Who were America's first inhabitants?
|A||02||Columbus - Bearer Of Death||20080916|
The first European explorers brought fatal diseases which reduced the numbers of native Americans.
|A||03||Borderlands Of The Spanish Superpower||20080917|
The Spanish successfully colonised Central and South America, but the lure of gold and silver encouraged some to try their luck to the north.
|A||04||New France Astride America's Heartland||20080918|
The French moved from the north to the south, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi.
|A||05||Southern Planters And Black Slaves||20080919|
The English settled in Virginia and Maryland.
Tobacco became an important crop and slaves from Africa were introduced.
|A||06||Faith And Freedom In New England *||20080922|
The Puritan founders of New England sowed the seeds of modern democracy.
|A||07||The Middle Colonies And The Melting Pot *||20080923|
Dutch settlers in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey pioneered a spirit of religious tolerance.
|A||08||Awakenings And Nightmares *||20080924|
Religious revivals challenge the authority of the formal hierarchical churches.
Meanwhile, slavery is now a vital part of the colonial economy.
|A||09||The Battle For Empire *||20080925|
North America becomes part of the conflict between Britain and France.
|A||10||Taxes, Tea And Rights||20080926|
Colonists throw thousands of pounds of tea into Boston Harbour as a protest against a tax imposed by the British.
The Declaration of Independence is drafted.
Its principal author is Thomas Jefferson.
The battles against the British.
|A||13||To Form A More Perfect Union||20081001|
The Founding Fathers form a federal government under a new constitution.
|A||14||Making The Republic Work||20081002|
George Washington is inaugurated as the country's first President and the Bill of Rights is ratified.
|A||15||Founding A Capital. *||20081003|
The fierce bargaining between north and south over where to locate the country's capital.
|A||16||War And Terror *||20081006|
America becomes involved as Britain and France battle for global empire.
|A||17||Remember The Ladies||20081007|
The role of women in building the new Republic.
|A||18||Jefferson's Western Empire||20081008|
The settlement of America's vast interior.
|A||19||Victims Of Liberty||20081009|
Indian resistance and an increased demand for slave labour by the new territories in the west.
|A||20||The Second War Of Independence||20081010|
America declares war on Britain and Washington burns.
|A||21||For Jackson And Democracy *||20081013|
The growth of democracy and political parties in America.
|A||22||A Christian Republic?||20081014|
Religious revivals transform American society in the early 19th century.
|A||23||The Indian Trail Of Tears||20081015|
Indian tribes are forced to either assimilate or move west of the Mississippi.
The government sells off vast tracts of land and thousands of people migrate westward in search of a better life.
|A||25||Let Us Conquer Space||20081017|
The building of the Erie Canal and the railway boom.
|A||26||The Arsenic Of Mexico||20081020|
America and Mexico fight over territory in Texas, New Mexico and California.
|A||27||Gold, God And The Little Giant||20081021|
The gold rush and a compromise on the issue of slavery.
|A||28||Paddies, Papists And Demon Drink||20081022|
Irish immigrants flock to America, where they are not always welcome.
|A||29||Slaves, Masters And The Slave Power||20081023|
Northerners fear the dominance of the slave-owning south.
|A||30||A House Divided||20081024|
The anguished debate about the place of slavery in the 'land of liberty' reaches a critical point.
|B||31||The Ninety-day War||20090119||20110404|
The start of the Civil War: a fight for Southern independence and the end of slavery.
|B||32||The Killers Take Command||20090120||20110405|
In this episode, we meet the men on both sides of the battle lines: Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant.
Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.
|B||34||A New Nation||20090122||20110407|
The Battle of Gettysburg.
|B||35||War Behind The Battle Lines||20090123||20110408|
The burning of Atlanta.
Episode 5: 'The War Behind the Battle Lines': The burning of Atlanta.
Previously broadcast on 23 January, 2009, as part of David Reynolds 90 part series America, Empire of Liberty.
|B||36||The Passing Of The Dead||20090126||20110411|
The end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
|B||37||Dead States, New Birth||20090127||20110412|
The North attempts to force change upon the South.
The North attempts to force change upon the South.
|B||38||Reunion But Not Reconstruction||20090128||20110413|
Former slaves enjoy a brief period of political equality in the South.
|B||39||New South, Old Ways||20090129||20110414|
The birth of segregation.
|B||40||War And Memory||20090130||20110415|
How the Civil War became etched on the American consciousness for generations to come.
The rise of business tycoons such as Andrew Carnegie, JD Rockefeller and Jp Morgan
|B||42||Made In America||20090203|
Industrial growth and the arrival of the railways.
|B||43||The Cities - America's Pride And Shame *||20090204|
The cities illustrate both sides of America: wealth and opportunity side by side with slum poverty.
The cities illustrate both sides of America: wealth side by side with slum poverty.
|B||44||The Farmers And Workers Revolt||20090205|
The rise of unionisation and strikes across America.
Will socialism take off?
|B||45||Huddled Masses, Savage Hordes||20090206|
The impact of mass immigration on American politics and culture.
|B||46||Politics And Progress||20090209|
How politics took hold of the cities, for good and for ill.
|B||47||Roosevelt And Reform||20090210|
How Theodore Roosevelt came to power and his battle to bring big business to heel.
|B||48||The Taste Of Empire||20090211|
By David Reynolds.
America's expansion into Cuba and the Philippines and the impact it had at home.
|B||49||The Wild West||20090212|
How the West was finally settled and then turned into a myth by the American people.
|B||50||Fun And God||20090213|
The rise of the leisure, baseball and the power of religion.
|B||51||Too Proud To Fight *||20090216|
The sinking of the Lusitania and Woodrow Wilson's fight to keep America out of the First World War.
|B||52||A World Safe For Democracy *||20090217|
America enters the war in Europe and accepts female suffrage at home.
|B||53||The Lost Peace *||20090218|
The battle to form a fair peace and create the League of Nations.
|B||54||100 Percent American||20090219|
America wrestles with the impact that its diverse population will bring.
|B||55||The Jazz Age Hits Main Street *||20090220|
How a surfeit of music, sex and freedom ushered in the Prohibition and fundamental religious belief.
How a surfeit of music, sex and freedom ushered in the Prohibition.
|B||56||From Boom To Bust * * *||20090223|
Series charting the history of America.
The story of the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression and the failure of Herbert Hoover.
|B||57||New Deal *||20090224|
Series charting the history of America.
How Franklin D Roosevelt got America working again.
|B||58||A War For The Survival Of Democracy *||20090225|
The fight to keep America neutral and at peace while arming the allies.
|B||59||Floundering Into War||20090226|
The attack on Pearl Harbor and the decision to go to war.
|B||60||A Hell Of A War||20090227|
Written and presented by David Reynolds.
Segregation among the troops, the death of FDR and the atomic bomb.
|C||61||Red Or Dead? *||20090601|
How the powerful Second World War alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union hardened into the Cold War.
|C||62||A World Half-slave, Half-free||20090602|
Truman and Stalin square off over the Berlin blockade and the Soviet Union tests a nuclear bomb.
|C||63||The Suburban Republic||20090603|
By David Reynolds.
After the war, Americans turn their attentions back home, building homes and highways and creating suburbs.
After the war, Americans turn their attentions back home, building homes and highways.
|C||64||Korea - The Cold War Turns Hot||20090604|
The US army clashes with Chinese and Soviet-backed forces in Korea, while Senator Joseph McCarthy stokes up fears of communist spies back in America.
|C||65||Defended To Death||20090605|
In the 1950s the country enters a period of unprecedented prosperity, despite the growing threat of nuclear war.
The country enters a period of unprecedented prosperity, despite the threat of nuclear war
|C||66||The Back Of The Bus * *||20090608|
The US Supreme Court orders schools to become racially mixed and Martin Luther King emerges as a civil rights leader.
|C||67||'and We Shall Overcome' *||20090609|
Activists confront segregationists in the south and President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act after years of protests and political pressure.
Activists confront segregationists and President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
|C||68||Black Power *||20090610|
Despite the gains of the civil rights movement, African-American frustration at the slow pace of change results in riots and the emergence of militant leaders.
|C||69||Women's Liberation *||20090611|
American women push back against sexism, demanding career opportunities and access to birth control.
American women push back against sexism.
|C||70||The 'war On Poverty' *||20090612|
Lyndon Johnson seizes the political moment after the assassination of President Kennedy to make sweeping reforms to America's healthcare and education programmes.
Lyndon Johnson seizes the political moment after the assassination of President Kennedy.
|C||71||Cuba - That Four Letter Word *||20090615|
An American-backed invasion of Cuba fails but President Kennedy saves face when he stops the Soviet Union from placing missiles on the Caribbean island.
|C||72||Vietnam - The Battleground Of Freedom *||20090616|
The threat of communism causes successive American leaders to become embroiled in a disastrous foreign conflict.
|C||73||1968 - Paralysis Of A President *||20090617|
Domestic tensions and the war in Vietnam throw the Johnson administration into a tailspin, opening the door for radical movements and a conservative backlash.
Domestic tensions and the war in Vietnam throw the Johnson administration into a tailspin.
|C||74||Vietnam - 'peace With Honour'? *||20090618|
America wakes up to its involvement in south east Asia and Nixon pulls out the troops as public sentiment turns against the war.
America wakes up to its involvement in south east Asia and Nixon pulls out the troops.
|C||75||Watergate And The Imperial Presidency *||20090619|
Paranoia and arrogance in the White House lead to the downfall of President Nixon.
|C||76||America In Retreat?||20090622|
Watergate, Vietnam and an economy sinking under the weight of the oil crisis drain American vitality and set the stage for a conservative re-emergence.
Watergate, Vietnam and an economy damaged by the oil crisis drain American vitality.
|C||77||A Constitutional Abortion *||20090623|
In 1973 the Supreme Court determines a framework for legal abortion, marking out a fault line in American politics for years to come.
|C||78||The 'silent Majority' Finds Its Voice *||20090624|
Conservative reaction to the civil rights and women's liberation movements galvanises America's political system.
|C||79||Putting God Back Into Politics *||20090625|
Evangelical Christians get involved in public life to fight against what they see as the liberal excesses of the 1960s and 70s.
Evangelical Christians get involved in public life to fight against liberal excesses.
|C||80||Keeping Faith *||20090626|
Evangelical Christian and Washington outsider Jimmy Carter is elected president, but his liberal values doom his administration in the face of the right-wing surge of the Reagan revolution.
|C||81||The Acting President||20090629|
Ronald Reagan, known more for his speechmaking than his work habits, turns his message of economic freedom and small government into resounding electoral victories.
Ronald Reagan turns his message of economic freedom into resounding electoral victories.
|C||82||Reagan And The 'evil Empire'||20090630|
President Reagan makes progress with a new Cold War strategy, combining tough anti-communist talk with a willingness to negotiate over nuclear arms.
President Reagan makes progress with a new Cold War strategy.
|C||83||The Information Revolution *||20090701|
The personal computer breaks into the mainstream, demonstrating the flexibility and ingenuity of the American economy.
|C||84||Tear Down This Wall *||20090702|
The first President Bush responds pragmatically to the dramatic events of 1989, when the Berlin Wall falls and the Chinese government cracks down on student protesters in Tiananmen Square.
|C||85||A New World Order? *||20090703|
A swift victory in Iraq points to a new international consensus, but the failure to remove Saddam Hussein from power sows the seeds of future conflict.
|C||86||Sole Superpower, Edgy Americans *||20090706|
President Clinton presides over a grubby and divisive period in the political world, but at the same time new technology bolsters the American economy.
|C||87||Multiculturalism Or Disintegration? *||20090707|
America grapples with new racial realities as new waves of immigration from Latin America change the country's ethnic makeup.
|C||88||America Is Under Attack *||20090708|
The era of relative peace following the Cold War comes to a violent end on September 11, 2001.
|C||89||Iraq And The 'axis Of Evil' *||20090709|
The September 11 attacks propel President Bush and America in to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
|C||90 LAST||To Shape An Uncertain Destiny *||20090710|
Economic issues overshadow foreign conflicts as change once again transforms American politics during the 2008 presidential election.