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American Ride

American Ride

112 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

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...

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...

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...

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

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

Storm Bringers

Storm Bringers

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Atlanta: City of Dreams

Atlanta: City of Dreams

If it weren't for Atlanta, Georgia--the boyhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.--there may never have been a Selma or...

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...

Times Of Trouble: Franklin Pierce & James Buchanan

Times Of Trouble: Franklin Pierce & James Buchanan

The United States was in need of a strong leader, but what we got were Presidents Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan....

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...

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.

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,...

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...

A Time of Crisis: Abraham Lincoln and the Case for Union

A Time of Crisis: Abraham Lincoln and the Case for Union

When Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated, he became president of a fractured Union. America was poised for what would become...

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...

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...

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...

Redwoods

Redwoods

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

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

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

Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction

Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction

Andrew Johnson was truly a victim of circumstance. A Democrat placed on the Republican ticket, Johnson became president...

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...

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...