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Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America

The War Moves South/The World Turned Upside Down (#102)

The British open a new front in the southern colonies, hoping to gather support from the loyalists and new recruits among America's blacks.Then, an extraordincary naval blunder allows the French fleet to isolate a large British garrison at Yorktown and the British are forced to surrender. [99 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning Descriptive Video Service

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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.

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  • The Shot Heard Around the World/American Crisis (#101)

    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]

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