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FOUNDING FATHERS - DVD 2 PACK
The four programs from the History Channel in this set profile America's Founding Fathers, noting right at the outset they were a "mismatched group of quarrelsome aristocrats, merchants, and lawyers." The story of how these disparate characters fomented rebellion in the colonies, formed the Continental Congress, fought the Revolutionary War, and wrote the Constitution is told by noted historians, and the production is enhanced with beautifully photographed reenactments as well as intelligent use of period paintings and engravings. The story begins with Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Boston, whose protests against British taxation led to the Boston Tea Party. Moving on to the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, the brilliant delegates from the South, particularly George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, appear on the scene, and the story is told of how an improbable cohesion between the colonies began. Other main characters, including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, appear in turn, and each of the major participants is portrayed in a biographical profile. How these men all came to act together, despite the stark differences in their backgrounds and temperaments, becomes the main thread of the story. They were all quite human, as the historians who appear in interviews remind us. Some of them drank too much, some had illegitimate children, some owned slaves, and some could hardly get along with anyone. Yet these men with complicated private lives worked together and performed heroically. This is an intelligently rendered and captivating look at the men who formed the American nation. --Robert J. McNamara
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Without these imperfect Humans and God Smiling on them The U.S.A. would not exist.
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The best feature of this program is the wonderful ability to accurately relate the history and make the founding fathers very real. You get a sense, finally, that these men were not marble statues, but real men with real problems, weaknesses, and abilities. The founding fathers come alive that a textbook can't do. This is a must view for any student of American history. You will never quite see the Revolutionary War the same.
Other issues arose in this film, in my opinion. While I appreciate the fact that the founding fathers were, indeed human with feet of clay like the rest of us, and want the full story told because it adds so much dimension to the overall saga of the Revolution, I also felt some of the dwelling on subjects unimportant to history smacked of disrespect. For example, the drawn out section regarding the state of Washington's teeth - everything from a possible set of wooden ones on down to: " ....one awful thing after another; bone, teeth of other people, animal, you don't want to know about the teeth." Really? Then why are you taking us there? Frankly, I have never been a fan of sensationalism masquerading as history, and this was the chief issue I took with this documentary. It would have been quite enough to say he had problems with his teeth; perhaps even show the grim set of teeth if they were so inclined - without the drama; but who really cares in the scheme of things?
It was adequate, but there are better accountings out there that deal with the personal issues interlocked with the heroism of these people, sans the unnecessary side tracking.
I haven't found many documentaries that begin at Faneuil Hall in Boston, but for those wishing to track the Revolution from it's beginnings, there are several books that do so, two of the best are (IMO) :
** "Three Men of Boston".
** "The Defiance of The Patriots - the Boston Tea Party"
** "Patriot: The Men Who Started the American Revolution " - by A.J. Langguth