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Think you know U.S. history? If you were educated sometime during the last sixty years, particularly at a public school, you may be clueless about the real story of our nation’s foundations. In The American Heritage Series, historian David Barton reveals the truth of the people and intentions that shaped U.S. government, while exposing the lies that secularists have managed to sell to the American public.
How do viewers know that Barton’s take is any more correct than what is taught in most schools? Unlike the usual secular setting, featuring text books and teaching without sound sources, Barton cites original source materials as support for his arguments. Throughout this documentary, Barton reads from and displays original declarations, letters, first-edition books, etc., written by the Founding Fathers and those who came after them. With each point that Barton makes, viewers are not asked to believe him, but merely to accept facts and make truthful conclusions.
Among the exposed truths is the conclusive evidence that this nation’s foundations were permeated with Christianity. The record is set straight on several prominent historical figures that atheists and secularists like to claim as their own. In addition, Barton highlights influential people in American history whose stories have been all but lost because of their overt Christian faith.
Along with revelations about the Founding Fathers and others, Barton explores the original structure of U.S. government and examines why and how its branches are no longer functioning as they are supposed to. Among the most enlightening of the modern problems that Barton exposes is the malfunction of the judiciary, a branch responsible for many policy violations of freedom of religion.
Because this documentary is so focused on communicating as much vital information as possible, it isn’t surprising that flashy cinematography and production values are absent. Even so, a simple interview setting, mixed with clips from Barton’s older videos, enables the series to be well-produced and have a respectable degree of polish.
The greatest weakness of the documentary is its occasional redundancy. However, given the intellectual nature of the program’s content and its great importance, such repetition may actually be helpful in solidifying the crucial truths this documentary reveals.
What is the first step in righting the wrong direction our nation has taken and continues to follow? Watch The American Heritage Series.
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Faith of Our Fathers (Bridgestone Multimedia Group, 2007)
Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure (Pyro Pictures, 2012)
Institute on the Constitution (Dr. John Eidsmoe)