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Cost of Victory

Cost of Victory

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Overlord

Overlord

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

As the Great Depression worsens, people's hopes are fading fast. Just when things seem the worst, Franklin Roosevelt promises that "Happy Day Are...

End of a Dream

End of a Dream

Originally aired:

"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 20's

The Roaring 20's

Originally aired:

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

The War to End All Wars

The War to End All Wars

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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!

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

Originally aired:

The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration to the United States. The Statue of Liberty had lifter her lamp "beside the golden door" and the poor...

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

Originally aired:

American politics in the Gilded Age was 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

Originally aired:

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

The Last Round-Up

The Last Round-Up

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

Cattle barons fight to maintain their power and money.

How The West Was Lost II

How The West Was Lost II

Originally aired:

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

How The West Was Lost

How The West Was Lost

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Brothers Again

Brothers Again

Originally aired:

Witness the remarkable meeting of General Grant with General Lee, where they begin to heal the nation’s wounds.

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

Originally aired:

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

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

Originally aired:

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

March to the Sea

March to the Sea

Originally aired:

General William T. Sherman may be the most vilified man of the war, but he is a man who did not burn Atlanta or Charleston and was very friendly...

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

Originally aired:

Learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Chattanooga, and other events surrounding the American Civil War.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

Originally aired:

Learn how close the South came to winning this critical battle and how Gettysburg became the turning point of the war.

Changing Of The Guard: Lee And Grant

Changing Of The Guard: Lee And Grant

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

From The Jaws Of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

From The Jaws Of Victory (They Snatched Defeat)

Originally aired:

Take a look at Civil War battles where the victors clinched their success against all odds.

The Fires of Secession

The Fires of Secession

Originally aired:

Hear the first shots of the Civil War and travel from coast to coast seeing the tragic consequences that followed.

Mr. Lincoln's War

Mr. Lincoln's War

Originally aired:

Learn about the struggles of an unassuming “backwoods” lawyer who became a powerful political voice and the champion of the Union.

A House Divided

A House Divided

Originally aired:

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

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Different Visions, Different Dreams

Originally aired:

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

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Originally aired:

As the nation expands across the continent, find a way to keep in touch with the Pony Express, stage coach, and telegraph.

Go West, Young Man

Go West, Young Man

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

Learn about the growing pains and sectional tensions between the North and the South as the nation expands across the continent.

The Growing Stain Of Slavery

The Growing Stain Of Slavery

Originally aired:

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

Rivers & Railroads

Rivers & Railroads

Originally aired:

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

The Mountain Men

The Mountain Men

Originally aired:

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

Discovery Continues

Discovery Continues

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Into The Great Unknown

Into The Great Unknown

Originally aired:

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

Now What? Doubling Our Size

Now What? Doubling Our Size

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Patriots' Finest Hour

Patriots' Finest Hour

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

The War Goes South

The War Goes South

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga

Originally aired:

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

The Crisis

The Crisis

Originally aired:

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

The Miracle at New York

The Miracle at New York

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

The Miracle of Ticonderoga

The Miracle of Ticonderoga

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

Seeds of Independence

Seeds of Independence

Originally aired:

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

Originally aired:

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

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 Day 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 20's

The Roaring 20's

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

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?

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 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 lifter her lamp "beside the golden door" 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 was 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 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.

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 the last free Apache, Geronimo, 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 he's good with a gun, and he's got a badge.

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

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

Brothers Again

Brothers Again

Witness the remarkable meeting of General Grant with General Lee, where they begin to heal the nation’s wounds.

Lost Cause

Lost Cause

Confederate General John Bell Hood launches an invasion of union held Tennessee and General Jubal Early strikes at the federal capitol of Washington, DC. Generals Grant and Lee glare out at each other at the siege of Petersburg.

On to Richmond

On to Richmond

In General Grant’s Wilderness Campaign, the Union army suffers defeat after defeat. Despite these victories, General Lee feels the pressure 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, but he is a man who did not burn Atlanta or Charleston and was very friendly to the southern point of view.

Price of Honor

Price of Honor

Learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Chattanooga, and other events surrounding the American Civil War.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

Learn how close the South came to winning this critical battle and how Gettysburg became the turning point of the war.

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.

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 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.

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 Union.

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 union and send the nation toward Civil War.

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 and agriculture.

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 telegraph.

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

Learn about the growing pains and sectional tensions between the North and the South as the nation expands across the continent.

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 & Railroads

Rivers & Railroads

Take a giant leap forward with the new technology of the steam engine, and see how American traffic and trade change accross the nation--from steamships in the south to mighty locomotives in the North.

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 of Jim Bridger.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 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.

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 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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