Freedom: A History of Us Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: Wake Up America (1788-1848) - Freedom: A History of Us

“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.

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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