Ken Burns has become synonymous with historical documentaries. No wonder, given he's been writing, directing, producing, and filming them for over 40 years. During his tenure and along with his collaborators, he has produced 36 films, most of which have aired on PBS, where you can also access them to stream online.
"It is critically important to connect our history to today and identify those archetypal American themes that speak to what we are experiencing today – hard times, immigration, the U.S. Constitution, the idea of leadership, race, the environment.... "All repeat American themes that help us merge the past with the present and understand that we're not alone in this time. Earlier periods dealt with disarray and division and we worked them out. They provide templates for delivering us from particularly painful moments now."