The road to revolution (1754-1800)

From colony to nation. Explore the dramatic events that separated the United States from Britain and the trials of the young republic and its citizens.

In many ways, Benjamin Franklin is the "Founding Father" of the United States of America that best represent many ideals of the country. In this series with Walter Isaacson, we go into the life and philosophy of Franklin.

Between the 1750s and 1776, an escalating series of conflicts between the United Kingdom and its American colonies led to revolution and the creation of the United States of America.

In this tutorial Walter Isaacson walks Sal through the United States Declaration of Independence. In doing so, they discuss the philosophical underpinnings of the American Revolution and the United States in general. Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the former CEO and Chairman of CNN and Managing Editor of Time Magazine. He has written best-selling biographies of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger.