Six-hour documentary on the American Revolution, from the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) through the ratification of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789). In addition ... See full summary »
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 John Adams (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Philip Vickers Fithian (6 episodes, 1997)
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 King George III (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Jehu Grant (6 episodes, 1997)
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 George Washington (6 episodes, 1997)
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 General John Burgoyne (6 episodes, 1997)
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 James Madison (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Abigail Adams (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Thomas Hutchinson (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Himself - Host (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Horace Walpole (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Luke-Slave (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Benjamin Franklin (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Patrick Henry (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Thomas Paine (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Thomas Jefferson (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Southern Patriot (5 episodes, 1997)
Joris Stuyck ...
 Johann Ewald (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Nicholas Cresswell (4 episodes, 1997)
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 General Charles Cornwallis (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Joseph Plumb Martin (4 episodes, 1997)
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 John Hancock (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Ambrose Serle (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Mercy Otis Warren (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Baroness von Riedesel (4 episodes, 1997)
Stephen Temperley ...
 Hector de Crevecoeur (4 episodes, 1997)
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 American Sergeant (4 episodes, 1997)
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 British Soldier (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Eliza Wilkinson (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Sir George Collier (3 episodes, 1997)
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Six-hour documentary on the American Revolution, from the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) through the ratification of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789). In addition to narration and interviews with historians, the series uses re-enactments of military engagements and excerpts from letters, diaries and other documents of the period, spoken by actors. Written by RK

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Bunker Hill
Music by Andrew Law
Produced and Arranged by Mark O'Connor
Performed by Mark O'Connor (violin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), John Jarvis (harpsichord), Russ Barenberg (guitar),
John Mock
(recorder) and Mark Schatz (bass)
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History coming alive ...
5 July 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

An excellent series, absolutely riveting - bought it on DVD and saw it in two sittings. I could write miles of praise about this documentary-in-the-best-sense-of-the-word, basically based on contemporary documentation, but I will add one tiny speck of criticism; in the last-but-one episode, we almost get the impression that the British campaign in the South was supposed to lash out at the institution of slavery (there is some reference to the "All men are created equal" phrase in the Declaration of Independence being hypocritical), but of course the British could not have minded slavery in 1781 since they themselves would not abolish it for another fifty-two years. At the very end of the series, Dr. Pauline Meier puts forth a very interesting thought: that the world tends to forget its heritage from the American revolution simply because - unlike the French revolution and the Russian revolution - it succeeded. When all is said and done, this is the revolution that launched world democracy.


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