This six-hour 1997 series chronicling the American rebellion blends comments from historians with readings by actors in period dress. Colonists resist Parliament legislation and begin to defy English authority. Included: the Stamp Act; the Boston Massacre of 1770; tea dumping in Boston harbor. Benjamin Rush: Austin Pendleton. Benjamin Franklin: Philip Bosco. John Adams: Peter Donaldson. Narrated by Edward Herrmann.
Part 5 of six. The British invade the South, but they ignite a civil war and are thwarted by Nathanael Greene's forces. Meanwhile, Cornwallis's army is captured at Yorktown by Washington and his French allies. Also: the impact of slavery on the American cause. Edward Herrmann narrates.
Part 2. The British post troops in Boston; fighting breaks out in Lexington and Bunker Hill; the Declaration of Independence is passed; Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense"; George Washington awaits the powerful British army in New York. Paine: Roger Rees. Narrated by Edward Herrmann.
Conclusion. As Americans celebrate the overthrow of British authority, Washington's refusal of power leaves the United States struggling to form a government and draft the Constitution. Also: the Treaty of Paris negotiations; the Bill of Rights. Edward Herrmann narrates.
Part 4 of six. As Washington battles the British in Pennsylvania, Benedict Arnold helps crush Crown forces at Saratoga, prompting France to ally with the United States. Narrated by Edward Herrmann. Burgoyne: Terrence Mann. Franklin: Philip Bosco.
Part 3 of six. Washington's army is chased out of New York by the British, but the Continentals retaliate with victories at Trenton and Princeton. Also: Paine publishes "The Crisis." Narrated by Edward Herrmann. Paine: Roger Rees. John Adams: Peter Donaldson.