Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America
The Shot Heard Around the World/American Crisis (#101)
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Series Description: With vivid dramatizations of battles, eyewitness accounts, original documents and paintings, REBELS AND REDCOATS tells the untold story of the American Revolution. Renowned British military historian Richard Holmes presents the four-part series, focusing on the military struggle -- the soldiers, leaders, tactics and strategy of this grand conflict. Told from an unusual point of view -- that of the British losers -- the series at the same time explores painful conflicts within the American populace, taking viewers inside the vicious battles of brothers, friends and families forced to choose sides between loyalist and rebels.
The first part examines how rising tensions led to "the shot heard round the world" in Lexington. In the second hour, the American rebels find a new ally in France. [99 minutes]
The War Moves South - The British open a new front in the southern colonies, where they hope to gather strong support from the loyalists and new recruits among America's blacks. Thousands of African Americans join the British to escape slavery. The Redcoats win a series of victories against American and French forces. The war in the south is brutal and the stuff of nightmares, a savage war of partisan raids and guerrilla skirmishes. The American victory in the battle of King's mountain in October 1780 becomes a turning point in the war. The British now have to contend with the French navy, with the rebels' growing confidence on land and with opposition to the war in England's parliament. The World Turned Upside Down - The British navy still commands the seaand with it the ability to move troops as needed. But then an extraordinary naval blunder allows the French fleet to isolate a large British garrison at Yorktown and the British are forced to surrender. The surrender in Yorktown marks the end of the war. The victory belongs to Washington and his French allies. Those who have supported the Redcoats, the loyalists, many African Americans and American Indians withdraw with the British, or are left to the mercy of the rebels. In many ways the American Revolution was a civil war within the English nation on both sides of the Atlantic. And even now, a special relationship with the "mother country" is still intact. [99 minutes]