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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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Complete series cast summary:
Jane Adams ...  Sara Scott 6 episodes, 1997
Peter Donaldson Peter Donaldson ...  John Adams 6 episodes, 1997
Colm Feore ...  Alexander Hamilton 6 episodes, 1997
Victor Garber ...  John Dickinson 6 episodes, 1997
Anthony Heald ...  Philip Vickers Fithian 6 episodes, 1997
Edward Herrmann ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 1997
Alex Jennings ...  King George III 6 episodes, 1997
Mel Johnson Jr. ...  Jehu Grant 6 episodes, 1997
Stephen Lang ...  George Washington 6 episodes, 1997
Terrence Mann ...  General John Burgoyne 6 episodes, 1997
Jefferson Mays ...  James Madison 6 episodes, 1997
Donna Murphy ...  Abigail Adams 6 episodes, 1997
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ...  Thomas Hutchinson 6 episodes, 1997
Forrest Sawyer Forrest Sawyer ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1997
Jake Weber ...  Virginia Officer / ... 6 episodes, 1997
Paxton Whitehead ...  Horace Walpole 6 episodes, 1997
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ...  Luke-Slave 6 episodes, 1997
Philip Bosco ...  Benjamin Franklin 5 episodes, 1997
James Naughton ...  Patrick Henry 5 episodes, 1997
Roger Rees ...  Thomas Paine 5 episodes, 1997
Campbell Scott ...  Thomas Jefferson 5 episodes, 1997
Jamison Selby Jamison Selby ...  Southern Patriot 5 episodes, 1997
Joris Stuyck Joris Stuyck ...  Johann Ewald 5 episodes, 1997
JD Cullum ...  Nicholas Cresswell 4 episodes, 1997
Daniel Gerroll ...  General Charles Cornwallis 4 episodes, 1997
Philip Seymour Hoffman ...  Joseph Plumb Martin 4 episodes, 1997
Byron Jennings ...  John Hancock 4 episodes, 1997
Simon Jones ...  Ambrose Serle 4 episodes, 1997
Neil Maffin ...  Anti-Federalist / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Roberta Maxwell ...  Mercy Otis Warren 4 episodes, 1997
Francie Swift ...  Baroness von Riedesel 4 episodes, 1997
Stephen Temperley Stephen Temperley ...  Hector de Crevecoeur 4 episodes, 1997
Steve Zahn ...  American Sergeant 4 episodes, 1997
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ...  British Soldier 3 episodes, 1997
Kali Rocha ...  Eliza Wilkinson 3 episodes, 1997
Douglas Weston ...  Sir George Collier 3 episodes, 1997


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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23 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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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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Simply exceptional.
29 May 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Liberty! The American Revolution" is about as good a series on the American Revolution as you can find and it not only is about what led to the war as well as the war but also the period AFTER the war when the Colonies were 13 independent nations in need of a stronger central government. How this led to the Constitution is discussed in the final episode. Exceptional production values, nice historical re-creations and an interesting script make this one to watch. As a retired history teacher, I found very little to complain about except in episode five--which made it sound as if the Colonies BEAT the British. This is a misconception. The British cut their losses and left the Colonies because they were involved in a world war with France, Spain AND Holland--so the Colonies ALONE were not victorious--it was clearly a group effort. Well worth seeing--and it's not too surprising since it's from PBS video--and those folks seem to make one amazing documentary after another.

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