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Legacy of Liberty

Legacy of Liberty

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In 1775, the people of Boston rose up and helped to create a new republic where everyone could live a life in pursuit of happiness, a life only...

North West Passage

North West Passage

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The San Juan Islands were the site of America's last border war with the Britain. The islands are filled with natural wonder and beauty. The very...

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

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Seattle has been a city of innovation and invigoration. Beginning as a Native American fishing community, Seattle became a Lumber boomtown in the...

Redwoods

Redwoods

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There are trees, and then there are the mighty Redwoods of Northern California. Most of these fellas predate our republic and grow taller than...

City by the Bay

City by the Bay

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San Francisco has seen her share of hard times and tragedy. The story of Angel Island stands in stark contrast to the vibrant and lively...

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

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The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful and romantic rides in the world. From San Luis Obispo to Big Sur and Carmel to Salinas,...

Music City

Music City

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

Ol' Man River

Ol' Man River

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There was a time when the riverboat was the backbone of American transit and trade in Memphis, Tennessee. In those days, cotton was king and the...

Kentucky Thunder

Kentucky Thunder

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The home of the world famous Kentucky Horse Park—the place for all things horse—is set deep in the rolling hills of Bluegrass Country. Get to...

Atlanta: City of Dreams

Atlanta: City of Dreams

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If it weren't for Atlanta, Georgia--the boyhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.--there may never have been a Selma or Montgomery. It was in...

Nantucket: Children of the Sea

Nantucket: Children of the Sea

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Nantucket is America’s outpost against the Atlantic. The people of Nantucket have weathered fierce storms and rugged economies. This is the place...

Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials

Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials

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Discover the truth about a time of intolerance in the Massachusetts community. Much has been made of the myth and legend surrounding the events...

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

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From the creation of the colony, William Penn hoped to create a society that was accepting of everyone. Learn how an age of intolerance created...

Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City

Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City

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Baltimore is an All-American town and the home of Old Glory. The “Charm City” represents its best in the blue-collar effort that built America....

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

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

Legends and Legacy--Part 1: American Pirates

Legends and Legacy--Part 1: American Pirates

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

Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida

Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida

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The conquest of Florida takes you from the early days of the Spanish conquistadores to Henry Flagler and his Over-Sea railroad. Expansion...

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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

Southern Belles: Charleston and Savannah

Southern Belles: Charleston and Savannah

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Two colonies started with hope and promise, went through dark days, and reemerged as cities of light. Ride with Stan through mysterious Savannah,...

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

Sand, Surf, and Celebration: Miami

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Explore Florida's obsession with youth from Juan Ponce de Leon and his famous fountain to the celebration that is Miami. From the architecture to...

Cost of Victory

Cost of Victory

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August 1945--the world is changed forever as the beginning of the Atomic age ends the war. The horrors of the Holocaust are uncovered, and the...

Uncommon Valor

Uncommon Valor

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The war in the Pacific rages on, but the price in lives is going up. Will the Strategic Bombing Campaign force a Japanese surrender, or will US...

On to Victory

On to Victory

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In Europe, Allied successes in the summer of '44 are followed by big trouble in the fall. A series of military setbacks lead to a massive German...

Across The Pacific

Across The Pacific

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

Overlord

Overlord

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D-Day, the Great Invasion, the Longest Day--call it what you will, but the Allied invasion of France on the beaches of Normandy was, as General...

Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

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The United States is once again ensnarled in a world war. Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton lead American victories in North Africa and...

Sacred Honor

Sacred Honor

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After Pearl Harbor, Japanese born American citizens, now viewed as the enemy, were moved into internment camps. Yet thousands of Americans of...

Wolf Pack/Shadow War

Wolf Pack/Shadow War

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German U-Boats prowl our eastern seaboard. German spies come ashore to destroy the American war effort. The Battle for the Atlantic was fought...

Bloodied But Unbowed

Bloodied But Unbowed

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The Japanese war machine has marched victoriously across the Pacific, but American morale soars after the Doolittle raid and the US Navy stands...

The Giant Arises

The Giant Arises

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After the Japanese attack in the Pacific, America prepares for war. The most incredible industrial transformation in history turns America into...

Day of Infamy

Day of Infamy

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The clouds of war again cover the earth. Despite efforts to stay neutral, a dastardly sneak attack shatters the American dream of peace, forcing...

FDR

FDR

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

End of a Dream

End of a Dream

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

The Roaring '20s

The Roaring '20s

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

The War to End All Wars

The War to End All Wars

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American soldiers enter the fight, turn the tide, and eventually help win the bloody war. Heroes are made but too many young men die. And what...

Over There

Over There

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In Europe, war has been raging for years. Trench warfare has decimated generations of soldiers. And when America gets thrown into the mix, it is...

The Gathering Darkness

The Gathering Darkness

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The world is going crazy, and in the gathering darkness that will result in World War I, Woodrow Wilson is elected president. Will he be able to...

Bull Moose and His Big Stick

Bull Moose and His Big Stick

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He was one of the most powerful personalities to ever occupy the White House. Learn of the tragedies and triumphs that made Theodore Roosevelt...

To Notre Dame

To Notre Dame

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

Remember the Maine!

Remember the Maine!

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With the words "Remember the Maine!" as its battle cry, the United States is set to explode onto the international stage. Is America ready to...

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs

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The working class fights for a voice, newly freedmen of the South fight for equal rights, and the women fight for the right to vote.

Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry

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

Age of Genius

Age of Genius

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It was an age of discovery, an age of innovation, and an age of invention. Great minds like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, and the...

Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

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The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration to the United States. The Statue of Liberty had lifted her lamp, and the poor and weary of the world...

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

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American politics in the Gilded Age were rife with graft and corruption. The American people demanded something different. Could presidents...

The Romance and Mystique of the American West

The Romance and Mystique of the American West

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The Wild West and the American cowboy become larger than life with tall tales and dime novels of frontier adventures. The maverick cowboy, the...

The Last Round-Up

The Last Round-Up

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Ride with Stan as he recounts the end of the last confederate, Jesse James, and discovers where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid committed some...

The Barbary Coast: End of An Era

The Barbary Coast: End of An Era

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The sun sets on the days of the Wild West: civilization closes down the wide-open spaces, and the lawless have been pushed to the edge of the...

Range Wars

Range Wars

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Cattle barons fight to maintain their power and money. They fight the farmers and settlers to keep the cow trails open. They fight against each...

How the West Was Lost II

How the West Was Lost II

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Witness the quest of two great Native American leaders hoping to keep their people free. Ride the trails of Chief Joseph and Geronimo, the last...

How the West Was Lost

How the West Was Lost

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Ride with Stan and learn the story of the westward expansion from the point of view of the people of the Lakota and Cheyenne nations.

The Earps

The Earps

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Learn about the Earps, the most iconic name of the Old West. Follow the trail of Wyatt, his brothers, and his pal Doc Holliday, and discover how...

Lookin' Fer Trouble

Lookin' Fer Trouble

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Take a look at the myths and truths about famous gunfights in the Wild West. Both justice and business were dispensed at the end of a gun, and...

Order from Chaos

Order from Chaos

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Civilization is taking hold in the West, and people are demanding law and order. Enter the lawman, a man who might be of dubious character, but...

Bad Company

Bad Company

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The West is growing, business is expanding, and civilization is on its way, both good and bad. Meet some of the men, and ladies, who put the...

Wanderers, Vagabonds, Drifters, and Saddletramps

Wanderers, Vagabonds, Drifters, and Saddletramps

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Explore the business of beef: the cattle drives from Texas to the railways hundreds of miles to the north, the men who made the money, and the...

Rails, Trails, and Boomtowns

Rails, Trails, and Boomtowns

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The American Dream is alive once again, and the dreamers are heading west into wild country. Examine the wagon trains and steam trains, the gold...

Dust in the Wind

Dust in the Wind

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The Civil War is over, but the nation is still divided. Explore the difficulties of putting a nation back together and how the end of the war led...

Legacy of Lincoln

Legacy of Lincoln

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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 and freedom.

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

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

Brothers Again

Brothers Again

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Witness the remarkable meeting of General Grant with General Lee at Appomattox Court House where the nation puts aside its swords and begins to...

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

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Confederate General John Bell Hood launches an invasion of union-held Tennessee, and General Jubal Early strikes at the federal capital of...

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

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

March to the Sea

March to the Sea

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General William T. Sherman may be the most vilified man of the war. Meet the man who did not burn Atlanta or Charleston and, in fact, was very...

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

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In January 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which, among other things, finally allowed men of color to serve in the...

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

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

Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant

Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant

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Learn about the genius of General Robert E. Lee, the last great warrior of the Napoleonic age, and discover what made General Grant the first...

The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom

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The new technology of the industrial revolution makes the weapons of war even more destructive. The Battle of 2nd Manassas (Bull Run) brings...

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

From the Jaws of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

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

The Fires of Secession

The Fires of Secession

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

Mr. Lincoln's War

Mr. Lincoln's War

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

A House Divided

A House Divided

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

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Different Visions, Different Dreams

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

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

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As the nation expands across the continent we've got find a way to keep in touch. Will the Pony Express, Stage Coach, or Telegraph be the key?...

Go West, Young Man

Go West, Young Man

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Explore the pioneering spirit of westward expansion by following the Oregon Trail, discovering the California coast, and settling into the high...

From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

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From the Alamo to the gold rush, as the American nation expands across the continent, it causes growing pains and sectional tension between the...

The Growing Stain of Slavery

The Growing Stain of Slavery

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From Harriet Tubman to Frederick Douglass--meet the people who tried to solve the paradox of slavery in America.

Rivers and Railroads

Rivers and Railroads

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See how the new technology of the steam engine changes American traffic and trade. From the steamships of the south to the mighty locomotives of...

The Mountain Men

The Mountain Men

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An adventurous spirit and a lust for wealth leads the mountain men into the American west. From the Astor expedition to the rendezvous of Jim...

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

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

Hanging On to What We've Got

Hanging On to What We've Got

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With tension flaring, Great Britain and the Unites State begin the War of 1812; Andrew Jackson teams with the pirate Jean Lafitte; and Frances...

Into the Great Unknown

Into the Great Unknown

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The signing of the Louisiana Purchase spurs Jefferson´s curiosity, so he pushes Lewis and Clark to map and explore the wilderness west of the...

Now What? Doubling Our Size

Now What? Doubling Our Size

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Washington defines the role of the president and the Louisiana Purchase doubles the size of the United States.

We The People--a Miracle

We The People--a Miracle

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America´s leaders come together once more for the Constitutional Convention, which eventually creates the Bill of Rights and the United States...

Patriots' Finest Hour

Patriots' Finest Hour

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Learn about the nautical hero John Paul Jones, the great victory at Yorktown, and the French and American navies.

Victory of the Common Man

Victory of the Common Man

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The unruly Overmountain Men crush the loyalists at Kings Mountain; General Daniel Morgan rediscovers modern tactics at Cowpens; and General...

The War Goes South

The War Goes South

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When Washington and the Continental Army charge out of Valley Forge, the British change their strategy and take the war south.

Refiner's Fire

Refiner's Fire

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

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga

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The great American victory at Saratoga makes France an ally of the new United States and turns the revolution into a world war.

The Crisis

The Crisis

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Washington does the unthinkable when he crosses the frozen Delaware for surprise attacks that will keep the patriot cause alive.

Miracle at New York

Miracle at New York

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When General Howe brings an invasion to the battle of Brooklyn Heights, Washington's miraculous retreat to Manhattan saves the Continental Army.

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

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See what happens when the Second Continental Congress votes to create a document that will declare to the world that America will be free.

Miracle of Ticonderoga

Miracle of Ticonderoga

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The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia. Emotions run high as General Ethan Allen is deployed to deal with the British at...

The Die Has Now Been Cast

The Die Has Now Been Cast

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Find out what happens when the fervor for a revolution is fueled by Paul Revere´s famous ride, the Boston Tea Party, and the battles of Lexington...

Trigger of the Revolution

Trigger of the Revolution

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See what happens when pilgrims tire of oppression and seek religious freedom. And, Sam Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock become the architects...

Seeds of Independence

Seeds of Independence

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Discover George Washington and his experience with the French and Indian War. Then, find out what happened when the British government began...

The New World

The New World

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

Legacy of Liberty

Legacy of Liberty

In 1775, the people of Boston rose up and helped to create a new republic where everyone could live a life in pursuit of happiness, a life only limited by one´s own ambition and drive. Boston still inspires people from many lands to come and enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom—and to pursue the American dream.

North West Passage

North West Passage

The San Juan Islands were the site of America's last border war with the Britain. The islands are filled with natural wonder and beauty. The very solitude of the islands themselves may have created the solution to the great "Pig War."

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

Seattle has been a city of innovation and invigoration. Beginning as a Native American fishing community, Seattle became a Lumber boomtown in the 1850s. She is now is the epicenter of a software and telecommunications revolution.

Redwoods

Redwoods

There are trees, and then there are the mighty Redwoods of Northern California. Most of these fellas predate our republic and grow taller than the Statue of Liberty. The beauty of the mountains wrapped in these mystic trees is timeless. Learn about the efforts to save these giants, and visit the deepest lake in the United States!

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 vibrant and lively Chinatown of present day San Francisco. The Earthquake of 1906 still ranks as one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. Amazingly, San Francisco found a way to rebuild and renew herself. Today she is a shining jewel of America´s Pacific coast.

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 and Carmel to Salinas, the American dream is alive and well. The history of art, literature, and architecture that is found here proves that magic happens where the mountains meet the sea!

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 the American wilderness. Today she is the repository and guardian of America´s "home grown" music. Learn why "bein´ country" will always be a big part of our country.

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, cotton was king and the Mississippi River brought wealth and importance. Beale Street, then as now, was home to world famous blues music and Memphis barbeque!

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 Bluegrass Country. Get to know the history and legacy of the horse in America, meet some of the largest working horses in the world, and remember some of the greats of racing: Secretariat and Man O´ War.

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 Montgomery. It was in Atlanta that he learned the life lessons that would lead him to a ministry of change the world for all.

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 economies. This is the place where America’s whaling fleet was born. Now it’s thriving with tourism, but there are still some salty dogs that represent the true heart of Nantucket.

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 surrounding the events of the Salem Witch Trials, but learn the facts about these martyrs of justice and liberty.

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 of intolerance created the American idea of religious freedom. Explore the modern manifestation of that experiment from the Anabaptist movement.

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 effort that built America. From crabbing in the bay to the ballpark at Camden Yards, these people work hard and play harder.

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, but meet some of the people who have led the struggle for freedom in their own lands and have seen change in their lifetimes.

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 notorious Blackbeard, and meet a man who lives the modern day legacy, Captain Horatio Sinbad.

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 railroad. Expansion continues all the way through the Keys, making Ernest Hemingway's refuge accessible to everyone.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

From the Asheville, North Carolina, through the Smoky Mountains to Gatlinburg, explore the settlers, the music, and the magic of the early American Frontier.

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 through mysterious Savannah, Georgia, and the Queen of Rebellion: Charleston, South Carolina.

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. From the architecture to the cultures and colorful communities, it's a celebration for the senses.

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 are uncovered, and the heroes who fought for freedom come home.

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 Japanese surrender, or will US troops be called upon to invade the Japanese homeland to stop the carnage?

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 lead to a massive German winter Counter Offensive, the Battle of the Bulge--Hitler's last gasp effort to win the war.

Across The Pacific

Across The Pacific

Facing fierce resistance, Americans take the war to the Japanese. Allied Forces "island hop" across the South Pacific, and General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines.

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 Normandy was, as General Eisenhower said, the hour of America's "Great Crusade."

Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

The United States is once again ensnarled in a world war. Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton lead American victories in North Africa and Sicily and General Mark Clark leads the invasion of Italy taking the war to Hitler's doorstep.

Sacred Honor

Sacred Honor

After Pearl Harbor, Japanese born American citizens, now viewed as the enemy, were moved into internment camps. Yet thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry would take up arms and fight in the US military becoming part of our greatest generation.

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 the Atlantic was fought above and below the waves and could have been lost before it had really begun.

Bloodied But Unbowed

Bloodied But Unbowed

The Japanese war machine has marched victoriously across the Pacific, but American morale soars after the Doolittle raid and the US Navy stands tall at the Battle of Coral Sea.

The Giant Arises

The Giant Arises

After the Japanese attack in the Pacific, America prepares for war. The most incredible industrial transformation in history turns America into an unrivaled military power as American men and women go to work and war to keep our nation free.

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 dream of peace, forcing the United States into World War II and the world-wide struggle for freedom against tyranny.

FDR

FDR

As the Great Depression worsens, people´s hopes are fading fast. Just when things seem the worst, Franklin Roosevelt promises that "happy days are here again." Will the New Deal save America from the most devastating economic disaster in modern history?

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 worst economic disaster in world history, and America would be dragged down the drain along with everybody else.

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 and gangsters, Broadway and baseball. And a bull market that keeps going up! Welcome to the Roaring '20s.

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 young men die. And what about the future? Could Wilson's fourteen-point plan sow the seeds for a peaceful future?

Over There

Over There

In Europe, war has been raging for years. Trench warfare has decimated generations of soldiers. And when America gets thrown into the mix, it is truly a world war. The Yanks are coming! And we won't be back 'til it's over over there.

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 president. Will he be able to keep us out of the war? Or will America have to fight to keep the world safe for democracy?

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 made Theodore Roosevelt the champion of American exceptionalism and one of our most celebrated presidents.

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 of Notre Dame and finds how faith, fellowship, and football coexist in this special edition of American Ride.

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 stage. Is America ready to become a world power? In an age of imperialism, can the country walk the line between Manifest Destiny and empire?

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 right to vote.

Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry

The American industrial renaissance makes the United States a world power. Powerful men like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan push America to the top--but were they captains of industry or robber barons?

Age of Genius

Age of Genius

It was an age of discovery, an age of innovation, and an age of invention. Great minds like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, and the Wright brothers would change the world forever.

Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration to the United States. The Statue of Liberty had lifted her lamp, and the poor and weary of the world came to enjoy the blessings of freedom and the hope of a new beginning.

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

American politics in the Gilded Age were rife with graft and corruption. The American people demanded something different. Could presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, and Cleveland be the right men when America felt it was time for a change?

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. The maverick cowboy, the sinister gunslinger, the relentless lawman, and the stoic, long-suffering pioneer have all become icons of American culture. Join Stan as he examines how this self-portrait, and the image it presents to the world, will propel us into the next century and place us center stage in world events.

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 Sundance Kid committed some of the most daring and successful train robberies in history.

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 pushed to the edge of the California coast.

Range Wars

Range Wars

Cattle barons fight to maintain their power and money. They fight the farmers and settlers to keep the cow trails open. They fight against each other for more land. They even hire violent gunslingers as cattle detectives, regulators, and lawmen to fight their private wars that rage across the American plains.

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 and Geronimo, the last free Apache who became an American folk hero.

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 Cheyenne nations.

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 Holliday, and discover how most of their reputation and legacy was earned at the O.K. Corral.

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 the end of a gun, and once in a while a fight over a woman, a card game, or an insult was ended with a gun.

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 dubious character, but who's got a badge and is good with a gun.

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 ladies, who put the "Wild" into the Wild West, including the notorious James Gang.

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 made the money, and the cowboys who did the real work.

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 and steam trains, the gold and silver strikes, and the boomtowns that came and went.

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 how the end of the war led to the opening of the Wild West.

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 and freedom.

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 are truly reunited as "brothers" while others continue to fight a war of words that still rages into the present day.

Brothers Again

Brothers Again

Witness the remarkable meeting of General Grant with General Lee at Appomattox Court House where the nation puts aside its swords and begins to heal its wounds. We count up the terrible cost of the four years of civil war; still the bloodiest war in American history.

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

Confederate General John Bell Hood launches an invasion of union-held Tennessee, and General Jubal Early strikes at the federal capital of Washington, DC.

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant´s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after devastating defeat. General Lee, despite these victories, feels the pressure of the relentless onslaught of Grant´s army and the inexhaustible resources of the North.

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 and, in fact, was very friendly to the southern point of view. What is the truth of the fall of Atlanta and the March to the Sea?

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

In January 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which, among other things, finally allowed men of color to serve in the Union army. Meet the men of the 54th Massachusetts who proudly fought for union, for freedom and for honor. See how the Battle of Chickamauga was the last illusion of hope and the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

The battle of Gettysburg is the most recognized battle of the entire American Civil War. Meet the men who were part of the great struggle. Learn how close the South came to winning this critical battle and how the victory at Gettysburg became the turning point of the war for the North.

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 General Grant the first warrior of a new era.

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 Manassas (Bull Run) brings disaster, again, to the Union army. But the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) may be just the news President Lincoln has been waiting for.

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 General George McCellan has a huge numeric advantage on his "Peninsula Campaign" but, against all odds, comes out the loser in the battles for Richmond.

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 tragic consequence of civil war. In the west, U. S. Grant will only accept "unconditional surrender" in the battles for control of the Mississippi.

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" lawyer a powerful political voice and the champion of Union.

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 Cabin and the actions of the violent abolitionist John Brown irreparably sever the union and send the nation toward civil war.

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 agriculture.

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 Telegraph be the key? See what happens when we take our first steps down the information super highway.

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 settling into the high mountains of Utah.

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 sectional tension between the North & the South.

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.

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 mighty locomotives of the North, America takes a giant leap forward.

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 the rendezvous of Jim Bridger, experience this unique time in American history.

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

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

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 Jean Lafitte; and Frances Scott Key pens "The Star Spangled Banner."

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 wilderness west of the Mississippi in search of a famed Northwest Passage.

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.

We The People--a Miracle

We The People--a Miracle

America´s leaders come together once more for the Constitutional Convention, which eventually creates the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, and a government is formed for the people, by the people.

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.

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 Cowpens; and General Nathanael Greene continues the war of attrition.

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 south.

Refiner's Fire

Refiner's Fire

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

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 world war.

The Crisis

The Crisis

Washington does the unthinkable when he crosses the frozen Delaware for surprise attacks that will keep the patriot cause alive.

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 saves the Continental Army.

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 America will be free.

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 the British at Ticonderoga. Washington lays siege to British-held Boston.

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 battles of Lexington and Concord.

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 become the architects of American independence.

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 British government began taxing the colonies without their consent.

The New World

The New World

From the Renaissance to the Reformation and colonization, meet pioneers in science, religion, and exploration that paved the way to a new world and the birth of a nation.

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