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Latest Changes: 2019-05-11 add SAR-France DVDs | 2020-01-13 add "Contribution" overview video |


Videos for Youth

Allies fight battle on sea and land (10-min each):
PBS' Liberty's Kids #36: "Yorktown" -- Part 1 / Part 2


Videos on Rochambeau, Yorktown, and Washington

France's Contribution to American Independence -- These videos were first released on two DVDs that were developed, videotaped and edited under the auspices of the France Society, SAR. The video files have been posted on the SAR Channel of YouTube by the National SAR Outreach Education program. Each video is about 35 minutes long.
        Part 1: 1775 - 1780 / Part 2: 1780 -1783
The Society of the Cincinnati has designed and funded several series of video presentations by historians with the goal of providing material that could be used by high school teachers. Several of these that deal with French aid to the American Revolution are linked below:

Dr. Julia Osman (Miss. State Univ.)
--- Revolutionary War Lecture II: Rochambeau and Lafayette [36 min]
--- Revolutionary War Lecture III: Victory at Yorktown [36 min]

Streaming video of Washington, Rochambeau, and the March to Yorktown
-- a discussion with Dr. Robert A. Selig on July 16, 2015 [CSPAN video, 1 hr 16 min]

Streaming video of The Revolutionary War (18 min, with animated maps)
[from The American Battlefield Trust]

Dr. William J. Fowler (Northeastern Univ.)
--- The Crucial Time After Yorktown [43 min]
Tête á Tête [head-to-head] illustrates the atmosphere and the tensions in Philadelphia in 1775 as it looks over the shoulders of Benjamin Franklin and John Jay during their secret meetings with French envoy Achat de Bonvouloir. Here they laid the foundations f or developing a France-U.S. alliance to achieve American independence. This critical meeting occurred in December 1775 -- six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. View the description and a link to purchase the videotape from Carpenters; Hall. This movie was based on a short book, Blueprint for a Revolution: The Spies at Carpenters' Hall, by Charles and Nancy Cook, which is posted online.


Videos from the History Channel

the Marquis de Lafayette [History Channel -- on YouTube, 45 min] -- part of the series, Washington's Generals.

For the following videos there is a 30-sec commercial before the video starts.
-- Tenacity in the Struggle for Liberty
-- Storming the Last Redoubt at Yorktown

We hope that the History Channel will add videos noting the significant aid from France, such as
  • the military supplies that were critical to the victory at Saratoga
  • battles involving French and Spanish troops (Newport, Savannah, Pensacola, Yorktown)
  • global naval engagements between Great Britain, France, and Spain (which kept British forces away from the U.S.)


  • Ten Videos Related to the W3R

    Rich Borkow, Village Historian of Dobbs Ferry (and a member of the W3R-US) has posted video clips (four to nine minutes long) of his interviews with historians David Hackett Fischer, Thomas Fleming, and Mary Sudman Donovan on the following topics
    • American Revolution: the decision that won the war
    • American Revolution: the American Cause
    • The French Vision for North America
    • American victory on the Hudson River at Saratoga (1777)
    • The Washington-Rochambeau March (1781)
    • George Washington at 'Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry'
    • George Washington: Character and Leadership
    • George Washington's Officers
    • The Revolutionary War in the Hudson River Valley - Two Great Turning Points
    • The Mounted Troops of Colonel Sheldon
    Youtube listing and links to the videos

    These interviews were funded by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities -- an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities -- to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.