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George Washington(17 Photos)
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Thomas Jefferson(11 Photos)
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John Adams(7 Photos)
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The MayflowerVideo Clip (2:18)
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From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.
Life in Jamestown
Life in JamestownVideo Clip (2:45)
Video Clip (2:45)
Find out what it took to be a settler in the early-American colony of Jamestown.
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
Death at Jamestown
Death at JamestownVideo Clip (1:07)
Video Clip (1:07)
English settlers arrived at Jamestown expecting riches to fall into their hands, but were soon faced with a much harsher reality.
Deconstructing History: Mayflower
Deconstructing History: MayflowerVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.
Boston MassacreVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.
Origins of Slavery in America
Origins of Slavery in AmericaVideo Clip (3:01)
Video Clip (3:01)
In 1619, the Dutch introduced the first captured Africans to America, planting the seeds of a slavery system that evolved into a nightmare of abuse and cuelty that would ultimately divide the nation.
Colonists Protest British Policies
Colonists Protest British PoliciesVideo Clip (3:05)
Video Clip (3:05)
From the 1760's onward, colonial anger grows as the British pass a series of taxes and laws. With each one, the two groups move closer to war.
The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party
The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea PartyVideo Clip (1:52)
Video Clip (1:52)
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.
George Washington's Early Years
George Washington's Early YearsVideo Clip (1:47)
Video Clip (1:47)
George Washington was an ambitious young man who strove to refine his character.
John Adams: The Early Years
John Adams: The Early YearsVideo Clip (4:00)
Video Clip (4:00)
One of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, John Adams persuaded Congress to adopt the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Thomas Jefferson Meets John Adams
Thomas Jefferson Meets John AdamsVideo Clip (2:59)
Video Clip (2:59)
An unlikely pair whose tumultuous friendship lasted half a century, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.
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