American History

American History

Join Dave Stotts on an adventure through early American history as he tells the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the founding of the United States of America...

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American History
  • Episode 1: The Discovery

    We visit the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and the significant sites where he was shaped into the man who would lead an historic journey in 1492. We then acquaint ourselves with the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, the benevolent sponsors of Columbus’ voyage. We end with a visit to t...

  • Episode 2: Pilgrims Search for Freedom

    We journey to Scrooby, England, and learn the story of the Pilgrim Separatists who left their homeland, seeking freedom to live their faith in America. Back in Massachusetts, we visit the somewhat underwhelming Plymouth Rock and challenge some myths about what the first Thanksgiving really looked...

  • Episode 3: Beginnings of Revolution

    Just north of Plymouth we travel to Boston, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. It was here that the American Revolution began. The Boston Massacre of 1770 ignited the minds and hearts of Colonists, leading up to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. We visit the Old North Church, where lan...

  • Episode 4: Whitefield & Boston’s Freedom Trail

    We return to England to learn about the life of George Whitefield, the father of the “First Great Awakening.” Back in Boston, we park the Jeep and put on our walking shoes to tour the Boston Freedom Trail. As we see Paul Revere’s home, Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, and the site of Bunker H...

  • Episode 5: William Penn & Early Philadelphia

    In this episode, we examine the life and vision of the enterprising William Penn. At his home, Pennsbury Manor, we learn about Penn’s philosophy of representative government and how it influenced future American government and the U.S. Constitution. We visit Christ Church in Philadelphia, the par...

  • Episode 6: Founding Fathers of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia overflows with early American history. We start our episode by looking at the life of Benjamin Franklin, often called “The First American.” We will learn about the many other Founding Fathers that called the City of Brotherly Love home. Philadelphia represented the best in colonial ...

  • Episode 7: Fighters of the Revolution

    In this episode, we learn about some of the great fighters of the American Revolution. We start with the little-known Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the Poland-born engineer who was the mastermind behind the British defeat at Saratoga and the person who designed the fortifications at West Point. We learn ab...

  • Episode 8: Early Colonial Virginia

    Virginia is filled with early American history. We’ll start in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. We will learn the story of Peter Muhlenberg, the pastor, soldier, and statesman who lived in Woodstock. In Williamsburg, we’ll immerse ourselves in 18th century lif...

  • Episode 9: Founding Fathers of Virginia

    In this episode, we travel south and visit the elegant homes of the great Virginian Founding Fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. We’ll admire the refinement of Mount Vernon, the ingenuity of Monticello, and the hospitality of Montpelier. We will also seek to understa...

  • Episode 10: Revolution in New York

    In this episode, we leave the peaceful estates of Virginia and explore the bustling metropolis of New York City. We will visit several historic sites and monuments from the Revolutionary War, including the site of the Battle of Long Island, where we learn about miraculous events that saved the co...

  • Episode 11: New York and the First President

    We continue our tour of New York City and visit the modern and industrious Wall Street, the financial capital of the world. Here, we climb the steps of Federal Hall, the first capitol building of the United States, and the site of the inauguration of America’s first president, George Washington. ...

  • Episode 12: New Jersey and Epilogue

    In this final episode, we drive to New Jersey and learn about American victories at the Battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth. At Trenton, we reenact Washington crossing the Delaware with Dave in his very special ride. We visit Morristown, often referred to as the “military capital of the ...