American Ride

American Ride

2011 - 2016, Motor, Travel, History, Other
Stan Ellsworth travels across America on his Harley giving history lessons

Episode Guide

  • American Ride - The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    The Enforcer of Federalism: Ulysses S. Grant

    War hero and man of the people during 1968 in America, Ulysses S. Grant.

  • American Ride - Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    Triumph and Tragedy: Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction

    Johnson becomes president after the death of Lincoln.

  • American Ride - A Time of Crisis: Abraham Lincoln and the Case for Union (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    A Time of Crisis: Abraham Lincoln and the Case for Union

    When Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated, he became president of a fractured Union.

  • American Ride - Time of Trouble: Franklin Pierce & James Buchanan (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    Time of Trouble: Franklin Pierce & James Buchanan

    Presidents Pierce and Buchanan in the U.S.

  • American Ride - A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    A Time of Compromise: Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

    A time of compromise in 1850 for Taylor and Fillmore who didn't do much to ease the tension.

  • American Ride - James K. Polk: A Man on a Mission (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    James K. Polk: A Man on a Mission

    Polk was a man of Manifest Destiny that got things done.

  • American Ride - The Alamo (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    The Alamo

    The birth of the Lone Star Republic's impact on the United States.

  • American Ride - Times of Turmoil: Van Buren, Harrison and Tyler (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Times of Turmoil: Van Buren, Harrison and Tyler

    Martin Van Buren fire the furnace of sectional rivalry for more than 20 years.

  • American Ride - Old Hickory and Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1837) (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Old Hickory and Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1837)

    Andrew Jackson's rise to power ushered in the modern party system and culture.

  • American Ride - JQA (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    JQA

    The election of 1824 saw the beginning of a new political era in America.

  • American Ride - Ladies of Liberty (Season 9 Episode 10)
    Season 9 Episode 10:

    Ladies of Liberty

    Martha Washington, Dolly Madison and Elizabeth Monroe helped to establish America.

  • American Ride - The Last Cocked Hat: James Monroe (Season 9 Episode 9)
    Season 9 Episode 9:

    The Last Cocked Hat: James Monroe

    James Monroe's years as president.

  • American Ride - The Architect of American Government: James Madison (Season 9 Episode 8)
    Season 9 Episode 8:

    The Architect of American Government: James Madison

    James Madison fortifies the American colonies with a stronger central government.

  • American Ride - The Federalist: Alexander Hamilton (Season 9 Episode 7)
    Season 9 Episode 7:

    The Federalist: Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton's life.

  • American Ride - Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson Part 2 (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Friends, Foes & Friends Again: Adams & Jefferson Part 2

    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson sign the Declaration of Independence and each become president of the U.S.

  • American Ride - The Eagle & Dove: Adams & Jefferson Part 1 (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    The Eagle & Dove: Adams & Jefferson Part 1

    The creation of the Declaration of Independence paved by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

  • American Ride - The Indispensible Man: George Washington (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    The Indispensible Man: George Washington

    George Washington's experiences as a soldier, hero and president.

  • American Ride - Sage of the Age: Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Sage of the Age: Dr. Benjamin Franklin

    An inventor, philosopher and a politician.

  • American Ride - Storm Bringers (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Storm Bringers

    Paul Revere and Joseph Warren as icons of patriotism.

  • American Ride - Sons of the South (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Sons of the South

    The pioneers of patriotism like Richard Henry Lee, George Mason and Patrick Henry.

  • American Ride - Legacy of Liberty (Season 8 Episode 10)
    Season 8 Episode 10:

    Legacy of Liberty

    The blessing of liberty and freedom.

  • American Ride - North West Passage (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    North West Passage

    The San Juan Islands as the site of America's border war with Britain.

  • American Ride - The Emerald City (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    The Emerald City

    Seattle as the epicenter of a revolution.

  • American Ride - Redwoods (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    Redwoods

    Saving the trees in the Redwoods; the deepest lake in the U.S.

  • American Ride - City by the Bay (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    City by the Bay

    San Francisco as a shining jewel of America.

  • American Ride - California Dreamin' (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    California Dreamin'

    The history of art and architecture in California.

  • American Ride - Music CIty (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Music CIty

    Being country is Nashville.

  • American Ride - Ol' Man River (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Ol' Man River

    The riverboat as the backbone of American transit.

  • American Ride - Kentucky Thunder (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Kentucky Thunder

    The history and legacy of the horse in America.

  • American Ride - Atlanta: City of Dreams (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Atlanta: City of Dreams

    MLK Jr. learned life lessons in Atlanta.

  • American Ride - Nantucket: Children of the Sea (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Nantucket: Children of the Sea

    The storms of Nantucket that people have weathered.

  • American Ride - Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Legends and Legacy: The Salem Witch Trials

    Intolerance in the Massachusetts community.

  • American Ride - Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Tolerance

    The age of intolerance and religious freedom.

  • American Ride - Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Baltimore: The Star-Spangled City

    The blue-collar effort that built America.

  • American Ride - Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Liberty: The Hope of Every Human Heart

    The struggle for freedom in people's lands.

  • American Ride - Legends and Legacy: American Pirates (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Legends and Legacy: American Pirates

    The reality of the American pirate.

  • American Ride - Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Land of the Conquistadores: La Florida

    The early days of the Spanish conquistadores.

  • American Ride - Smoky Mountains (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Smoky Mountains

    Exploring the early American Frontier.

  • American Ride - Southern Bells: Charleston and Savannah (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Southern Bells: Charleston and Savannah

    Two colonies started with hope, went through dark days and reemerged as cities of light.

  • American Ride - Sand, Surf and Celebration: Miami (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Sand, Surf and Celebration: Miami

    Miami is a celebration for the senses.

  • American Ride - Cost of Victory (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Cost of Victory

    The beginning of the Atomic age ends the war.

  • American Ride - Uncommon Valor (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Uncommon Valor

    The war in the Pacific rages on.

  • American Ride - On to Victory (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    On to Victory

    Allied successes are in big trouble.

  • American Ride - Across the Pacific (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Across the Pacific

    Americans take the war to the Japanese.

  • American Ride - Overlord (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Overlord

    America's "Great Crusade."

  • American Ride - Terrible Swift Word (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Terrible Swift Word

    A world war in the United States.

  • American Ride - Sacred Honor (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Sacred Honor

    Japanese born American citizens in camps.

  • American Ride - Wolf Pack; Shadow War (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Wolf Pack; Shadow War

    German U-Boats an spies destroy.

  • American Ride - Bloodied But Unbowed (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Bloodied But Unbowed

    The Japanese war machine; the US Navy stands tall; American victories at Midway and Gaudacanal.

  • American Ride - The Giant Arises (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    The Giant Arises

    An industrial transformation changes America.

  • American Ride - Day of Infamy (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Day of Infamy

    A sneak attack shatters American peace.

  • American Ride - FDR (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    FDR

    FDR's New Deal during the Great Depression..

  • American Ride - End of the Dream (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    End of the Dream

    The crash of '29 led to the worst economic disaster in world history.

  • American Ride - The Roaring 20's (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    The Roaring 20's

    America enters a new era of prosperity and excess.

  • American Ride - The War to End All Wars (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    The War to End All Wars

    American soldiers enter the war.

  • American Ride - Over There (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Over There

    War is raging in Europe.

  • American Ride - The Gathering Darkness (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    The Gathering Darkness

    Woodrow Wilson's presidency.

  • American Ride - Bull Moose and His Big Stick (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Bull Moose and His Big Stick

    Theodore Roosevelt as one of our most celebrated presidents.

  • American Ride - To Notre Dame (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    To Notre Dame

    Exploring the history of Notre Dame.

  • American Ride - Remember the Maine! (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Remember the Maine!

    U.S. explodes onto the international stage.

  • American Ride - Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs

    The working class fights for a voice; the women fight for the right to vote.

  • American Ride - Captains of Industry (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Captains of Industry

    The American industrial renaissance.

  • American Ride - Age of Genius (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Age of Genius

    The age of discovery, innovation and invention.

  • American Ride - Immigrant Song (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Immigrant Song

    The Gilded Age saw a boom in immigration in the U.S.

  • American Ride - Time for a Change (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Time for a Change

    Looking to the president for a change in American politics.

  • American Ride - The Romance and Mystique of the American West (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    The Romance and Mystique of the American West

    Tales of the Wild West and American cowboys.

  • American Ride - The Last Round-Up (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    The Last Round-Up

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's train robberies.

  • American Ride - The Barbary Coast: End of An Era (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    The Barbary Coast: End of An Era

    Civilization closes down wide-open spaces of the Wild West.

  • American Ride - Range Wars (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Range Wars

    Cattle barons fight to maintain their power and money.

  • American Ride - How the West Was Lost II (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    How the West Was Lost II

    The quest of two Native American leaders to keep their people free.

  • American Ride - How the West Was Lost (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    How the West Was Lost

    Westward expansion for the Lakota and Cheyenne nations.

  • American Ride - The Earps (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    The Earps

    The most iconic name of the Old West.

  • American Ride - Lookin' Fer Trouble (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Lookin' Fer Trouble

    The myths and truths about famous gunfights in the Wild West.

  • American Ride - Order From Chaos (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Order From Chaos

    Civilization in the West; people are demanding law and order.

  • American Ride - Bad Company (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Bad Company

    The west is growing; business is expanding; civilization is on its way.

  • American Ride - Wanderers; Vagabonds; Drifters and Saddletramps (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Wanderers; Vagabonds; Drifters and Saddletramps

    The business of beef; cattle drivers; the men who made the money; cowboys.

  • American Ride - Rails, Trails and Boomtowns (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Rails, Trails and Boomtowns

    Dreamers heading west into the wild country.

  • American Ride - Dust in the Wind (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Dust in the Wind

    The nation remains divided.

  • American Ride - Legacy of Lincoln (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Legacy of Lincoln

    A price paid for the victory of the Union and freedom.

  • American Ride - The Rest of the Story (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    The Rest of the Story

    The aftermath of the Civil War.

  • American Ride - Brothers Again (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Brothers Again

    The meeting of General Grant and General Lee.

  • American Ride - Lost Cause (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Lost Cause

    General John Bell Hood launches an invasion of union.

  • American Ride - On to Richmond (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    On to Richmond

    General Grant's Wilderness Campaign.

  • American Ride - March to the Sea (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    March to the Sea

    Gen. William T. Sherman.

  • American Ride - Price of Honor (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Price of Honor

    The Emancipation Proclamation; the Battle of Chattanooga.

  • American Ride - Gettysburg (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Gettysburg

    The turning point of the war.

  • American Ride - Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Changing of the Guard: Lee and Grant

    The genius of General Robert E. Lee.

  • American Ride - The Cost of Freedom (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Cost of Freedom

    The destructive weapons of war.

  • American Ride - From the Jaws of Victory: They Snatched Defeat (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    From the Jaws of Victory: They Snatched Defeat

    Civil War battles.

  • American Ride - The Fires of Secession (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Fires of Secession

    The first shots of the Civil War.

  • American Ride - Mr. Lincoln's War (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Mr. Lincoln's War

    The struggles of an unassuming "backwoods" lawyer.

  • American Ride - A House Divided (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    A House Divided

    Congress works to find a peaceful solution that will hold the nation together; Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the actions of the violent abolitionist John Brown irreparably sever the union and send the nation toward Civil War.

  • American Ride - Different Visions, Different Dreams (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Different Visions, Different Dreams

    The split between industry and agriculture.

  • American Ride - Moving Forward (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Moving Forward

    A way to keep in touch with the Pony express, stage coach and telegraph.

  • American Ride - Go West, Young Man (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Go West, Young Man

    The pioneering spirit of westward expansion following the Oregon trail.

  • American Ride - From Sea to Shining Sea (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    From Sea to Shining Sea

    Learn about the tension between the north and the south as the nation expands across the continent.

  • American Ride - The Growing Stain of Slavery (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Growing Stain of Slavery

    Meet people like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass who tried to solve the paradox of slavery in America.

  • American Ride - Rivers & Railroads (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Rivers & Railroads

    See how technology changed from steamships in the south to mighty locomotives in the North.

  • American Ride - The Mountain Men (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Mountain Men

    Travel into the American west and learn about everything from the Astor expedition to the rendezvous of Jim Bridger.

  • American Ride - Discovery Continues (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Discovery Continues

    Westward expansion begins when Daniel Boone leads settlers into the great unknown.

  • American Ride - Hanging On to What We've Got (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Hanging On to What We've Got

    The War of 1812 begins.

  • American Ride - Into The Great Unknown (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Into The Great Unknown

    Exploring the wilderness west of the Mississippi with Lewis and Clark.

  • American Ride - Now What? Doubling Our Size (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Now What? Doubling Our Size

    The Louisiana Purchase doubles the size of the United States.

  • American Ride - We the People: a Miracle (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    We the People: a Miracle

    A government for the people.

  • American Ride - Patriots' Finest Hour (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Patriots' Finest Hour

    Learn about the nautical hero John Paul Jones, the great victory at Yorktown, and the French and American navies.

  • American Ride - Victory of the Common Man (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Victory of the Common Man

    The unruly "Overmountain Boys" crust the loyalists at Kings Mountain; General Daniel Morgan rediscovers modern tactics at Cowpens; and General Nathaniel Greene continues the war of attrition.

  • American Ride - War Goes South (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    War Goes South

    The Washington and Continental army charge out of Valley Forge.

  • American Ride - Refiner's Fire (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Refiner's Fire

    George Washington and the Continental Army endure the harsh winter at Valley Forge.

  • American Ride - Battle at Saratoga (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Battle at Saratoga

    The American victory at France.

  • American Ride - The Crisis (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Crisis

    Washington's cross to Delaware brings surprise attacks.

  • American Ride - Miracle at New York (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Miracle at New York

    When General Howe brings an invasion to the battle of Brooklyn Heights, Washington's miraculous retreat to Manhattan saves the Continental Army.

  • American Ride - We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

    See what happens when the Second Continental Congress votes to create a document that will declare to the world that America will be free.

  • American Ride - Miracle of Ticonderoga (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Miracle of Ticonderoga

    The Second continental Congress meets in Philadelphia. Emotions run high as General Ethan Allen is deployed to deal with the British at Ticonderoga. Washington lays siege to British-help Boston.

  • American Ride - The Die Has Now Been Cast (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Die Has Now Been Cast

    Find out what happens when the fervor for a revolution is fueled by Paul Revere's famous ride, the Boston Tea Party, and the battles of Lexington and Concord.

  • American Ride - Trigger of the Revolution (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Trigger of the Revolution

    Pilgrims tire of oppression and seek religious freedom.

  • American Ride - Seeds of Independence (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Seeds of Independence

    George Washington and the French and Indian War.

  • American Ride - The New World (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The New World

    From the Renaissance to the Reformation and colonization, meet pioneers in science, religion, and exploration that paved the way to a New World and the birth of a nation.

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