Colonial Americans as British Subjects

It is 1763, and after more than a century of British rule in the colonies, people in America still consider themselves British.  Their capital is London; their King is George III. 

By 1775, just a dozen years later, the colonies are on the brink of rebellion against their King and their country.  Why did this happen?  What had changed in such a short period of time?

This documentary, which includes recreations (based on primary sources) and interviews (with historians and leading experts) provides the background of the growing conflict between Britain and her American colonies.

During the early years of the colonists' agitation for independence from Britain, Dr. Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American in the world.  Learn more about him by watching a clip from the PBS Series, Liberty:  The American Revolution, Episode 1 - "The Reluctant Revolutionaries." 

Move the video ahead, to 8:23, to get straight to the section on Franklin.

Media Credits

Episode online, via PBS at Google Video.  Copyright, PBS and Twin Cities Public Television, all rights reserved.  Provided here as "fair use" for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production, in general, and with "The Reluctant Revolutionaries," in particular.


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