Contenders: America's Most Original Presidential Candidates
Date: May 2016
Duration: 0 hours 57 minutes
The arduous, often unpredictable journey to the U.S. presidency has attracted some of the most unique characters in history. With “unusual” presidential candidates grabbing headlines for the foreseeable future, Contenders shines a welcome spotlight on individuals that felt inspired to offer their uncommon perspectives and special talents to lead the nation. From heartbreaking near-misses (Stevenson, Bryan) and historic firsts (Woodhull, Chisolm, Smith), to campaigns that never stood a chance (Allen), Contenders provides fascinating insights into the American political process, along with unforgettable tales of the individuals we've met along the way. Featuring:Victoria Woodhull: The First Woman to Run for PresidentWilliams Jennings Bryan: The Speech That Changed PoliticsAdlai Stevenson: A Candidate in the Age of TelevisionMargaret Chase Smith: Cold War in PearlsShirley Chisolm: The Politics of PrincipleGracie Allen: The Joke that Became a CampaignThe “Veep”: Alben Barkley's “Buck” Stopped with Harry TrumanAnd more!