Part 1 of a three-part series on the War of Independence examines relations between England and the colonies following the French and Indian War; the April 19, 1775, battle at Lexington and Concord; Benedict Arnold's unsuccessful foray into Quebec. Voices include William Daniels and Kelsey Grammer.
Part 2. "The American Spirit" recalls Washington's 1776 crossing of the Delaware to face the Hessians at Trenton; British general John Burgoyne's defeat at Saratoga in 1777; George Rogers Clark's win at Vincennes in 1779. Host: Bill Kurtis.
Conclusion. Gen. Washington achieves final victory when he secures the surrender of the British at Yorktown in October 1781. Two years later, the Treaty of Paris is signed, and the American republic is born. Bill Kurtis hosts.
The series concludes with Benedict Arnold's treason in 1780; battles at sea, including John Paul Jones' capture of a British warship in 1779; Washington's decisive victory at Yorktown in 1781; and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Host: Bill Kurtis.
Part 3 of six. After defeats in New York and Long Island, Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures British strongholds at Trenton and Princeton. Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin seeks the help of France. Bill Kurtis hosts.