They were everyday men and women -- farmers and shopkeepers, sailors and traders, seamstresses and silversmiths, brewers and printers -- who came of age in a new world amid a flood of intoxicating new ideas and dared to take on the mightiest empire in the world. The Revolution, a new 13-part series on The History Channel, tells the story of a remarkable group of ordinary individuals who transformed themselves into architects of the future and built a new nation unlike any that had ever come before. The Revolution airs Sundays at 10 pm ET/PT beginning June 4th on The History Channel.
From the roots of the Revolution to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, victory at Yorktown to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, The Revolution unfolds this critical era of American history through sweeping cinematic recreations, intimate biographical investigation, provocative political, military and economic commentary, and evocative original music. Much of the series is filmed on the locations where history was made, from Fort Ticonderoga in the North to Charleston in the South.
Through re-enactments, the keystone events and the complex relationships among the principal players such as Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin come to life. The Revolution also looks at the full range of individuals who shaped the conflict -- unsung heroes including spies, slaves, free Africans, Indian sympathizers, emancipated women and eccentric personalities -- in order to illuminate how the historic ideas and themes drove these people to commit treasonous acts against the British crown because they believed that independence was a cause worth dying for.
Often messy, chaotic and on the brink of failure, the two decades of American history chronicled in The Revolution demonstrate how a nation built on ideas of freedom took root, and hot it was not a job for the faint of heart.