The Revolution

The Revolution

2006, History  -    -  Playlist 40 Comments
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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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3 months ago

A social revolution unlike any the world has ever seen.
With false information like this, it becomes clear why people in the US are so poorly educated.
You forgot the Russian and the French revolutions, nevermind the ones in Asia...
Democracy was never intended in the US, nor human rights.
The US go places to exploit them, then drop them, to this day.

David Dieni
1 year ago

The myths of freedumb and pseudo democracy. Real rebellions, like the Shea rebellion were intolerable, and got very short shrift. It all such bull, and we re so stupid its bewildering
Dung Beatles are now out doing us in IQ testing, just by knowing what an IQ test, while crows have been out doing us for the past 20 years....but just don't like to crow about

Wbat about, give back our land mother *******....its not's yours do **** off!

Too complicated, is the language it in Latin then, I don't a **** as long as they **** off

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, and said "this is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau, The origins of inequality 1754

Everyone is stupid
Albert Einstein

5 years ago

Things were brutal back then, we have changed, although not for the better

5 years ago

None of us was there, calm down people.........

6 years ago

Missing the first episode covering the Stamp Acts, Lexington, Concord, and the build up to the war.

Robyn Lansford
10 years ago

There is only 12 videos....there should be 13.

10 years ago

C...... what complete bs. Why in the world would the wealthy do that? The stamp act and the tax on tea were so minute that the common man could pay without worries. The wanted government representation in England if they were to be taxed. If you read Martha Washington and Abigail Adams letters and journal you would clearly see how the wealthy suffered greatly. You don't have to like a groups history, but you shouldn't try to rewrite it, especially when it's not your own goofball.

11 years ago

The constitution is the law of this land ...not the federal, state or local government.

11 years ago

Love the documentary. It took me five days to watch it.

11 years ago

thank you for this, very good material for my history exam coming up :)

11 years ago

Thank you so very much for getting this series back online.

11 years ago

just getting into it before someone decided to remove it because of some third party copyright infringement.

11 years ago

Finally got to the end after 3 days...
Was a good thing for me since I never knew anything about all that.
I guess that the matter of dates isn't that much of a big thing for someone who just want a overview summary.

However, I agree that this docu focus on the Elite of those days.
And I was surprised to see that what realy triggered that revolution was not exactly the suffering of the "Small Peoples" but excessive UK taxation upon the American businesses. In facts, most of the revolution leaders had quite the same close to "Opulent" lifestyle as the business leaders in UK.

Up to a point where for more than a while, I ruminated the fact many of these revolution leaders where slave owners.
I guess that this was a pretty much common thing in those days.

Oh! I also noted that UK being an ocean away, felt the forecoming slave emancipation at an earlier time than the americans.
And that sure was a hurdle in the path of the revolution.
Lingering... Thinking how... What could follow...
The revolution leaders were not a bit interested into the abolition of slavery.
All in all, the US citizens do have to pay for the UK goofs in wars.

Finally, all this being totally absent from my education (Since I ain't, never was no US citizen), I was surprise for not seeing "General Lee" in a real battle with the confederate soutnern flag as we often see in many somewhat uproarious caricatures of the american revolution.
Nah, here I learned that it wasn't as I always though it was, not at all.
I now understand why all US Gov. affairs need to be kept "Confidential"!
And wonder how the 2 main USA political parties came to be and if one can be indentified, tracked back to this USA first century.

Final word,who are "Their slaves" in now days?
Washington wouldn't climb aboard an agriculture tractor?


11 years ago

Nonsense...this is nothing more than the usual mythic drivel about the American Revolution that is taught in American schools. That war was fought for wealth, instigated by the wealthy and, as always, bled for by the majority poor whose station in life change not a whit. It's all well and good to declare that "All Men are created equal" while excluding women, black slaves, white indentured servants and native Americans...and, of course, the poor of all races. Guess who made fortunes? The already wealthy, of course. All they did was create a buffer in the form of a thin middle class to protect themselves from the majority poor who are continually oppressed economically. Nothing really changed much at all for most people who lived during that era, and it's just the same today.

Daniel Maia
11 years ago

Is it possible to get the subtitles of those episodes? I'm a history teacher here in Brazil, and could be very useful in my classes...

11 years ago

Took a few days, but well worth a watch. An exceptionally well researched, informative and unbiased account of the American Revolution.

11 years ago

No Francis Bacon in the description means this is biased. He played a larger role than all of the founding fathers combined.

This is the 5th grade version of american history for americans only.

11 years ago

Would have been a good doc except for nagging little errors.

11 years ago

A David and Goliath struvggle is presented. However I have doubts about the claim that Britain, at the time had the best army in the world. Navy, yes, but army? What about Prussia? I don't know but I can see how such a claim would make "Little America" seem more heroic.

11 years ago

Good doc. It went well with the one about New York.

11 years ago

17,25 did he say a shy bitch ???

11 years ago

A long time ago the Americans were the terrorist insurgents.

Garabet Moumdjian
11 years ago

I watched the whole series...It was good to refresh one's memory, but was still the classical representation with few new in sights...I would still recommend it to university students!!!

11 years ago

Too bad there was a revolution. Maybe this country wouldn't be so screwed up if it were still british

11 years ago

And Ben Franklin was an agent of a reptilian race who live in underground caverns and who are returning to the surface to once again take their rightful place as the rulers of this planet. The battle has only just begun.

Waters boiling. Going to make some tea.

11 years ago

Nice fairy story.

"The seal of the pyramid was created by the Rothschild family and brought to North America by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "