Profiles in Courage

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  • Season 1
    • Thomas Corwin
      Thomas Corwin
      Episode 26
      5/9/65
      0.0
      The story of Senator Thomas Corwin, of Ohio, who questioned President James K. Polk's reasons for entering into a war with Mexico, in 1846.
    • George Mason
      George Mason
      Episode 25
      5/2/65
      0.0
      The story of George Mason; U.S. Patriot, Statesman, and Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention, who refused to sign the Constitution without the addition of a declaration of specific rights of individuals.
    • Judge Ben B. Lindsey
      4/25/65
      0.0
      The story of Benjamin Barr Lindsey – The Denver, Colorado Judge who was instrumental in the creation of a juvenile court, in Denver, and a pioneer in the movement toward the abolishment of child labor, as well as a crusader against political corruption, in the early 20th century.
    • John Marshall
      John Marshall
      Episode 23
      4/18/65
      0.0
      The story of John Marshall – U.S. Chief Justice, from 1801 to 1835 – who drew criticism from President Thomas Jefferson, for his acquittal of former Vice President Aaron Burr, in Burr's trial for treason, in 1807, despite the fact that Marshall's decision was based on Constitutional Law.
    • John Quincy Adams
      John Quincy Adams
      Episode 22
      4/11/65
      0.0
      The story of John Quincy Adams - 6th President of the United States - And his advocacy of a controversial trade embargo against England and France, in 1807.
    • Grover Cleveland
      Grover Cleveland
      Episode 21
      4/4/65
      0.0
      The story of President Grover Cleveland, whose opposition to what he thought were unjust benefits for Civil War Veterans, cost him his chance for re-election.
    • George W. Norris
      George W. Norris
      Episode 20
      3/28/65
      0.0
      The story of Senator George W. Norris, of Nebraska, and his controversial opposition to President Woodrow Wilson's plan to arm merchant ships, during World War I.
    • Edmund G. Ross
      Edmund G. Ross
      Episode 19
      3/21/65
      0.0
      The story of Senator Edmund G. Ross, of Kansas, who voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson, during Johnson's impeachment proceedings, in 1868, allowing the President to remain in office, by the margin of one vote.
    • Charles Evans Hughes
      3/14/65
      0.0
      The story of Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, who risked his career with his highly unpopular defense of a group of pacifist socialists who - Though legally elected to the New York State Legislature - Were denied their right to take office.
    • Hamilton Fish
      Hamilton Fish
      Episode 17
      3/7/65
      0.0
      The story of Hamilton Fish - Secretary Of State, under Ulysses S. Grant - His opposition to the United States' intervention in the Cuban Rebellion, and his proposal to provide to Cuba the funds needed to purchase it's freedom from Spain.
    • Andrew Johnson
      Andrew Johnson
      Episode 16
      2/28/65
      0.0
      The story of Senator Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, who risked his life and career with his ardent concern for the preservation of the Union, in the 1860s.
    • Prudence Crandall
      Prudence Crandall
      Episode 15
      2/21/65
      0.0
      The story of Prudence Crandall (Janice Rule), a Canterbury, Connecticut Quaker Teacher, who was scorned for admitting black students to her private school, in 1833.
    • Woodrow Wilson
      Woodrow Wilson
      Episode 14
      2/14/65
      0.0
      The story of President Woodrow Wilson's risk of his political career by naming Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court – the first Jew to be appointed to that position.
    • Daniel Webster
      Daniel Webster
      Episode 13
      2/7/65
      0.0
      The story of American Statesman Daniel Webster, his passionate concern for the preservation of the Union, and his anti-slavery convictions.
    • Frederick Douglass
      Frederick Douglass
      Episode 12
      1/31/65
      0.0
      The story of Frederick Douglass, the noted African-American fugitive slave, who risked his freedom with his public crusade against slavery, in the mid-19th century.
    • John Peter Altgeld
      John Peter Altgeld
      Episode 11
      1/24/65
      0.0
      The story of Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld, who was forced to abandon his Senatorial aspirations, after he pardoned 3 men who had been involved with the infamous 'Haymarket Massacre', in Chicago, on May 4th, 1886.
    • Gen. Alexander William Doniphan
      1/17/65
      0.0
      The story of General Alexander William Doniphan, who defied direct orders to execute Mormon Leader Joseph Smith, in Missouri, in 1838, and prevented vigilantes from lynching Smith, and other Mormons.
    • Anne Hutchinson
      Anne Hutchinson
      Episode 9
      1/10/65
      0.0
      The story of Anne Hutchinson (Wendy Hiller), who fought for religious freedom and tolerance in Puritan 17th century New England.
    • Robert A. Taft
      Robert A. Taft
      Episode 8
      1/3/65
      0.0
      The story of Senator Robert Taft, of Ohio (Lee Tracy), whose condemnation of the postwar Nuremberg trials, in the mid-to-late 40s, jeopardized his own political career, as well as the Republican party, as a whole.
    • John Adams
      John Adams
      Episode 7
      12/27/64
      7.5
      The story of John Adams' risk of his life, the safety of his family, his law practice and his political future, with his highly unpopular defense of the British troops who participated in the Boston Massacre, on March 5th, 1770.
    • Governor John M. Slaton
      12/20/64
      0.0
      The story of Georgia Governor John Marshall 'Jack' Slaton, who endured threats of violence, and forfeited a chance at the U.S. Senate, after he commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Leo Frank to a life sentence, in 1915.
    • Sam Houston
      Sam Houston
      Episode 5
      12/13/64
      0.0
      The story of Sam Houston (J.D. Cannon), who – although a slave owner, and opponent of abolitionism – refused to swear loyalty to the confederacy, and strove to keep Texas in the Union, for the Civil War.
    • Richard T. Ely
      Richard T. Ely
      Episode 4
      12/6/64
      0.0
      The story of Professor Richard T. Ely (Dan O'Herlihy), who successfully fought charges of teaching socialistic and subversive ideas, at the University of Wisconsin, in 1894.
    • Thomas Hart Benton
      11/29/64
      0.0
      The story of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who turned against his Democratic party, and risked his political career, with his opposition to slavery, in southern-oriented Missouri, in 1849.
    • The Mary S. McDowell Story
      11/15/64
      0.0
      The story of Mary S. McDowell, the New York City teacher who – due to her strong religious convictions – refused to sign a loyalty oath, during World War I.
    • The Oscar W. Underwood Story
      11/8/64
      0.0
      The story of Senator Oscar W. Underwood, of Alabama, whose condemnation of the Ku Klux Klan cost him both his Senate seat, and his presidential nomination at the 1924 Democratic National Convention.
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