American History

The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party   (2 min) TV-14

In 1771, a group of colonists protest thirteen years of increasing British oppression, by attacking merchant ships in Boston Harbor.  In retaliation, the British close the port and inflict even harsher penalties.


Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence     (3 min)  TV-PG

At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America’s historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.


Jefferson’s Pursuit of Knowledge (4 min) TV-PG

As a young man in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson pursues an education based on the ideals of the Enlightenment.


Deconstructing History: American Flag (3 min) TV-14

Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on “Old Glory.”


Bet You Didn’t Know: Founding Fathers (2 min) TV-PG

Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.


Ben Franklin (3 min) TV-PG

We all know Ben Franklin as a great inventor, a brilliant politician and even a leading author, but did you know that Franklin was also the colonies’ Postmaster General? In fact, Ben Franklin understood early on the power of mass communication and used its appeal to revolutionize the postal industry.


Bet You Didn’t Know: Independence Day (3 min) TV-14

Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?


Hidden History: Federal Hall (3 min) TV-PG

Did you know that George Washington was sworn in as president at Federal Hall? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Federal Hall.


Ask HISTORY: What was the first capital of the United States? (3 min) TV-G

What was America’s first capital city? The answer might surprise you.


Ask HISTORY: Did all the founding fathers wear wigs? (3 min) TV-PG

Did America’s creators really hide their hair under white toupees? Get the answer now.


Political Career of President John Adams (5 min) TV-PG

Find out about John Adams’ political career in the newly formed United States, from his vice presidency under George Washington to his two terms as president.


American Revolution (4 min) TV-PG

Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.


Ben Franklin the Ladies’ Man (4 min) TV-PG

Ben Franklin had a passion for smart, beautiful women but does the truth support the myth about his prolific romantic appetites?


Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Societies (4 min)

While in Washington, Ben Franklin may have been a member of a secrete underground society known as the Hellfire Club.


Boston Massacre (3 min) TV-PG

Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.


Ben Franklin’s Pen Name (3 min) TV-PG

While an apprentice to his older brother’s print shop, Ben Franklin authored a column under the pen name Silence Dogood.


George Washington (3 min) TV-PG

How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?


George Washington Greatest Challenges (3 min) TV-PG

After George Washington took office on April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, a variety of challenges, he was faced with a variety of tough challenges, both foreign and domestic.


Andrew Jackson’s Firsts (2 min) TV-PG

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, but he was the first in many other ways.


Yorktown (3 min) TV-14

The British were forced to surrender 2 days after patriot soldiers captured the fort at Yorktown in 1781.


Declaration of Independence (4 min) TV-PG

To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?


Blacks in the Military (4 min) TV-PG

Learn how blacks serving in WWII helped forward the Civil Rights Movement.


Meet Benjamin Franklin (2 min) TV-PG

Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished revolutionary, but his private life reveals a complex personality.




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