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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

The Roaring '20s

The Roaring '20s

Our boys are home from the war and the celebration is on. America enters a new era of prosperity and excess. Prohibition...

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....

End of a Dream

End of a Dream

"Good times" come with a price, and the price for the Roaring '20s would be heavy. The crash of '29 would lead to the...

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...

A House Divided

A House Divided

While Congress works to find a peaceful solution that will hold the nation together, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's...

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...

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...

To Notre Dame

To Notre Dame

One of the most famous universities in the world is the University of Notre Dame. Join Stan as he explores the history...

FDR

FDR

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

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...

Mr. Lincoln's War

Mr. Lincoln's War

Meet the private Mr. Lincoln and learn how the struggles and trials in his personal life made the unassuming "backwoods"...

The Fires of Secession

The Fires of Secession

The shelling of Fort Sumter divides the nation. In the east, The Battle of 1st Manassas (Bull Run) reveals the true and...

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

At the battle of Shiloh, Confederate General Pierre Beauregard lets victory slip right through his hands. And Union...

The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom

The new technology of the industrial revolution makes the weapons of war even more destructive. The Battle of 2nd...

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...

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,...

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...

Across The Pacific

Across The Pacific

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

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...

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

The battle of Gettysburg is the most recognized battle of the entire American Civil War. Meet the men who were part of...

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

In January 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which, among other things, finally allowed men...

March to the Sea

March to the Sea

General William T. Sherman may be the most vilified man of the war. Meet the man who did not burn Atlanta or Charleston...

The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant

The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant

In 1868, America turned to the war hero and man of the people, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was a man who would roll up his...

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...

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...

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...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant´s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after devastating defeat. General Lee, despite...

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 at Appomattox Court House where the nation puts aside...

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

For many of the men who led the armies of the North and South, their stories continue for many years after the war. Many...

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...

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...

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...

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,...