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Liberty! The American Revolution 

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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 Sara Scott 6 episodes, 1997
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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
Remak Ramsay ...
 Thomas Hutchinson 6 episodes, 1997
Forrest Sawyer ...
 Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1997
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 Virginia Officer / ... 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
Jamison Selby ...
 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
Neil Maffin ...
 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
Mark Letheren ...
 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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The Flowers of Edinburgh
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Produced and Arranged by Mark O'Connor
Performed by Mark O'Connor (violin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), John Jarvis (piano), Russ Barenberg (guitar),
John Mock (pennywhistle, bodhran) and Mark Schatz (bass)
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A fantastic portrayal of the Enlightenment's climax
27 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

It is safe to say that the American Revolution was the pinnacle of the Enlightenment. There, all the ideas the philosophes had proposed were put to the test. They passed the test. I don't mean to sound nationalistic to non-Americans, but I do feel this way.

We live in a very cynical time period. We are cynical about our governments, cynical about our past, and cynical about humanity in general. Yes, cynicism is good, but we should also keep in mind how far we have come. I am a history buff, yet I am going to say this: History needs its heros, for without them, it has no meaning to our inner selves. The documentary reminds us of how far we have come.

Yes, "Liberty: The American Revolution" could have had more facts in it, but that is minor. What amazes me is how it was able to show the ultimate goodness in the revolution, yet did so without making anyone a villain. The British are not shown as evil, just as being on the wrong side of history.

Another thing I liked was how the documentary had no dialogue that wasn't historically spoken. Everything the characters said was taken from letters, interviews, and so forth.

Yet I must say, my favorite part.......was the soundtrack. I bet you thought I was going to try to say something deep :) Well, it is true.


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