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Liberty: Episode 2. Blows Must Decide, 1774-1776

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A total break from Great Britain remains hard for Americans to imagine, even after shots are fired at Lexington and Concord. Words push matters "Over the Edge" in 1776. Common Sense argues that it is the natural right of men to govern themselves. The Declaration of Independence declares this same idea a "self-evident" truth. For Americans, there is no looking back. There will be war with England.
Online
1997
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Liberty: Episode 6. Are We to Be a Nation?, 1783-1788

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Peace comes to the United States, but governing the world's newest republic is no simple task. Congress is ineffectual and individual states act like sovereign nations. By the time the Constitutional Convention convenes in 1787, many wonder if the country can survive. The long ratification process helps define what sort of nation the United States is to be - a process that continues to this day.
Online
1997
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Liberty: Episode 3. The Times That Try Men's Souls, 1776-1777

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Days after the Declaration of Independence is signed, a British force arrives in New York harbor. Washington and his troops are driven to New Jersey. With only a few days of enlistment left for many of his volunteers, a desperate Washington leads his army quietly across the Delaware River on the day after Christmas, 1776, to mount a surprise attack on a sleeping garrison in Trenton.
Online
1997
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Liberty: Episode 5. The World Turned Upside Down, 1778-1783

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The British hope to exploit the issue of slavery and to enlist the support of loyalists in the south. They fail. After a series of brutal engagements, the British army heads for Virginia, only to be trapped by the miraculous convergence of Washington's army and the French fleet at Yorktown. The end of the war is at hand.
Online
1997
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Liberty: Episode 4. Oh Fatal Ambition, 1777-1778

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The 'united' states remain in dire need of funds and military support. Congress dispatches Benjamin Franklin to France in hopes of creating an alliance which will provide both. Meanwhile, a British army marches down the Hudson River trying to cut off New England from the other colonies. The British are crushed by Americans at Saratoga. The French enter the conflict on the American side.
Online
1997
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The Real George Washington

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A look at America's first president, whose face is as familiar as the dollar bill but whom most of us hardly know. By using high-tech tools and scientific techniques, archaeologists, scientists, and historians are uncovering new clues about who George Washington really was.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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America at War: Volume I the American Revolution

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What began as a war of ideas eventually erupted into the American revolution. These programs trace the beginnings of the conflict and shows how leaders like Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson emerged to change history.
DVD
2007; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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Benjamin Franklin

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Traces Franklin's life from humble beginnings to fame as a scientist, founding father, and America's first diplomat to France.
DVD
2006; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Unlikely Allies [electronic resource]

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This video brings to life a vastly important time in American history, when events set forces in motion that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. The video combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military -- and whose blunders inadvertently trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has been distorted or long forgotten, is the critical [...]
Online
2005
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Turning the Tide [electronic resource]

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This video brings to life a vastly important time in American history, when events set forces in motion that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. The video combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military -- and whose blunders inadvertently trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has been distorted or long forgotten, is the critical [...]
Online
2005
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Unintended Consequences [electronic resource]

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This video brings to life a vastly important time in American history, when events set forces in motion that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. The video combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military -- and whose blunders inadvertently trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has been distorted or long forgotten, is the critical [...]
Online
2005