They came of age in a new world of intoxicating and innovative ideas about human and civil rights, diverse economic systems, and self-government. In a few short years, these men and women would transform themselves into architects of the future through the building of a new nation unlike any that had ever come before.
From the roots of the rebellion and the signing of the Declaration of Independence to victory on the battlefield at Yorktown and the adoption of The United States Constitution, The Revolution tells he remarkable story of this important era in history.
Venturing beyond the conventional list of generals and politicians, The History Channel introduces the full range of individuals who helped shape this great conflict, including some of the war’s most influential unsung heroes.
Through cinematic recreations, intimate biographical investigations, and provocative political, military, and economic analysis, The Revolution breathes new life into one of the most pivotal periods in American history.
Boston, Bloody Boston. The controversies and conflicts leading to war, including the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Rebellion to Revolution. The Revolutionaries lay siege to Boston; the formation of the Continental Army and the conscription of slaves by both sides.
Declaring Independence. Dark and devastating struggles challenge the dreams for independence in 1776.
American Crisis. General George Washington gambles on a brilliant yet dangerously daring stroke to save his army and America.
Path to World War. Benjamin Franklin tries to convince the French to join the fight against Britain; Philadelphia falls to the British; the Americans win a stunning victory at Saratoga and gain a new ally.
Forging an Army. Washington struggles to sustain and rebuild his Army at Valley Forge.
Treason & Betrayal. General Benedict Arnold betrays the revolution.
The War Heads South. The British lay siege to Charleston.
Hornet’s Nest. War erupts in the Southern Colonies.
The End Game. The struggle for independence reaches its climax as both sides are tired of the war.
Becoming a Nation. King George III is forced by the parliament to sue for peace and Washington disbands the Continental Army.
Road to the Presidency. The War is over, but Washington is enlisted for another duty.
A President and His Revolution. While Washington is on his way to be inaugurated as the first US president, he looks back at some defining moments in the revolution.
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