George Washington - The Complete Miniseries - Digitally Remastered
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George Washington: The Complete Mini-Series - Digitally Remastered
This riveting eight-hour miniseries stars Barry Bostwick as George Washington – the initially reluctant first American President who remains a symbol of diplomacy and strength to this day. Bostwick is accompanied by screen legend Patty Duke who plays the inimitable Martha Washington.
Chronicling Washington’s life from age 11 to age 51, this unparalleled biopic of the America hero is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by James Thomas Flexner.
Nominated for six Primetime Emmys, the series explores key moments in Washington's life and career, including his involvement in the French and Indian War, the coming and commencement of the Revolutionary War, and the victory of the Independence from England.
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PART ONE, which is on two discs, is the entire 1984 Series ends with the End of the Revolutionary War in 1783. George Washington resigns his commission and the Continental Army is disbanded. George & Martha Washington return to their home at Mt. Vernon, Virginia. George Washington attends to his plantation in this phase of his “retirement.”
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was the first constitution of the United States. It was drafted by the Second Continental Congress from mid-1776 through late-1777, and ratification by all 13 states was completed in early 1781. Under the Articles of Confederation, the central government's power was kept quite limited. The Confederation Congress could make decisions, but lacked enforcement powers. Implementation of most decisions, including modifications to the Articles, required unanimous approval of all thirteen state legislatures.
Although in a way, the Congressional powers in Article 9 made the "league of states as cohesive and strong as any similar sort of republican confederation in history,” the chief problem with the new government under the Articles of Confederation was, in the words of George Washington, "no money." The Continental Congress could print money; but, by 1786, the currency was worthless. (A popular phrase of the times chimed that a useless object or person was .. “not worth a Continental,” referring to the Continental dollar.) Congress could borrow money, but couldn't pay it back. No state paid all their U.S. taxes; Georgia paid nothing, as did New Jersey in 1785. Some few paid an amount equal to interest on the national debt owed to their citizens, but no more. No interest was paid on debt owed foreign governments. By 1786, the United States would default on outstanding debts as their dates came due. James Madison angrily questioned whether the Articles of Confederation was a binding compact or even a viable government. Congress was paralyzed. It could do nothing significant without nine states, and some legislation required all thirteen. In 1789 a new Constitution was ratified with a strong central government, and George Washington was sworn in as the first President in May 1789.
THUS WASHINGTON WAS BASICALLY INVOLVED IN FARMING FROM 1783 UNTIL 1789, OR ABOUT 5 OR 6 YEARS. PART TWO, OF THE MINI-SERIES WAS AIRED IN 1986, and begins when the Constitution was approved. PART TWO was called, GEORGE WASHINGTON-FORGING OF A NATION, and it is the series that was aired in 1986. I was surprised that Forging of a Nation was also included as Disc 3 in this package. Disc 3 concludes when George Washington completes his second term of office and when he and Martha leave Philadelphia and return to Mount Vernon.
I am a student of history, and I find this mini-series to be historically accurate, for the most part. There are many emotional parts in the videos, and the digital remastering was done very well.
We watched this mini-series when it first came out, along with our two young daughters. Those daughters have now given us grandchildren who will soon be ready to watch it with us as well.
It is probably the best single dramatic presentation that I have ever seen of the main story of the American Revolution and (if Amazon follows on with the sequel mini-series) the founding of the United States as a republic. Does it have flaws and omissions? Of course it does! It is the nature of such productions to distill the story to make it presentable. I have four library shelves (and now stored ebooks) on the history of the American Revolution and the Founding, One shelf is entirely collections of primary writings. Another is entirely made up of biographies of Washington. If you want all aspects of his life and the movement that he came to embody, read.
But if you want an enjoyable, engaging, and reasonably accurate view of the man for whom the Presidency of the United States was specifically designed by the Founders -- and especially if you want it to come alive for young people -- this is an excellent way to start!
I searched for the George Washington mini-series on DVD over the years but it was never available to my great disappointment. Recently, while looking for historical DVD’s I found that this series has finally been released on a DVD. It contains both the series of Washington during the American Revolution and the subsequent series as President that came out a year after the original.
The DVD is great and contains everything you might remember from the television mini-series.
However, I got one very big surprise! The DVD contains loads of scenes that were a part of the original television mini-series BUT NEVER MADE IT TO TELEVISION. For a variety of reasons they were cut out of the series and I never saw them. Many of these cut out parts explain some of the gaps that the mini-series had on TV. I am absolutely delighted with seeing them now.
So, if you remembered and liked the George Washington mini-series staring Barry Bostwick from the 1980’s and would like to get it again for your very own, I overwhelmingly recommend this DVD set! It is great!