Rebels & Redcoats
? Much like the war itself, your preferred PBS American Revolution documentary may depend on which side of the pond you are on and what point of view you are used to hearing. While many consider Liberty!
to be the definitive American Revolution documentary, it is no doubt told from a very colonial perspective. Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain Lost America
on the other hand is clearly the perspective from Mother England; not a tale of freedom and independence, but one of loss. Rebels
uses similar techniques as Liberty!
, incorporating interviews with scholars, historical documents, and paintings to tell the tale of those involved; albeit from a more English perspective. But Rebels & Redcoats
gains a slight lead, in production values anyway, because it includes battle and historical reenactments, an element sorely limited in Liberty!
. Also worth noting, Rebels
adds modern-day video footage of locations to emphasize comparisons of colony to modern America and often implants a narrator in modern dress smack dab in the middle of a historical reenactment. This does jar the continuity of the documentary a bit, but it's not entirely damaging. Rebels & Redcoats
definitely tells the British side of the story and some views expressed are bound to be controversial, even dubious to American ears. But in all honesty, it is a good documentary that complements the exceptional Liberty!
nicely. --Rob Bracco
From the Back Cover
The program explorers America's War of Independence and how it divided the nation between those loyal to the English crown and those fighting for liberation. Using interviews with scholars, large-scale reconstruction, first-person narratives, historical documents, and paintings, the program travels back to the passionate, violent and sometimes tragically funny events of the 1770's. The stories told reflect every group involved: Redcoats, loyalists, rebels, neutrals, French soldiers, Indian warriors, slaves and sharecroppers.