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Founding Brothers [2 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:01/10/2012
An adaptation of Joseph Ellis's Pulitzer Prize-winning tome, this documentary travels back to the Revolutionary War era. It argues that seven founding fathers of the United States - George Washington, James Madison, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- didn't have one set of "self-evident" truths, but actually a series of complex and diverse visions of the country that needed to be reconciled and woven together to form a cohesive whole. This, the filmmakers suggests, happened via six key events: George Washington's farewell address to the country, Burr and Hamilton's duel, Ben Franklin's order for an end to slavery, the final reconciliation between Jefferson and Adams, a secret dinner that determined where the capital would be situated, and John Adams's election to the presidency. All are profiled here.
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    Special Features

    • Closed Captioned


    Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union, Part Two - Government
    Founding Brothers: The Evolution of a Revolution, Part Four - Posterity
    Founding Brothers: The Evolution of a Revolution, Part Three - Parties
    Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union, Part One - Leadership

    Cast & Crew

    • Peter Coyote
      Peter Coyote - Thoms Jefferson
    • Brian Dennehy
      Brian Dennehy - George Washington
    • Edward Herrmann
      Edward Herrmann - Narrator
    • Hal Holbrook
      Hal Holbrook - Benjamin Franklin
    • Rob Lowe
      Rob Lowe - James Madison

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