiss upon the lips of the subject. Many books and many documentaries devoted entirely to any one of these aspects of slavery have been written, filmed. These filmmakers touched them all, in an informative, organized, and analytical manner. That may have been what they did best. The selection of interviewees was excellent. I am familiar with quite a few of them from my studies. But they did not pick out opinion writers from newspapers, or leaders of groups from one extreme side or the other in the very emotional debate that rages today about slavery and its legacy. They selected accomplished authors - most of whom were teachers of history, directors and historian consultants of many of our national parks that honor our founders, and leaders and founders of organizations devoted to the history of slavery. I will next applaud ANALYSIS - they very skillfully cherry picked the analytical statements of their expert interviewees - such we didn't just get the what. We got the why! We got the opinion of these experts, lifetime students of our history or caretakers of the history of the lives of our founders. I have met a couple of these experts personally, and I know, they are so engrossed in their piece of our history that they could talk forever about it. However, the filmmakers here managed to extract those one or two or three, very precise and summary statements of their analysis, that when the documentary got put together with just a few incisive comments from a half dozen or more historians - we got a very thorough and concise analysis of a very complex history. I thought the ending was done extraordinarily well. I will end with HISTORICAL ACCURACY. Since history is passed on to us by others, and some of it can come from original documents, most of it will come from eyewitness accounts. The closer to the subject the eyewitness, the less likely is the "hearsay" factor. I liked their references to original documents - the earlier drafts of documents like the Declaration of Independence, Madison's notes on the Constitution (no official notes were taken by the way, and the Convention was held in total secrecy - so... this is the best we have), But these film makers did an excellent job of tying the recorded thoughts (letters, earlier drafts, etc) to the ultimate result in our founding documents. Their analysis of what the founders may have been thinking, given the changes that were made, and the final words that emerged is very enlightening. Is that analysis correct? Well, if you think it is not - you have been given the information and sources in this documentary to do you own. And I think that is what the best historians do - they present their analysis, and present the sources from which it came. This is an excellent historical documentary. It attempts to embrace a very complex, centuries long and evolving institution, within the context of our founding, and yet to provide some advice as to how we should see that founding today. And it does it in 80 minutes. I will end my review with pretty much what they said about our founders - perfect? No - perfect is hard to find. An extraordinary effort, and one that leaves the door open for more , much more - yes, absolutely. This is a great documentary - you wont learn everything, but... you will learn enough to want to learn more. And you really should not miss watching this.