Portraits of some of America’s most groundbreaking and unusual presidential candidates, who never won the White House. From Margaret Chase Smith to Shirley Chisholm… from William Jennings Bryan to Adlai Stevenson… some candidates make history, even when they lose. This one-hour special spans 150 years and features the stories of six losing presidential candidates: Victoria Woodhull: The First Woman to Run for President William Jennings Bryan: The Speech That Changed American Politics Adlai Stevenson: Believing in Words in the Age of Television Alben Barkley: The Veep Margaret Chase Smith: Cold War Hawk in Pearls Shirley Chisholm: The Politics of Principle. 

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