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The American Revolution

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The Reluctant Revolutionaries
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…
Blows Must Decide
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…
The Times That Try Men's Souls
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.…
Oh Fatal Ambition!
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…
The World Turned Upside Down
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…
Are We to be a Nation
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…

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Blows Must Decide
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Oh Fatal Ambition!
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