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The War That Made America Part 1 [electronic resource]: A Country Between

This episode focuses on George Washington, a pivotal figure in the start of the French and Indian War, a conflict that pitted England against France in the New World. Caught between were the Indian nations, whose leaders struggled to protect their people's interests. After a resounding defeat in his first full-scale battle at Fort Necessity, Washington became an aide to General Edward Braddock, who had been sent from England with a large force to evict the French. Braddock was overwhelmingly defeated and died of his battlefield wounds. Britain then sent additional troops, setting the stage for the next phase of the war.
Online
2005
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The War That Made America Part 2 [electronic resource]: Unlikely Allies

As the war moved to upstate New York, relationships among the French, British, Indians, and colonial settlers become increasingly tense. This episode tells how Indians saw the war as an opportunity to regain control of their territory. While French and English officers perceived the Indians as barbarians, they were forced into uneasy alliances with them. Interesting characters emerged, like British general Andrew William Johnson, an Irish fur trader with an exceptional ability to bridge the cultural divide, and his friend, the Mohawk Chief Hendrick. As the front lines stretched from North Carolina to Canada, it was far from clear who the victors would be.
Online
2005
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The War That Made America Part 3 [electronic resource]: Turning the Tide

In this episode, the tide has turned, and the British have started to tighten the noose on the outnumbered French forces. Although British Major-General James Abercrombie was defeated by the Marquis de Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga, France no longer supplied the resources for victory. The British dispatched General John Forbes to conquer Fort Duquesne at the Forks of the Ohio, where the French had been entrenched since Braddock's defeat. An Eastern Delaware chief named Teedyuscung helped secure victory for Forbes. Washington was almost killed by "friendly fire," and wondered if Providence had spared him for a higher purpose.
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2005
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The War That Made America Part 4 [electronic resource]: Unintended Consequences

This final episode describes how the British push north into Canada and lay siege to the hilltop fort at Quebec. General James A. Wolfe orders his troops to launch a surprise attack that defeats the French at last. Aided by the Iroquois, the British bring the war, and French influence in Canada, to an end. In the aftermath of victory, the British treasury is drained, and Parliament imposes taxes on the colonies. George Washington, now a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, chafes at British control. With the Stamp Act and the Tea tax, the time arrives to declare independence, and Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
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2005