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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Rebels & Redcoats for giving us
a more factual history of our War for Independence
without all the patriotic nonsense.

Rebels & Redcoats
How Britain Lost America

Rebels & Redcoats (2004) - 240 minutes
Rebels & Redcoats at Amazon.com

With vivid dramatizations of battles, eyewitness accounts, original documents and paintings, Rebels & Redcoats tells the untold story of the American Revolution.

Richard Holmes, a renowned British military historian, presents the series. He focuses on the military struggle - on the soldiers, the leaders, the tactics and the strategy of this grand conflict. It is told from an unusual point of view, that of the British losers. Yet it also explores painful conflicts within the American people themselves. It tells of the bitter disappointments of black slaves in the south, promised freedom by the British. And it takes us inside the vicious struggles of brothers, friends, and families forced to choose sides between loyalist and rebels.

The series traces the ups and downs of this from the beginning of the insurrection in Boston, to the surrender of the British forces to General George Washington in Yorktown, Virginia. It puts the war in the context of the world events that so affected its outcome, and that helped to put a new powerful player, the United States on the world map.

3-17-19 The story of American slaves in the Revolutionary War
The Revolutionary War was a complex birth of a nation, steeped in both noble ideals and confusing contradictions. The founding document boldly declared that all men were created equal, but in reality, some of those same men owned fellow men, just of a different color. For people of color, what was their best option? What good would the freedom of a nation be to them if it did not involve their personal freedom?. Questions of loyalty and allegiance were not limited to any one race or ethnicity. Thousands of colonists from every background, for one reason or another, chose to retain their loyalty to that of the only government they had ever known — the British. Whatever grievances colonists had, and everyone had some, they figured an armed rebellion against their kin was not the solution. Loyalties could shift as well (see: Benedict Arnold), adding to the complexities of the conflict. Thousands of such men, known commonly as Loyalists, were embodied by the British into military regiments, some led by Americans, some by professional British officers. Among the latter was one regiment commanded by Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe, a 20-something who had served in the British Army since 1770. The regiment he commanded was known as the Queen's Rangers. Raised in 1776, the Queen's Rangers eventually reached a strength of 11 companies of infantry and five troops of cavalry. After five years of fighting, American independence was still not decided or guaranteed. May 1780 saw a large British force besieging Charleston, South Carolina, the largest city in the south. Its capture on May 12, 1780, netted the British over 5,000 prisoners and dealt then-General George Washington and his cause a serious blow.

Rebels & Redcoats
How Britain Lost America

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Rebels & Redcoats for giving us
a more factual history of our War for Independence
without all the patriotic nonsense.