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American Ride

American Ride

108 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

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...

JQA

JQA

The election of 1824 saw the beginning of a new political era in America. It was the end of the Federalists 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...

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...

Bloodied But Unbowed

Bloodied But Unbowed

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

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...

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...

FDR

FDR

As the Great Depression worsens, people´s hopes are fading fast. Just when things seem the worst, Franklin Roosevelt...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

The Alamo

The Alamo

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

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...

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

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

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....

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...

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...