“The War That Made America” brings to life a vastly important—but
often misunderstood—period of American history, a period that set
in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution.
The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian
War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania
frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately
around the world. This is the 4 hour PBS documentary mini-series
which aired earlier this year.
The documentary is narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award
nominated actor for “Dances With Wolves” and an Oneida Indian whose
ancestors fought in this war.
A central figure in the documentary is George Washington, then
a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make
his reputation in the military, whose blunders actually trigger
the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has long
been distorted or forgotten, is the critical military importance
and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between
the English and French for the expansion of their colonial empires.
It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained
the seeds of the Revolutionary War.
This is a great overview and solid introduction to the French &
Indian War but the serious historical student may find some discrepancies
and debatable content (or lack thereof).
240 minutes, DVD 2-disk set, Bonus Features, $39.95.