About This Collection
In honor of Independence Day, a holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776.
Episodes In This Collection
Liberty or Death
Patrick Henry's impassioned plea, "Give me liberty or give me death," defined the American Revolution. The docu-drama captures this seminal moment in American history by balancing experts' commentary on the events preceding the second Virginia Convention of 1775 with dramatic re-enactments of the historic moments that followed.
The story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem.