Cavalcade of America - Season 1

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  • The Tenderfoot
    The Tenderfoot
    Episode 20
    6/24/53
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    A historical drama showing how young Theodore Roosevelt, undaunted by a blizzard, pursues and captures three outlaws in the Dakota Bad Lands. Time: 1886.
  • John Yankee
    John Yankee
    Episode 19
    6/10/53
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    Dramatizes John Adams' difficult and unpopular decision to defend eight English soldiers who participated in a Boston riot prior to the Revolution.
  • The Pirate's Choice
    The Pirate's Choice
    Episode 18
    5/27/53
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    Dramatizes the events which led to the decision of the pirate Jean Lafitte to join Andrew Jackson in the defense of New Orleans against the English forces in 1814.

  • Slater's Dream
    Slater's Dream
    Episode 17
    5/13/53
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    Dramatizes the story of Samuel Slater, a young Englishman, who came to America in 1790 and struggled to construct from memory the cotton spinner, the plan of which England jealously guarded to insure a monopoly on the machine.
  • Night Strike
    Night Strike
    Episode 16
    4/29/53
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    Dramatizes an incident in the career of Captain John Paul Jones. Describes a raid made by Americans under Jones' leadership on the English coast at Whitehaven in 1778 and the unexpected outcome of the action.
  • The Gingerbread Man
    The Gingerbread Man
    Episode 15
    4/15/53
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    A true story about Christopher Ludwick, the baker, who came to America in 1776 from Germany. He made a most unusual gingerbread man which later became famous in America. He lived with his wife in Philadelphia. A comedy-drama about an elderly German baker who persuades 123 Hessian soldiers to desert the British Army during the American Revolution.moreless
  • The Indomitable Blacksmith
    4/1/53
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    A story about Thomas Davenport, a blacksmith, and his long struggle to invent and perfect the electric motor. Setting: Brandon, Vt., in the 1830's. The story of how Thomas Davenport neglected his blacksmith trade and failed in business, but won immortality in science by inventing the first electric motor.
  • Mightier than the Sword
    3/18/53
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    A pre-Revolutionary War drama. The freedom of the press is upheld through the trial and acquittal of John Peter Zenger, a New York newspaper publisher who was imprisoned for printing the truth about corruption of the British administration. Story of John Peter Zenger in the famous trial that established American freedom of the press.moreless
  • Experiment at Monticello
    3/4/53
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    Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, uses himself as a guinea pig and is inoculated with the germs of small pox in a heroic effort to establish control of the disease.
  • A Matter of Honor
    A Matter of Honor
    Episode 11
    2/18/53
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    A historical drama portraying the misunderstanding between Sam Houston and his wife, Eliza, which resulted in Houston's resignation of the governorship of Tennessee. The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Alamo, who gave the woman he loved a locket engraved with one word, "integrity" but had she earned the right to wear it?moreless
  • New Salem Story
    New Salem Story
    Episode 10
    2/4/53
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    The legendary tale of Abe Lincoln and his great love for Ann Rutledge.
  • What Might Have Been
    1/21/53
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    The story of the tragic romance and marriage of Jefferson Davis and Sarah Knox Taylor.
  • The Arrow and the Bow
    1/7/53
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    The career of Andrew Johnson, who, starting as a tailor, became the 17th President.
  • In This Crisis
    In This Crisis
    Episode 7
    12/24/52
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    John Honeyman, American patriot, pretends to be a Tory in order to gain information that will mean Washington's victory over the Hessians.

  • No Greater Love
    No Greater Love
    Episode 6
    12/10/52
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    A story about Clara Louise Maas, a Spanish-American War nurse who allowed herself to be bitten by a Stegomyia mosquito in order to further the experiments which were being conducted in the Las Animas Hospital in Havana under the direction of Dr. William C. Gorgas during a yellow fever epidemic at the turn of the century.moreless
  • What Hath God Wrought
    11/26/52
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    The story of how Samuel Morse, after many hardships, gained recognition for the first telegraph.
  • A Romance to Remember
    11/12/52
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    The tale of the two beautiful Peabody Sisters who become rivals for the love of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  • The Man Who Took A Chance
    10/29/52
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    The story of an 19th century genius who adapted 20th century methods to solve an American problem, Eli Whitney first begins to manufacture muskets.
  • All's Well with Lydia
    10/8/52
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    The Revolutionary War story of Lydia Darragh, American patriot and Philadelphia widow, who by her cleverness gained information instrumental in an American victory.
  • Poor Richard
    Poor Richard
    Episode 1
    10/1/52
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    Dramatized incidents are used to show how Benjamin Franklin delayed a conference between Lord Howe and John Adams until the spring rainy season commenced, thereby allowing General Washington to extricate his troops from Long Island under the cover of a storm. This drama sent the "old and obstinate" Franklin to delay American surrender talks with the British, thereby allowing General George Washington to escape capture to fight another day.moreless
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