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American Ride

American Ride

117 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

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...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

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

The Barbary Coast: End of An Era

The Barbary Coast: End of An Era

The sun sets on the days of the Wild West: civilization closes down the wide-open spaces, and the lawless have been...

The Last Round-Up

The Last Round-Up

Ride with Stan as he recounts the end of the last confederate, Jesse James, and discovers where Butch Cassidy and the...

The Romance and Mystique of the American West

The Romance and Mystique of the American West

The Wild West and the American cowboy become larger than life with tall tales and dime novels of frontier adventures....

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

American politics in the Gilded Age were rife with graft and corruption. The American people demanded something...

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

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

Southern Belles: Charleston and Savannah

Southern Belles: Charleston and Savannah

Two colonies started with hope and promise, went through dark days, and reemerged as cities of light. Ride with Stan...

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...

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...

Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration to the United States. The Statue of Liberty had lifted her lamp, and the poor...

Age of Genius

Age of Genius

It was an age of discovery, an age of innovation, and an age of invention. Great minds like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford,...

Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry

The American industrial renaissance makes the United States a world power. Powerful men like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller,...

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs

The working class fights for a voice, newly freedmen of the South fight for equal rights, and the women fight for the...

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...

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

From the Asheville, North Carolina, through the Smoky Mountains to Gatlinburg, explore the settlers, the music, and the...

Wanderers, Vagabonds, Drifters, and Saddletramps

Wanderers, Vagabonds, Drifters, and Saddletramps

Explore the business of beef: the cattle drives from Texas to the railways hundreds of miles to the north, the men who...

Bad Company

Bad Company

The West is growing, business is expanding, and civilization is on its way, both good and bad. Meet some of the men, and...

Order from Chaos

Order from Chaos

Civilization is taking hold in the West, and people are demanding law and order. Enter the lawman, a man who might be of...

Lookin' Fer Trouble

Lookin' Fer Trouble

Take a look at the myths and truths about famous gunfights in the Wild West. Both justice and business were dispensed at...

Remember The Maine!

Remember The Maine!

With the words "Remember the Maine!" as its battle cry, the United States is set to explode onto the international...

Bull Moose and His Big Stick

Bull Moose and His Big Stick

He was one of the most powerful personalities to ever occupy the White House. Learn of the tragedies and triumphs that...

The Gathering Darkness

The Gathering Darkness

The world is going crazy, and in the gathering darkness that will result in World War I, Woodrow Wilson is elected...

Over There

Over There

In Europe, war has been raging for years. Trench warfare has decimated generations of soldiers. And when America gets...

The Earps

The Earps

Learn about the Earps, the most iconic name of the Old West. Follow the trail of Wyatt, his brothers, and his pal Doc...

Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida

Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida

The conquest of Florida takes you from the early days of the Spanish conquistadores to Henry Flagler and his Over-Sea...

How the West Was Lost--Part 1

How the West Was Lost--Part 1

Ride with Stan and learn the story of the westward expansion from the point of view of the people of the Lakota and...

How the West Was Lost--Part 2

How the West Was Lost--Part 2

Witness the quest of two great Native American leaders hoping to keep their people free. Ride the trails of Chief Joseph...

Range Wars

Range Wars

Cattle barons fight to maintain their power and money. They fight the farmers and settlers to keep the cow trails open....

The War to End All Wars

The War to End All Wars

American soldiers enter the fight, turn the tide, and eventually help win the bloody war. Heroes are made but too many...

The Roaring '20s

The Roaring '20s

Our boys are home from the war and the celebration is on. America enters a new era of prosperity and excess. Prohibition...

End of a Dream

End of a Dream

"Good times" come with a price, and the price for the Roaring '20s would be heavy. The crash of '29 would lead to the...

To Notre Dame

To Notre Dame

One of the most famous universities in the world is the University of Notre Dame. Join Stan as he explores the history...

Legends and Legacy--Part 1: American Pirates

Legends and Legacy--Part 1: American Pirates

Discover the reality of the American pirate. Were they profiteers, privateers, or patriots? Learn the truth about the...