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Liberty! The American Revolution

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Website: http://www.uen.org/emedia
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  • Liberty! The American Revolution Ep.2 - Blows Must Decide (1774-1776)

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. Includes educational curriculum package. In the second episode, 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.

    Length: 00:55:01
  • Liberty! The American Revolution, Ep.3 - The Times That Try Men's Souls (1776-1777)

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. Includes educational curriculum package. In the third episode, 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.

    Length: 00:54:51
  • Liberty! The American Revolution. Episode 01-The Reluctant Revolutionaries (1763-1774).

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. The first episode begins In 1763, the capitol city of America is London, George Washington is lobbying for a post in the British army, and no one thinks of Boston harbor when they hear talk of tea parties. In a dozen years, the colonies are on the brink of rebellion. What happens to bring this country so quickly near war with England?

    Length: 00:57:44
  • Liberty! The American Revolution. Episode 04-Oh Fatal Ambition (1777-1778).

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. Includes educational curriculum package. In the fourth episode, 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.

    Length: 00:55:04
  • Liberty! The American Revolution. Episode 05-The World Turned Upside Down (1778-1783).

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. Includes educational curriculum package. In the fifth episode, 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.

    Length: 00:54:49
  • Liberty! The American Revolution. Episode 06-Are We to Be a Nation? (1783-1788).

    Featuring dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period plus live-action re-creations, this compelling series traces the events leading up to the war and America's fight for freedom. Follow the course of revolution as George Washington assumes leadership, Benjamin Franklin goes to France seeking support, and colonists come together in a conflict that will forge a new nation. Includes educational curriculum package. In the final episode, 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.

    Length: 00:57:58

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