The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor breaks new ground in telling the story of how our country was formed. George Washington was the third generation of his family born in America. Most of us don't think of the Founding Fathers as immigrants, but surprisingly the Washingtons' story has much in common with those of other immigrants to America over the last 300 years. The Washingtons were emblematic of their time. As English trade mushroomed, George Washington's ancestor, Lawrence, became rich. But in the English Civil War, the Washingtons were swept to near ruin. In 1656, George Washington's great-grandfather John entered the sea trade with the Virginia Colony and ... the rest is history. The Washingtons epitomized the people who came, and continue to come, to America.
From it's humble beginnings as a one night affair, the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner has grown into a nearly week long celebration of press, power players, celebrities and parties. A Politico reporter, Patrick Gavin, quits his job interviewing some of Washington's top policymakers and exposes a private world of excess and extravagance that is like nothing you'd ever imagine.
In the early years of the French and Indian War, a young, hot-tempered colonel named George Washington is chosen by the leaders of Virginia to defend Fort Duquesne from a guerilla alliance of French and Native American fighters. Under the tutelage of British Maj. Gen. John Forbes and Swiss deputy Col. Henry Bouquet, Washington hones the legendary military acumen that would later forge a new country, as evidenced in this absorbing documentary.
By 1776 the American Revolution almost ended. George Washington made a bold move that saved the American cause. The Continentals crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day to attack the Hessians in Trenton. This was America's First D-Day.