Today on Discovery Enterprise we celebrate the two hundred and thirty fourth anniversary of the founding of the United States of America with the first two episodes of the landmark PBS series “Liberty: The American Revolution – “The Reluctant Revolutionaries” and “Blows Must Decide”. This is a six part series hosted by former ABC News journalist Forrest Sawyer and narrated by veteran actor Edward Kirk Herrmann.
In the first installment “The Reluctant Revolutionaries” 1763-1774, we are introduced to the pre-Revolutionary society of colonial America under the British and loyal to the British crown. In 1763, the capitol city of colonial 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?
In episode two “Blows Must Decide” 1774-1776, 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. Thomas Paine’s 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.
So our dear readers join us as we celebrate American Independence Day and the founding of the United States of America as an independent nation. And, from of us at Discovery Enterprise – Happy Birthday America!
Liberty: The American Revolution Episode 1 – “The Reluctant Revolutionaries”
Liberty: The American Revolution Episode 2 – “Blows Must Decide” 1774-1776