Freedom: A History of Us 2003 | TV Show

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A 16-part history of the U.S., as told by historical figures (noted actors supply the voices), plus occasional commentary. Based on books by Joy Hakim.

Premiered: January 12, 2003

Rating: TV-G

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Season 1, Episode 4 Wake Up America (1788-1848)

First Aired: January 19, 2003

“Wake Up America” (Part 4 of 16) recalls technological progress and social reforms of the 19th century. Voices include Jennifer Aniston (Jesse Benton), Philip Bosco (Peter Cooper), Michael Caine (Edward Everett), Harry Connick Jr. (M. Jeff Thompson), Blythe Danner (Elizabeth Cady Stanton), Ralph Fiennes (DeWitt Clinton), Whoopi Goldberg (Sojourner Truth), Tom Hanks (Reporter), Anthony Hopkins (William Radcliffe), Kevin Kline (Robert Fulton), Matthew McConaughey (Charles Fenno Hoffman), Tim Robbins (Moses Brown), Kevin Spacey (Herman Melville), Stanley Tucci (Sam Slater) and Robin Williams (Josiah Quincy). Katie Couric narrates.

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Liberty for All? (1620-1849)

Season 1, Episode 3

January 19, 2003

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A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861)

Season 1, Episode 5

January 17, 2003

Guest Cast

Jennifer Aniston Jesse Benton
Philip Bosco Peter Cooper
Stanley Tucci Sam Slater