|01||Land And Peoples||20080919|
The story of America's first inhabitants and the impact of European exploration.
|02||Empire And Liberties||20080926|
The New England colonists sow the seeds of modern democracy, while the Dutch settlers in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey pioneer a spirit of religious toleration. But slavery is a vital part of the colonial economy.
|03||Independence And Republicanism *||20081003|
America wins independence from Britain and George Washington is inaugurated as the country's first President in 1789. But how will the new republic work?
|04||Liberty And Security||20081010|
The impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars on America, and the settling of America's vast interior.
|05||East And West||20081017|
Thousands migrate west in search of a better life, while Indian tribes who do not assimilate are forced on to land west of the Mississippi.
|06||Slave Or Free||20081024|
As more states are admitted to the Union, the anguished debate over whether slavery should be allowed to continue reaches a critical point.
|07||North And South||20090123|
The years of Civil War: a fight for Southern independence and the end of slavery. The North won but the price paid in human lives was immense, and the political and cultural impact is still evident today.
|08||White And Black||20090130|
The post-Civil War years, during which the North attempts to impose racial equality on the South. It is ultimately unsuccessful, and the seeds of segregation are sown.
|09||Capital And Labour||20090206|
The rise of big business and the industrialisation of America. Fortunes were made but poverty and slum living also took hold. Workers began to protest and unite, socialism was considered and mass immigration took off on a staggering scale.
The rise of big business, the industrialisation of America and the immigration explosion.
|10||Reform To Expansion * *||20090213|
How America reformed its city politics and tried to bring big business to heel. Plus, the history of its expansion overseas for a taste of empire and into its own Wild West.
How America reformed its city politics and tried to bring big business to heel.
|11||War And Peace *||20090220|
From the sinking of the Lusitania to entry into First World War and the years beyond - the Jazz Age, Prohibition and a growing struggle to decide how America should manage its diverse population.
From the sinking of the Lusitania to entry into the First World War and the years beyond.
|12||Boom To Bomb||20090227|
The Great Depression and the New Deal which got America working again.
Plus how America floundered into war after Pearl Harbor and ended hostilities by dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.
The Great Depression, the New Deal, Pearl Harbor and dropping the atomic bomb.
|13||Red Or Dead?||20090605|
After Second World War, America rebuilds its economy and moves out into the suburbs, while facing up to Soviet communism and the threat of nuclear war.
America rebuilds its economy while facing up to Soviet communism.
|14||Rights And Riots *||20090612|
In the 1960s, tensions in American society come bubbling to the surface as liberation movements fight for rights for black Americans and women.
In the 1960s, tensions in American society come bubbling to the surface.
|15||The Impotence Of Omnipotence *||20090619|
Fractious politics at home and the war in Vietnam expose America's weaknesses throughout the tumultuous 1960s.
Fractious politics at home and the war in Vietnam expose America's weaknesses.
|16||Detente And Discontent *||20090626|
As America reels from Watergate, Vietnam and a sagging economy, conservative and evangelical movements born in the country's heartland move to the forefront of public life.
Conservative movements born in America's heartland move to the forefront of public life.
|17||Revolution And Democracy *||20090703|
America's power rises once again in the 1980s as the Iron Curtain crumbles and technological changes bring the world closer together, ushering in a new phase in international relations.
|18||Pride And Prejudice||20090710|
|18 LAST||Pride And Prejudice *||20090710|
The post-Cold War promise of peace evaporates as the September 11 attacks lead to foreign wars and the divisive politics of the Clinton and Bush years culminate in the epic 2008 presidential election.