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American Ride

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. The new season premieres on November 3!

Schedule: American Ride

Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Miracle of Ticonderoga

The 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...

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...

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 us...

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...

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 Hancock...

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...

Refiner's Fire

Refiner's Fire

George Washington and the Continental Army endure the harsh winter at Valley Forge.

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.

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,...

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...

The Miracle at New York

The 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 world...

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...

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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

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...

The Roaring 20's

The Roaring 20's

After World War I, America enters a new era of prosperity and excess characterized by prohibition and gangsters,...

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...

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...

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...

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 Boys” crush the loyalists at Kings Mountain; General Daniel Morgan rediscovers modern tactics...

We The People—A Miracle

We The People—A Miracle

A government for the people, by the people is formed during the second Constitutional Convention.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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

Lewis and Clark map and explore the wilderness west of the Mississippi in search of the Northwest Passage.

Hanging On To What We've Got

Hanging On To What We've Got

Tensions flare between America and Great Britain, and the War of 1812 begins.

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

Westward expansion begins as famed frontiersman Daniel Boone leads settlers into the great unknown.

American Ride

American Ride

Discover the reality of the American pirate. Were they profiteers, privateers, or patriots? Learn the truth about the...

The Mountain Men

The Mountain Men

Travel with mountain men into the American west and learn about everything from the Astor expedition to the rendezvous...

Rivers & Railroads

Rivers & Railroads

Take a giant leap forward with the new technology of the steam engine, and see how American traffic and trade change...

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.

From Sea To Shining Sea

From Sea To Shining Sea

Learn about the growing pains and sectional tensions between the North and the South as the nation expands across 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, find a way to keep in touch with the Pony Express, stage coach, and...

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Explore the two early American visions which inevitably tried to tear the country apart in the split between industry...

A House Divided

A House Divided

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the actions of the violent abolitionist John Brown irreparably sever the...

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...