The Men Who Lost America – A revolutionary new look at the American War of Independence (April 19th 1775-September 3, 1783)

A 4 part Drama – Documentary:

It was a war Britain seemingly should have won. The result was an aberration. The country had emerged as a premier global power from the Seven Years War, the first global conflict.  It was in the decade before the American Revolution that Lord George Macartney coined the phrase “The Empire upon which the Sun Never Sets.” Britain had the advantage of a professional military, the largest navy in the world and ready access to credit. After the American war of Independence (or the Revolutionary War as it was known in the US), it later went on to defeat the French and Spanish Navies at Trafalgar (1805) and Napoleon at Waterloo (1815).

So how did this happen, why did many of the American settlers from Britain turn against their colonial home? This is the story of how and why it happened and to a great extent what made North America what it is today.

Based on the multi-award winning book, ‘The Men Who Lost America’, by Professor Andrew O’Shaughnessy this drama documentary will look at the protagonists of this war and explain how and why the British Empire came to lose its greatest colony. It will be introduced and narrated by a well known British and a well know American actors to emphasize the attitude and the disposition of the two sides as they lined up and then fought each other.

The British loss of America is of perennial interest, not least because it gave birth to two modern nations: the United States and Canada.  It is commonly assumed that failure must have been the result of incompetent military commanders and political leaders who have been ridiculed in movies, fiction and popular history. The caricatures of the leaders may indeed explain why there is no classic film or even documentary about the American Revolution.  It is a curious interpretation because it diminishes the achievements of the American commanders like George Washington.  Furthermore, this emphasis upon the role of personalities has deflected from our appreciating the real essence of this war and why it was lost.