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American Ride

American Ride

116 Episodes

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Ride on the back of a Harley-Davidson with America's history teacher, Stan Ellsworth. Discover more about the history and future of our great nation, meet people across the country who believe in freedom, and find out more about American culture and people.

Schedule: American Ride

Rivers and Railroads

Rivers and Railroads

See how the new technology of the steam engine changes American traffic and trade. From the steamships of the south to...

Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction

Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction

Andrew Johnson was truly a victim of circumstance. A Democrat placed on the Republican ticket, Johnson became president...

The Growing Stain of Slavery

The Growing Stain of Slavery

From Harriet Tubman to Frederick Douglass--meet the people who tried to solve the paradox of slavery in America.

From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

From the Alamo to the gold rush, as the American nation expands across the continent, it causes growing pains and...

Go West, Young Man

Go West, Young Man

Explore the pioneering spirit of westward expansion by following the Oregon Trail, discovering the California coast, and...

The New World

The New World

From the Renaissance to the Reformation and colonization, meet pioneers in science, religion, and exploration that paved...

Seeds of Independence

Seeds of Independence

Discover George Washington and his experience with the French and Indian War. Then, find out what happened when the...

Trigger of the Revolution

Trigger of the Revolution

See what happens when pilgrims tire of oppression and seek religious freedom. And, Sam Adams, John Adams, and John...

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

As the nation expands across the continent we've got find a way to keep in touch. Will the Pony Express, Stage Coach, or...

The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant

The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant

In 1868, America turned to the war hero and man of the people, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was a man who would roll up his...

The Die Has Now Been Cast

The Die Has Now Been Cast

Find out what happens when the fervor for a revolution is fueled by Paul Revere´s famous ride, the Boston Tea Party, and...

Sons of the South

Sons of the South

At the conclusion of the French and Indian war, the American Colonies were in a state of political unrest. Men like...

Storm Bringers

Storm Bringers

Throughout the American Revolution, leaders like Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and John Hancock led the way to a nation...

Sage of the Age:  Dr. Benjamin Franklin

Sage of the Age: Dr. Benjamin Franklin

As one of the most iconic Founding Fathers of America, Benjamin Franklin was a respected inventor, philosopher, and...

The Indispensable Man: George Washington

The Indispensable Man: George Washington

George Washington is one of the most respected and revered leaders in American history. See how his experiences as a...

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Explore the two-early American visions that inevitably tried to tear the country apart in the split between industry and...

A House Divided

A House Divided

While Congress works to find a peaceful solution that will hold the nation together, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's...

Mr. Lincoln's War

Mr. Lincoln's War

Meet the private Mr. Lincoln and learn how the struggles and trials in his personal life made the unassuming "backwoods"...

The Fires of Secession

The Fires of Secession

The shelling of Fort Sumter divides the nation. In the east, The Battle of 1st Manassas (Bull Run) reveals the true and...

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

At the battle of Shiloh, Confederate General Pierre Beauregard lets victory slip right through his hands. And Union...

The Eagle & Dove: Adams & Jefferson--Part 1

The Eagle & Dove: Adams & Jefferson--Part 1

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were some of the greatest political rivals yet the best of friends. Their shared...

Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson--Part 2

Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson--Part 2

On July 4, 1776, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both signed the Declaration of Independence and became two of the most...

The Federalist: Alexander Hamilton

The Federalist: Alexander Hamilton

Despite the disadvantages of his upbringing, became one of our nation's greatest leaders. He served as aid-de-camp to...

The Architect of American Government: James Madison

The Architect of American Government: James Madison

After the Revolution, a young James Madison identified flaws in the Articles of Confederation and sought to fortify the...

JQA

JQA

The election of 1824 saw the beginning of a new political era in America. It was the end of the Federalists and the...

The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom

The new technology of the industrial revolution makes the weapons of war even more destructive. The Battle of 2nd...

Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant

Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant

Learn about the genius of General Robert E. Lee, the last great warrior of the Napoleonic age, and discover what made...

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

The battle of Gettysburg is the most recognized battle of the entire American Civil War. Meet the men who were part of...

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

In January 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which, among other things, finally allowed men...

March to the Sea

March to the Sea

General William T. Sherman may be the most vilified man of the war. Meet the man who did not burn Atlanta or Charleston...

The Last Cocked Hat: James Monroe

The Last Cocked Hat: James Monroe

Before serving as fifth president of the United States, James Monroe was an officer in the Continental army during the...

Ladies of Liberty

Ladies of Liberty

Most stories of the Revolution are about the men who led the fight for freedom. Less known—but no less important—are the...

Old Hickory and Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1837)

Old Hickory and Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1837)

Andrew Jackson was our nation's second military hero to become president. His rise to power ushered in the modern party...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant´s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after devastating defeat. General Lee, despite...

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

Confederate General John Bell Hood launches an invasion of union-held Tennessee, and General Jubal Early strikes at the...

Brothers Again

Brothers Again

Witness the remarkable meeting of General Grant with General Lee at Appomattox Court House where the nation puts aside...

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

For many of the men who led the armies of the North and South, their stories continue for many years after the war. Many...

Legacy of Lincoln

Legacy of Lincoln

The end of the war brings a new hope for the nation, but one last tragic price must be paid for the victory of the Union...

Miracle of Ticonderoga

Miracle of Ticonderoga

The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia. Emotions run high as General Ethan Allen is deployed to deal with...

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

See what happens when the Second Continental Congress votes to create a document that will declare to the world that...

Times of Turmoil: Van Buren, Harrison and Tyler

Times of Turmoil: Van Buren, Harrison and Tyler

Gone was the powerful personality of Andrew Jackson. Now we were faced with ineffectual leadership and unforeseen...

Dust in the Wind

Dust in the Wind

The Civil War is over, but the nation is still divided. Explore the difficulties of putting a nation back together and...

Rails, Trails, and Boomtowns

Rails, Trails, and Boomtowns

The American Dream is alive once again, and the dreamers are heading west into wild country. Examine the wagon trains...