Freedom: A History of Us Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: Yearning to Breathe Free - Freedom: A History of Us

“Yearning to Breathe Free” examines social and environmental-reform efforts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Voices include Meryl Streep (Mother Jones), Sean Connery (John Muir), Ralph Fiennes (John D. Rockefeller), Blythe Danner (Emma Lazarus), Jane Alexander (Jane Adams), Michael Caine (Newspaper Editor), Matthew McConaughey (Mark Twain), Harry Connick Jr. (Joseph Pulitzer), Julia Roberts (Appleton's Journal), Reese Witherspoon (Factory Girl), Chevy Chase (Theodore Roosevelt), Dana Reeve (Ida Tarbell) and Stanley Tucci (Frederic Bartholdi). Katie Couric narrates.

Episodes: Freedom: A History of Us (16)

2/21/2003: Becoming Free    Season 1, Episode 16
2/21/2003: Marching to Freedom Land    Season 1, Episode 15
2/14/2003: Let Freedom Ring    Season 1, Episode 14
2/14/2003: Democracy and Struggles    Season 1, Episode 13
2/7/2003: Depression and War    Season 1, Episode 12
2/7/2003: Safe for Democracy    Season 1, Episode 11
1/31/2003: Yearning to Breathe Free    Season 1, Episode 10
1/31/2003: Working for Freedom    Season 1, Episode 9
1/24/2003: Whose Land Is This?    Season 1, Episode 8
1/24/2003: What Is Freedom?    Season 1, Episode 7
1/19/2003: Wake Up America (1788-1848)    Season 1, Episode 4
1/19/2003: Liberty for All? (1620-1849)    Season 1, Episode 3
1/17/2003: A War to End Slavery (1861-1865)    Season 1, Episode 6
1/17/2003: A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861)    Season 1, Episode 5
1/12/2003: Revolution (1776-1809)    Season 1, Episode 2
1/12/2003: Independence (1765-1776)    Season 1, Episode 1

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Premiered: January 12, 2003, on PBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: 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.

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