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"Liberty! The American Revolution" Blows Must Decide: 1774-1776 (1997)

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Original Air Date:
23 November 1997 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Ellen Hovde 
Muffie Meyer 
Writing credits
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Ronald Blumer  writer

Produced by
Catherine Allan .... executive producer
Ronald Blumer .... co-producer
Smokey Forester .... producer
Ellen Hovde .... producer
Laurie Jones .... field producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... producer
Muffie Meyer .... producer
Jennifer Raikes .... associate producer
Sharon Sachs .... co-producer
Jo Umans .... producer
Cinematography by
Tom Hurwitz 
Film Editing by
Sharon Sachs 
Costume Design by
Candice Donnelly 
Makeup Department
Leslie Fuller .... makeup department head
Production Management
Steve Krahnke .... production manager
Sound Department
Lawrence Loewinger .... additional sound
Eric Neudel .... additional sound
Roger Phenix .... sound
Robert Sturm .... sound re-recording mixer
Tiegh Thompson .... additional sound
Merce Williams .... additional sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Babas .... key grip
Christine Burrill .... additional camera operator
Ned Hallick .... gaffer
Roger Phenix .... additional camera operator
Margot Roth .... additional camera operator
Dyanna Taylor .... additional camera operator
Joe Vitagliano .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Marcos Levy .... stills animation
Editorial Department
Aljernon Tunsil .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Schermerhorn .... conductor
Other crew
Holly Gill .... director of research
Avra Scher .... production associate
Nora Stonehill .... production accountant

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Special Effects by
Josh Turi .... special effects crew
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40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Yet another quality episode of a great series., 26 May 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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