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Oh, fatal ambition!

Author: Ellen HovdeMuffie MeyerRonald BlumerForrest SawyerEdward HerrmannAll authors
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : PBS Video, ©1997.
Series: PBS Video database of America's history & culture, v. 245.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English : PBS Video index version
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The "united" states were in need of funds and military support. Congress dispatched Benjamin Franklin to France in hopes of creating an alliance, but Louis XVI was reluctant without assurance of success. When the British army marched down the Hudson River and was crushed at Saratoga, the French entered the war on the American side. Features dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period, comments by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Hovde; Muffie Meyer; Ronald Blumer; Forrest Sawyer; Edward Herrmann; Tom Hurwitz; Richard Einhorn; Mark O'Connor; KTCA-TV (Television station : Saint Paul, Minn.); Middlemarch Films.; Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul, Minn.); PBS Video.; Democracy Project (Public Broadcasting Service)
OCLC Number: 43952763
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally broadcast as episode 4 of the PBS television series, Liberty! The American Revolution.
"The Democracy Project."
Specially prepared set enhanced by PBS with time code visible on the screen.
This series is supplemented by the "PBS Videodatabase of America's History & Culture Merged Index" which provides subject references to specific videocassette volume numbers within the series and to specific locations within individual videocassettes according to on-screen counter numbers indicating number of minutes and seconds elapsed within a particular referenced videocassette.
Credits: Director of photography, Tom Hurwitz ; music by Richard Einhorn, Mark O'Connor ; editors, Sharon Sachs, Alison Ellwood, Molly Bernstein.
Performer(s): Narrator, Edward Herrmann ; host, Forrest Sawyer.
Description: 1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Contents: Chapter 1. Benjamin Franklin arrives in France --
chapter 2. Gentleman Johnny --
chapter 3. The northern strategy --
chapter 4. Franklin the charmer --
chapter 5. Burgoyne continues south --
chapter 6. Burgoyne talks too much --
chapter 7. Supplies get shorter --
chapter 8. Time is slipping away --
chapter 9. The Americans assemble --
chapter 10. Burgoyne's last month --
chapter 11. Burgoyne surrenders.
Series Title: PBS Video database of America's history & culture, v. 245.
Other Titles: Liberty! (Television program)
Responsibility: produced and directed by Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer ; writer, Ronald Blumer ; a production of KTCA-TV in association with Middlemarch Films ; Twin Cities Public Television.

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The "united" states were in need of funds and military support. Congress dispatched Benjamin Franklin to France in hopes of creating an alliance, but Louis XVI was reluctant without assurance of success. When the British army marched down the Hudson River and was crushed at Saratoga, the French entered the war on the American side. Features dramatic readings from letters and diaries of the period, comments by historians, and live-action recreations.

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