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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.

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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...

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....

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...

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 New World

The New World

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

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...

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...

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.

American Ride

American Ride

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.

American Ride

American Ride

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.

American Ride

American Ride

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...

American Ride

American Ride

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...