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 John Adams (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Alexander Hamilton (6 episodes, 1997)
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 John Dickinson (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Philip Vickers Fithian (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Narrator (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)
Forrest Sawyer ...
 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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 Anti-Federalist / ... (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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A nearly first person look at The American Revolution
13 May 2000 | by (Wahiawa, HI) – See all my reviews

Extra! The Empire gets the boot in the Rim Colonies! Emperor vilified by common rabble! Imperial forces attacked by Rebel forces! Headlines from "The Tatooine Gazette"? No. The start of an experiment in self government and a war that secured no enemy territory and succeeded where later revolutions failed. With no video, film cameras, or CNN, how does one make the world of 1763 real? By having actors read from speeches and papers of the principal movers and shakers of the day. The actors are to be commended for fleshing out long-dead historical figures, especially "King George III" and "Maj. Gen. Burgoyne." It is an interesting journey, as the American colonists change over time from respectful subjects of King George III to concerned tax rebels, an aroused militia, committee members drafting petitions, to "Common Sense" citizens seeking Independence. This series deserves the DVD treatment, with behind the scenes sections about the many reenacters and preservation societies that show how the world of John and Abigail Adams worked/works. A&E's look at the same subject used paintings and voiceovers to cover the same ground, but Ken Burns' "The Civil War" had photographic impact that oils couldn't capture. I hope that PBS will broadcast this soon, or as a July 4th special for those who missed it the first time.


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