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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Refiner's Fire

Refiner's Fire

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

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...

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...

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...

Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson—Part 2

Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson—Part 2

On July 4, 1776, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both signed the Declaration of Independence and became two of the most...

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...

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...

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,...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Legacy of Lincoln

Legacy of Lincoln

The end of the war brings a new hope for the nation, but one last tragic price must be paid for the victory of the Union...

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...

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.

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...

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...