Freedom: A History of Us Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: Revolution (1776-1809) - Freedom: A History of Us

“Revolution (1776-1809)” (Part 2) covers what narrator Katie Couric calls “the people's war” for independence and the first struggles of this “new kind of nation.” The Constitution begins with the words “We the people.” But, asks historian Eric Foner: “Who are the people?” Still, it was a “foundation,” as antislavery delegate James Wilson (voice of Ralph Fiennes) put it. Next: the selection of George Washington (Anthony Hopkins) as president and the quick evolution of party politics. Other voices include Michael Douglas (Benjamin Franklin), Kevin Spacey (Gouvenor Morris), Brad Pitt (Albigence Waldo), Kevin Kline (Thomas Jefferson) and Susan Sarandon (Mary Hagedorn).

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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