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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. Travel up the East Coast in this new season of American Ride.

Schedule: American Ride

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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.

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...

Legends and Legacy: American Pirates

Legends and Legacy: American Pirates

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

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.

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.

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...

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

From the beginnings of America, the spirit of freedom has spread throughout the world. Liberty has been our birthright,...

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

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

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.

Music City

Music City

Throughout her history, Nashville has been many things--a hunting camp, a last outpost, and a gateway to the American...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

The New World

The New World

From the Renaissance to the Reformation and colonization, meet pioneers in science, religion, and exploration that paved...

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.

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

California's coastal highway is one of the most beautiful and romantic rides in the world. The history of art,...

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...

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 Hancock...

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...

The Cost Of Freedom

The Cost Of Freedom

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant’s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after defeat. Despite these victories, General Lee...

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, where they begin to heal the nation’s wounds.

Redwoods

Redwoods

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

FDR

FDR

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

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

After the Civil War, many men were reunited as “brothers” while others continued to fight a war of words.

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...

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....

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...