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American Ride

American Ride

105 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

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...

Hanging On to What We've Got

Hanging On to What We've Got

With tension flaring, Great Britain and the Unites State begin the War of 1812; Andrew Jackson teams with the pirate...

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

Westward expansion begins as famed frontiersman Daniel Boone leads settlers into the great unknown.

The Mountain Men

The Mountain Men

An adventurous spirit and a lust for wealth leads the mountain men into the American west. From the Astor expedition to...

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...

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.

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...

Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City

Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City

Baltimore is an all-American town and the home of Old Glory. The "Charm City" represents its best in the blue-collar...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

From the creation of the colony, William Penn hoped to create a society that was accepting of everyone. Learn how an age...

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 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...

Overlord

Overlord

D-Day, the Great Invasion, the Longest Day--call it what you will, but the Allied invasion of France on the beaches of...

Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials

Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials

Discover the truth about a time of intolerance in the Massachusetts community. Much has been made of the myth and legend...

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...

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

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

Across The Pacific

Across The Pacific

Facing fierce resistance, Americans take the war to the Japanese. Allied Forces "island hop" across the South Pacific,...

Nantucket: Children of the Sea

Nantucket: Children of the Sea

Nantucket is America’s outpost against the Atlantic. The people of Nantucket have weathered fierce storms and rugged...

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...