Profiles of notable figures in American history, through dramatic re-enactments, interviews with descendants and historians, and archival photographs.
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Dermot Mulroney ...  Himself - Narrator 34 episodes, 2015-2018
Bill O'Reilly ...  Himself - Host 22 episodes, 2015-2017
Timothy Brooks ...  Jacob Strickland 16 episodes, 2015-2018
Brian Kilmeade ...  Himself - Host 14 episodes, 2018
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It is often said that winners write prevailing histories. Bias and inaccuracies of memory lead to legends supporting the views of the winners. In Legends and Lies-The Patriots, the authors differentiate the facts of events from contemporary popular opinions which have survived to the present day. The character studies are insightful and do much to explain the motivations of citizens to become Patriots opposing the British. The dramatization makes the series come alive for adults and children. Written by jcsmsb

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12 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Since Bill O'Reilly's dismissal from Fox News between seasons two and three, his interview footage will not be appearing on the show any further. He is however still credited as 'executive producer'. See more »

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Revisionist History
14 May 2018 | by familysulinSee all my reviews

Facts NOT in dispute and easily verified: Southern States issued Declarations of War citing the main cause (and in some cases 'only cause') for War being the Northern States failure to accept and recognize:

  • that Slavery was right and just,
  • Escaped Slaves should be returned to their owners,
  • people who were Slaves were subhuman and therefore not only was it ok to 'own' them, but that those who were 'free' should not be allowed any human rights such as the ability to own land or bring charges in a Courtof Law.


Despite the series layout focusing on individuals rather than underlying motivations, the myths are not debunked and are rather reinforced wrongly as fact in some cases. Worse, revisionis history in attempts to incorrectly identify States Rights as the main cause for bloodshed is embedded insidiously throughout.

A more accurate portrayal would showcase the difficult position of; plantation owners faced with the harsh reality that they would no longer be able to maintain his land without Slave, the plight of the poor farmer who hoped to have wealth of his own and without Slavery sees his future crumble to dust, and finally the basic rationale of many at the time... simply put that Slaves must not have souls or be truly human because if they were then all involved in ownership, buying, selling, and trade of slaves would be guilty of heinous sin. That included parents and grandparents, husbands, wives, etc. as a heartbreak of that precluded the possibility. This was something they just couldn't believ, so they turned a blind eye. There is a quote along those lines I can't quite recall at the moment, but it essentially says as otherwise good Christians, their treatment of Slaves as less than even animals certainly would damn them to hell so they must be less than human.


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