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The story of the men who forged the nation comes alive through their own words and writings in this DVD set. Their signatures line the documents that are the blueprints for our most hallowed institutions, their accomplishments are at the heart of history books, and their faces stare out at us from our currency. But the heroes who created our country were people, and their humanity is often obscured by the veils of time. This moving program uses their own words and writings--given voice by actors James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Burt Reynolds, Michael York and others--to help us understand the men who forged the nation. From the first stirrings of discontent to independence and the ratification of the Constitution, FOUNDING FATHERS reveals the personalities behind the legends and offers an intimate take on the pivotal events in the creation of the nation.
|S01E01||Rebels... With a Cause||00/00/0000||The birth of American democracy was attended by an extraordinary cast of characters, drawn from every level of colonial society. They brought to the cause of independence a dazzling array of talents and genius -- and an equally noteworthy range of personality flaws and defects. Sam Adams was a rumpled, pugnacious man who failed at a variety of professions, before finding his niche as a revolutionary with a knack for inciting mob violence. John Hancock, a wealthy, aristocratic merchant, was also a known wine-smuggler with a major economic stake in breaking away from Britain. But the unique chemistry of this political "odd couple" would prove pivotal, combining to spark the fires of resentment which until then had been merely smoldering within the colonies.|
|S01E02||Taking Liberties||00/00/0000||In the aftermath of heavy British tax levies and the shock of the Boston Massacre, the situation in the American colonies grew more incendiary. Helping to fan the flames was the eloquent orator Patrick Henry, who rose from backwoods obscurity to marry into money and make the first open "call to arms." Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin, actually slow to join the colonists' cause, was in London -- desperately attempting to patch things up with King George. Across the Atlantic, George Washington, a retired soldier with a spotty military record, maneuvered for command of the rebel forces, while an alcoholic essay writer named Thomas Paine published "Common Sense," one of the period's most famous, and inflammatory, tracts.|
|S01E03||You Say You Want a Revolution?||00/00/0000||After the final defeat of British forces in Yorktown, the 13 colonies found themselves in a unique and frightening situation: building a new, democratic nation with no money, few allies and no blueprint of how to proceed. The revolution's savior would turn out to be the shy, studious James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Also vital to the new nation's survival was ensuring good ties with the friends it possessed. Sent to Paris to maintain vital ties with the French, Thomas Jefferson would engage in not one but two scandalous affairs: one with a married woman and one with his slave Sally Hemings. Back in the newly independent America, the revered George Washington would decline the title of "King" -- and become the first President of the grand social experiment that came to be the United States of America.|
|S01E04||A Healthy Constitution||00/00/0000||By 1776, the rebels would finally make their fateful, final break with Britain. One of those advocating this extreme step was a young Virginia planter named Thomas Jefferson. A misogynist who suffered debilitating migraines, the man who penned the Declaration of Independence wrestled all his life with the contradiction of being a slave-owner himself. On the battlefield, the war did not get off to a promising start. George Washington failed miserably in his first campaigns, while Ben Franklin's own son was arrested for plotting to aid the enemy. But as the revolutionary army gained in experience and confidence -- and the French threw their considerable financial support into the fray -- the tide slowly but surely began to turn in the rebels' direction.|
|S02E00||A More Perfect Union||00/00/0000||Based on Joseph Ellis's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, FOUNDING BROTHERS examines six moments when the collisions and collusions of these towering figures left an indelible imprint on the nation.|
|S02E01||A More Perfect Union Part 1||00/00/0000||Based on Joseph Ellis's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, FOUNDING BROTHERS examines six moments when the collisions and collusions of these towering figures left an indelible imprint on the nation.|
|S02E02||A More Perfect Union Part 2||00/00/0000||Based on Joseph Ellis's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, FOUNDING BROTHERS examines six moments when the collisions and collusions of these towering figures left an indelible imprint on the nation.|
|S02E03||Evolution of a Revolution Part 1||00/00/0000|
|S02E04||Evolution of a Revolution Part 2||00/00/0000|