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Ten Crucial Days - The Road to Liberty

Ten Crucial Days - The Road to Liberty examines the significance of the Continental Army's 1776 Christmas-night crossing of the Delaware River, led by General George Washington. The documentary recounts this dramatic escape — one immortalized in Emanuel Leutze's epic painting — along with the three American victories at the Battle of Trenton, and the lesser-known Second Battle of Trenton and Battle of Princeton. The events of these 10 days forever altered the course of history and marked a major turning point in America's battle for independence. Ten Crucial Days tells a story of survival and triumph on the banks of the Delaware River through quotes from letters and diaries, illustrations, paintings, maps, artifacts, military re-enactments and location footage. Also, nationally recognized historians provide background information, critical analysis of the events and colorful anecdotes about the Revolutionary War figures.

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