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Washington tells the story of how a fatherless young soldier full of personal ambition becomes a leader of men willing to sacrifice all for the common cause. How a once-loyal British subject rises to battle an empire in a liberty-or-death campaign to forge a new nation. And then how, at the zenith of his power, the victorious general voluntarily steps down, becoming what King George III would call

Sunday 7:00 PM et/pt on History
1 Season, 3 Episodes
February 16, 2020
Documentary & Biography, History, Mini-Series
8.0/10
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Nicholas Rowe, Nia Roberts, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett
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  • The Revolution has been won, but for Washington, the problems, even within his own army, are just beginning. With the fate of the young republic at stake, Washington once again rises to the moment, becoming the inevitable, though reluctant, hero his country needs. Having evolved from soldier to commander to victor, Washington does what no revolutionary leader has ever done before: He wills the power to the people. While warring nations attack America's borders and uprisings threaten from within, Washington builds the new United States up with his bare hands--enduring treachery and personal attacks--while setting the country on a course that still dictates much of the American experience to this day.

  • The British are no longer coming, they're here. And as the American colonies make their final break from the British empire, their newly minted commander-in-chief George Washington realizes he's been handed a nearly impossible task--fighting the most powerful and seasoned armed forces in the world with a ragtag group of soldiers that is undisciplined, inexperienced and underfunded. With no formal military training or major victory to his name, Washington sets the course for achieving the unimaginable through cunning, ingenuity and sheer force of will. And he is transformed in the process, from a man driven by personal ambition and animus for the British, to a man called to lead a cause far larger--the cause of liberty.

  • A young George Washington hungers for fame and prestige as an officer in the British military. Sent by the British royal governor to deliver an ultimatum to the French in the West, the inexperienced young Washington learns a hard lesson about leadership when his failures in the field inadvertently kick off a world war.

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