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Drive Thru American History

William Penn & Pennsylvania (#105)

At Pennsbury Manor viewers learn of William Penn’s upbringing in England and that the King of England granted Penn the largest land charter ever given, hoping that other Quakers would follow Penn to the New World. This episode also explains how Penn founded Philadelphia as a city of tolerance and how he created a system of government that provided for the separation of powers and checks and balances. The final stop is Betsy Ross’ House, where the story is told of the creation of the first U.S. flag. [17 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This award-winning series explores the discovery and founding of America. Visit Christopher Columbus’ birthplace in Italy and the place in Spain where he set sail for America. From there through the Revolutionary War and the beginnings of a nation, these programs provide a fast paced drive through history that’s just plain “ cool.”

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