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Peter Coyote ... Thomas Jefferson (voice)

Brian Dennehy ... George Washington (voice)
Joseph Ellis ... Himself

Edward Herrmann ... Narrator (voice)

Hal Holbrook ... Benjamin Franklin (voice)

Lisa Joffrey ... Abigail Adams (voice)

Rob Lowe ... James Madison (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself
Roger Mudd ... Himself - History Channel Host

Burt Reynolds ... Patrick Henry (voice)

James Woods ... John Adams (voice)

Michael York ... Alexander Hamilton (voice)

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Melissa Jo Peltier (co-director)
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Joseph Ellis  book
Kelly McPherson 
Melissa Jo Peltier  written by

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Adam Hyman .... co-producer
Kelly McPherson .... producer
Melissa Jo Peltier .... executive producer
Bonnie Peterson .... supervising producer

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The "self evident" truths were intensely debated in America's first years., 13 April 2005
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The "self evident" truths were intensely debated in America's first years. Washington, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Burr struggled to transform their desperate visions into an enduring government.

Based on Joseph Ellis's Pulittzed Prize winning book, Founding Brothers examines six moments when the collision and collusions of these towering figures left an indelible imprint on the nation: the secret dinner that determined the site of the capital and America's financial future; Benjamin Franklin's call for an end to slavery; George Washington's farewell address to the nation; John Adams's term as president; Hamilton and Burr's famous and fatal duel; and the final reconciliation between Adams and Jefferson.

Drawing on the words of the founders and incisive commentary from leading scholars, Founding Brothers is an elegant and engaging portrait of America's origins in personal conflict and compromise.

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