Liberty! The American Revolution [3 Discs] [DVD]
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Overview

Special Features

  • Who Said What? A trivia quiz
  • Performance by James Taylor & Mark O'Connor "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier"
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 2: Blows Must Decide
Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 2: Blows Must Decide covers a time when the Americans were reluctant to break from England, although hostile fire had already broken out at both Lexington and Concord. The program presents the power of words as Thomas Paine declares, in Common Sense, that it is the natural right of men to govern themselves. And the powerful elite gather to draft the Declaration of Independence, which proposes a similar position. From this point, the inevitable will occur; Americans are aware that a war must be fought with England. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 5: The World Turned Upside Down
In this PBS series, filmmakers use a combination of expert commentators, actors, and archived material to present strategic events in the American Revolution. Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 5: The World Turned Upside Down looks at how the British tried to find holes in the unified colonist front, searching for loyalist support in the south. But fighting intensified, and the British, hoping for victory in Virginia, found themselves trapped at Yorktown, with Washington's army on one side and the French on the other. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 1: The Reluctant Revolutionaries
This six-part series of PBS documentaries featuring major events of the American Revolution utilizes a combination of Revolutionary-era scholars, actors, and eyewitness reports. Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 1: The Reluctant Revolutionaries steps back to the days when the capital city of America was called London, George Washington had yet to reach political prominence, and Boston Harbor was not yet connected with tea. Forrest Sawyer is the host for the series, which is narrated by Edward Herrmann. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 3: The Times That Try Men's Souls
In the third of a series of six PBS films about how events in the American Revolution unfolded, British troops arrive in New York Harbor, and George Washington and his contingent are forced to New Jersey. On December 26, only a few days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington crosses the Delaware to launch a surprise attack on a group of English soldiers in Trenton. The series is hosted by ABC anchorman Forrest Sawyer and narrated by Edward Herrmann. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 6: Are We to be a Nation?
The final episode of this series on the American Revolution deals with the difficulties of governing the young nation. Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 6: Are We to Be a Nation? is an examination of the problems of peace as the new Congress struggled and the states lacked direction and cohesiveness. Doubt set in, and the fate of the country seemed uncertain. The program covers events at the Constitutional Convention and the long ratification process that was an important factor in determining how the United States saw itself, as well as how it was perceived by other countries. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 4: Oh, Fatal Ambition
The fourth episode of this series on the American Revolution finds the Americans short of money and men. Host Forrest Sawyer and a team of Revolutionary-era scholars discuss these troublesome problems, as well as Ben Franklin's trip to France to attempt to form an alliance. Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 4: Oh, Fatal Ambition shows British troops cutting off New England from the rest of the colonies, as well as the American victory at Saratoga. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

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