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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.

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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...

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...

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...

City by the Bay

City by the Bay

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

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...

The Giant Arises

The Giant Arises

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

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...

Bloodied but Unbowed

Bloodied but Unbowed

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

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...

Sacred Honor

Sacred Honor

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

Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

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

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...

Victory of the Common Man

Victory of the Common Man

The unruly Overmountain Men crush the loyalists at Kings Mountain; General Daniel Morgan rediscovers modern tactics at...

Patriots' Finest Hour

Patriots' Finest Hour

Learn about the nautical hero John Paul Jones, the great victory at Yorktown, and the French and American navies.

Redwoods

Redwoods

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

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...

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...

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...

Across the Pacific

Across the Pacific

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

On to Victory

On to Victory

In Europe, Allied successes in the summer of '44 are followed by big trouble in the fall. A series of military setbacks...

Uncommon Valor

Uncommon Valor

The war in the Pacific rages on, but the price in lives is going up. Will the Strategic Bombing Campaign force a...

Cost of Victory

Cost of Victory

August 1945--the world is changed forever as the beginning of the Atomic age ends the war. The horrors of the Holocaust...

We The People--A Miracle

We The People--A Miracle

America's leaders come together once more to eventually create the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution,...

Now What? Doubling Our Size

Now What? Doubling Our Size

Washington defines the role of the president and the Louisiana Purchase doubles the size of the United States.

Into the Great Unknown

Into the Great Unknown

The signing of the Louisiana Purchase spurs Jefferson´s curiosity, so he pushes Lewis and Clark to map and explore 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...

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

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

Storm Bringers

Storm Bringers

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

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 Alamo

The Alamo

In 1824, Mexico revolted against General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Ten years later, Texas had decided that...

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...

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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

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...

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...

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 North West Passage

The 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...

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...

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

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

James K. Polk: A Man On A Mission

James K. Polk: A Man On A Mission

James K. Polk said what he meant and meant what he said, and because of him, the United States now spreads from sea to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

The New World

The New World

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

A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

The year 1850 was a time of compromise, but neither Zachary Taylor or Millard Fillmore did much to ease the tension. The...