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American Ride

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Stan Ellsworth is ready to take you on a new journey through American history. From the back of his Harley-Davidson, take a look at the history, culture, and people of specific regions around the US. Travel up the East Coast in this new season of American Ride.

Schedule: American Ride

Day of Infamy

Day of Infamy

The clouds of war again cover the earth. Despite efforts to stay neutral, a dastardly sneak attack shatters the American...

The Giant Arises

The Giant Arises

After the Japanese attack in the Pacific, America prepares for war. The most incredible industrial transformation in...

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.

Mr. Lincoln's War

Mr. Lincoln's War

Learn about the struggles of an unassuming “backwoods” lawyer who became a powerful political voice and the champion of...

The Fires of Secession

The Fires of Secession

Hear the first shots of the Civil War and travel from coast to coast seeing the tragic consequences that followed.

From The Jaws Of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

From The Jaws Of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

Take a look at Civil War battles where the victors clinched their success against all odds.

The Cost Of Freedom

The Cost Of Freedom

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

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

Learn how close the South came to winning this critical battle and how Gettysburg became the turning point of the war.

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

Learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Chattanooga, and other events surrounding the American Civil...

March to the Sea

March to the Sea

General William T. Sherman may be the most vilified man of the war, but he is a man who did not burn Atlanta or...

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...

Bloodied But Unbowed

Bloodied But Unbowed

The Japanese war machine has marched victoriously across the Pacific, but American morale soars after the Doolittle...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant’s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after defeat. Despite these victories, General Lee...

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, where they begin to heal the nation’s wounds.

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

After the Civil War, many men were reunited as “brothers” while others continued to fight a war of words.

Wolf Pack/Shadow War

Wolf Pack/Shadow War

German U-Boats prowl our eastern seaboard. German spies come ashore to destroy the American war effort. The Battle for...

Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration to the United States. The Statue of Liberty had lifter her lamp "beside the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sacred Honor

Sacred Honor

After Pearl Harbor, Japanese born American citizens, now viewed as the enemy, were moved into internment camps. Yet...

Age of Genius

Age of Genius

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

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...

Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

The United States is once again ensnarled in a world war. Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton lead American...

Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry

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

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.

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...

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...

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...

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

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

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

From the beginnings of America, the spirit of freedom has spread throughout the world. Liberty has been our birthright,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance