The Road to the White House

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  • 2006
  • 1 Season

The Road to the White House tells the story of how Irish immigrants to the United States rose from impoverished, despised, disorganized outsiders to elect John F. Kennedy as the country's first (and so far, only) non-Protestant, non-Anglo Saxon president.

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The Kingmaker and the King
3. The Kingmaker and the King
April 18, 2006
This concluding episode tells the remarkable story of Chicago Mayor Richard J Daley who controlled the city for all of 20 years as Mayor and how he was key to the choosing of JFK to be the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1960 and also how he helped secure victory in that election ensuring that the Irish did in fact eventually make it all the way along the Road to the Whitehouse.
The Power Brokers
2. The Power Brokers
April 11, 2006
This episode shows the power city bosses can have and how they can also influence national politics. Here we profile Tom Prendergast of Kansas City and Boston's James Michael Curley. Both men served time in jail and little wonder when we look closely at their careers.
The Birth of the Machine and a 1st run at the Whitehouse
1. The Birth of the Machine and a 1st run at the Whitehouse
April 4, 2006
This episode tells the stories of 2 men, Richard 'Boss' Croker and Al Smith. Croker was born in Ireland but moved with his family to America at the age of 2 where he grew into a tough teenager and gang member before being co-opted into Tamanny Hall and eventually controlling power there until his downfall in the opening years of the 20th Century.
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The Road to the White House tells the story of how Irish immigrants to the United States rose from impoverished, despised, disorganized outsiders to elect John F. Kennedy as the country's first (and so far, only) non-Protestant, non-Anglo Saxon president.

  • Premiere Date
    April 4, 2006