Liberty! The American Revolution: Season 1, Episode 2

Blows Must Decide: 1774-1776 (23 Nov. 1997)

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Yet another quality episode of a great series.
26 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second in a six-part series on the American Revolution. Just like the other episodes, this one is fantastic--extremely well made and reeking of quality throughout. Though recreations, narration and interviews, the story of this struggle is told and I am glad I saw it.

Part Two begins with a huge shift in American attitudes towards the British. In the previous show, these colonists were still loyal to the mother country and very few sought independence. However, by about 1774, more and more folks (especially in Massachusetts) were calling for war. And, at the same time, the sentiment in Parliament was that the Colonists were being unreasonable--like unruly children who needed to be punished and brought back into line. At first, this was seen with the Tea Tax--which Parliament required whether or not the people even bought the tea (since boycotts were a way around previous taxes)! This resulted in the Boston Tea Party--which resulted in the British closing Boston Harbor--thus destroying the local economy. Not surprisingly, the first shots fired in the war began in nearby Concord. Now you might think that this would result in a widespread war, but it did not and remained, for the time being, a localized event. Even as the war slowly spread, many in the Continental Congress wanted to make up with Britain and made overtures for a reconciliation. And, very oddly, the Congress also concurrently created an army! What's next? See the next show and see.

As I said above, the series is exceptional. Its level of detail and quality of production make it THE series to see about this war.


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