The Spirit of '76 (2009)
2h 31min · 17 September 2009
In 2009, the United States of America is looking for answers about our future. In 1776, we were given all the tools to guide us. Today, Mike Church brings you the definitive look at our past, how it relates to our present and what it can mean for our future. As the story goes, it was 101-degrees in 1787 Philadelphia yet our Founding Fathers endured. With the energy and wisdom of James Madison, they wrote the Constitution. Madison and Alexander Hamilton then wrote the Federalist papers, which won over the hearts and minds of most Americans and the Constitution was quickly ratified to the delight of millions. Sounds like a nice story and it would make a great movie, but there's one problem: It isn't true. Founding Father Films and writer/director Mike Church, the creator of the heralded documentaries "The Road to Independence" and "The Fame of Our Fathers," is presenting the "The Spirit of '76." The third chapter in the trilogy that began with "The Road To Independence." "The Spirit of '76" offers the real story of the writing and ratification of the Constitution in the new including the world's first portrayal of the most important yet untold piece of the story: the Virginia Ratification Convention. But you won't just hear the historic debates that shaped our country - you will travel back in time to Independence Hall and see it.
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Director(s): Mike ChurchCast: Mike Church, Jay Thomas, Jean Hetherington