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  • Peacefield

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 4/20/08

    In retirement, John Adams begins to write his memoirs as his daughter and wife pass way. He also sees his son, John Quincy Adams, get elected President.
  • Unnecessary War

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 4/13/08

    President Adams remains adamant on not declaring war on the French, despite the strong pro-war sentiment his Cabinet members hold.
  • Unite or Die

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 4/6/08

    After being elected America's first Vice President, John Adams becomes upset that he isn't involved in George Washington's inner-circle.
  • Reunion

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 3/30/08

    John Adams learns that the British has surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown.
  • Don't Tread on Me

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 3/23/08

    John Adams and Benjamin Franklin are newly appointed as the Ministers of Plenipotentiary, and must take a hard ocean voyage to France. Along the way they encounter a British warship.
  • Join or Die

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 3/16/08

    Following the Boston Massacre, John Adams takes on the role of serving as the defense attorney for the British soldiers.
  • Independence

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 3/16/08

    After witnessing a bloody battle, John Adams heads back to Philadelphia, where he begins debating the good and bad points of an independent country; Adams nominates George Washington to lead the Continental Army; and Congress votes to declare their independence from England.moreless
  • Hoover Dam

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    S 11 : Ep 3 - 1/18/99

    The story behind building one of the greatest Depression-era projects, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.
  • Surviving the Dust Bowl

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    S 10 : Ep 13 - 3/2/98

    Causes and consequences of the agricultural disaster that struck the American midwest in the 1930s.
  • The Crash of 1929

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 11/19/90

    The causes of the colossal stock market crash that ushered in the United States' Great Depression.
  • War is All Hell (1865)

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 9/27/90

    The war rushes to a conclusion as Sherman cuts the South in half and obliterates its supply lines and Grant chases Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia to the point of eventual surrender at Appomattox.moreless
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 9/27/90

    The nation faces the tragedy of Lincoln's assassination and the war's implications for human rights and the power of the federal vs. state government. The long road to reconstruction is planned, and in conclusion, the surviving veterans of North and South come together in remembrance fifty years later - an event captured on early motion picture film.moreless
  • Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 9/26/90

    Grant and Lee match wits and forces in a number of engagements - from "Wilderness" to a stalemate at Petersburg, Virginia. Lincoln worries that the prolonged war will destroy his chances of re-election, but General Sherman begins a string of successes marching through Georgia.moreless
  • Most Hallowed Ground (1864)

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 9/26/90

    At a time when many in the North fear the war can't be won outright, Lincoln must defeat one of his own failed generals in the 1864 presidential election. Finally, the Union's superiority in men and materials begins to destroy the Confederacy's ability to make war and ruins the South's chances of victory or independence.moreless
  • Simply Murder (1863)

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 9/25/90

    Continuing losses to the South and opposition to the ending of slavery within his own party make Lincoln's presidency increasingly unpopular. Lee presses his advantage and prepares to attack in the North again.moreless
  • The Universe of Battle (1863)

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 9/25/90

    The story of the precarious Union victory at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Lincoln's later address at the scene of the battle. Also chronicled are battles deep in the South and social unrest in the North.moreless
  • A Very Bloody Affair (1862)

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 9/24/90

    The war initially goes badly for the North - McClellan fails in Virginia, ironclad ships change the nature of conflict on the waters for all time, Europe flirts with allying with the South after adverse pressure on cotton prices from the Confederate States of America, and a bloody stalemate ensues at Shiloh in Tennessee.moreless
  • Forever Free (1862)

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 9/24/90

    General Lee and Stonewall Jackson outwit superior Union forces and advance into Maryland, Antietam leads to extremely heavy losses on both sides, and despite heavy political opposition, Lincoln decides to issue a proclamation abolishing slavery in all territories of the United States.moreless
  • The Cause (1861)

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 9/23/90

    The build-up to war between the North and South, including disputes over slavery, State's rights, and the protests and compromises of the 1800s that finally led to armed conflict in 1861. The war begins and the first battles are chronicled.moreless