Liberty! The American Revolution (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 ... See full summary »

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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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 Thomas Paine (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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 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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When Bidden to the Wake or Fair
Music by William Shield
Produced and Arranged by Mark O'Connor
Performed by Mark O'Connor (violin) and Yo-Yo Ma (cello)
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Fairly balanced view of the Revolution
12 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary features actors speaking the words of long-dead people, from Abigail Adams to King George III to Hessian mercenaries. The result is a multi-faceted view of the American Revolution. I use part of this program to teach the Revolution in my college courses for this reason. Since this is a U.S. production, the bias is pro-Revolution. I do not mind this, since my side won that war. I appreciate, however, the honest discussion of the key contradiction of the Revolution--the maintenance of slavery as part of the struggle for independence. Our founders were people, not demigods.

I will correct another commenter on this website. King George III actually spoke flawless English, as the actor who portrays him does. The monarch's great-grandfather (George I) spoke German. George II, grandfather of George III, spoke English as a second language. George III, however, took pride in speaking excellent English.


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