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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

Kentucky Thunder

Kentucky Thunder

The home of the world famous Kentucky Horse Park—the place for all things horse—is set deep in the rolling hills of...

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...

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...

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

Seattle has been a city of innovation and invigoration. Beginning as a Native American fishing community, Seattle became...

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...

Music City

Music City

Throughout her history, Nashville has been many things; she has been a hunting camp, the last outpost, and a gateway to...

Ol' Man River

Ol' Man River

There was a time when the riverboat was the backbone of American transit and trade in Memphis, Tennessee. In those days,...

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful and romantic rides in the world. From San Luis Obispo to Big Sur...

City by the Bay

City by the Bay

San Francisco has seen her share of hard times and tragedy. The story of Angel Island stands in stark contrast to the...

Redwoods

Redwoods

There are trees, and then there are the mighty Redwoods of Northern California. Most of these fellas predate our...

How the West Was Lost

How the West Was Lost

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 II

How the West Was Lost II

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 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 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...

North West Passage

North West Passage

The San Juan Islands were the site of America's last border war with the Britain. The islands are filled with natural...

Legacy of Liberty

Legacy of Liberty

In 1775, the people of Boston rose up and helped to create a new republic where everyone could live a life in pursuit of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Miracle at New York

Miracle at New York

When General Howe brings an invasion to the battle of Brooklyn Heights, Washington's miraculous retreat to Manhattan...

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...

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...

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...

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

Explore Florida's obsession with youth from Juan Ponce de León and his famous fountain to the celebration that is Miami....

The Crisis

The Crisis

Washington does the unthinkable when he crosses the frozen Delaware for surprise attacks that will keep the patriot...

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga

The great American victory at Saratoga makes France an ally of the new United States and turns the revolution into a...

Refiner's Fire

Refiner's Fire

George Washington and the Continental Army endure the harsh winter at Valley Forge.

The War Goes South

The War Goes South

When Washington and the Continental army charge out of Valley Forge, the British change their strategy and take the war...