Ellen Hovde

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The Reluctant Revolutionaries
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
Through interviews with historians and dramatic reenactments of eyewitness accounts, this documentary series chronicles the pivotal events that took place between 1763 and 1789 as the United States came into being. In 1763, America's capital city is London, Benjamin Franklin…
Are We to be a Nation
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
Peace -- and a burst of creativity -- comes to the United States. A distinctly American culture is about to be born. But governing the world's newest republic is not easy. Congress is ineffectual. Individual states act like sovereign nations.…
Blows Must Decide
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
In the second episode, most Americans cannot imagine a complete break from Britain, even after shots are fired at Lexington. Powerful words push matters "over the edge" in 1776. A pamphlet, "Common Sense," and the Declaration of Independence argue that…
The Times That Try Men's Souls
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
Days after the Declaration is signed, the British drop anchor in New York Harbor, sending the untrained American army packing. Washington's volunteer troops are driven the length of New Jersey. With just days of enlistment left for many recruits, a…
The World Turned Upside Down
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
The British hope to exploit the contradictions posed in the South by slavery and also to enlist the support of southerners loyal to the crown. After a series of brutal engagements, however, it is apparent they have not won "the…
Oh Fatal Ambition!
Part of the Series: Liberty!
PBS
The "united" states need funds and military support. Benjamin Franklin goes to France in hopes of creating an alliance that will provide both. He charms the French, but fails to loosen their purse strings. Meanwhile, John Burgoyne's British army marches…
Let the Experiment Be Made
Part of the Series: Benjamin Franklin
PBS
Benjamin Franklin is born the 15th son of a modest candlemaker in puritanical Boston, a world circumscribed by superstition and religious intolerance. Taken out of school at the age of 10 and apprenticed to his brother as a printer, young…
The Making of a Revolutionary
Part of the Series: Benjamin Franklin
PBS
Benjamin Franklin is outgrowing the colonies; when Pennsylvania asks him to go to England on official business, he jumps at the chance. Accompanied by his beloved son, William, Franklin takes up residence in London and a new persona emerges. He…
The Chess Master
Part of the Series: Benjamin Franklin
PBS
By far the oldest of the principal leaders of the American Revolution, Franklin, now in his 70s, embarks upon the most important role of his life. The American Revolution doesn't stand a chance without outside support; Congress sends Franklin to…
Benjamin Franklin - A Revolutionary Genius
PBS
The life and achievements of America's revolutionary genius are chronciled in his own words (plus those of a parade of historians). Produced by the production team responsible for the 1997 PBS series `Liberty! The American Revolution.'
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Liberty! - The American Revolution
PBS
LIBERTY! The American Revolution is a dramatic documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. The George Foster Peabody award-winning series brings the people, events and…
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