The Congress

Season 1
 (26)
1989TV-G
For 200 years, The United States Congress has been one of the country’s most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant and thoughtful portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this American institution.
Starring
David McCullough
Genres
Special Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Congress
    March 19 1989
    1 h 29 min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    For 200 years, The United States Congress has been one of the country’s most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant and thoughtful portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this American institution.

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Directors
Ken Burns
Producers
Ken BurnsStephen Ives
Season year
1989
Network
PBS
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Emily R WolfeReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
no longer appealing
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I was hoping to show this to my seniors in Government class but there is no way after watching it. I could barley stay awake.
debbie padiosReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good presentation
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Excellent research
Blue DragonflyReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seeing history gives me hope for our future
This is an excellent film about the U.S. Congress in so many ways. David McColluogh is such an insightful historian and he is able to pick out the strengths and weaknesses in our history. Watching this I see that we have been through so many periods of divisiveness in our history and have come through it with our democracy intact. This gives me hope as I watch it in November of 2021; after an insurrection on our Capitol and congress people who have given their allegiance to a corrupt ex-president and forgotten their oaths to the people they are supposed to represent. It is sad to see the same issues that have been the core of congressional debate over the centuries still haunt our country today. Those issues are the rich vs. the common person and civil rights. It never seems to get resolved. As the film points out, there are many lawyers who have served in Congress. Perhaps there needs to be more historians who know the history of this nation? Another thing that stands out for me in this film is that congressional members need term limits so that no one person or faction gains too much power over the congress. The president has term limits, why not congress? That would enable us to bring people with fresh perspective to our legislative body. Even though this is an older film it stands up to time in expressing the values of this country and the vision for its establishment and future. The photography is beautiful, too. It is a shame that with the current unrest in our country, people are not now free to wander through the capitol building as in the past.
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