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FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty

A 90-minute documentary that examines how the most basic of human freedoms — freedom of conscience — was codified for the first time in human history by America’s Founding Fathers as an inalienable human right protected by law, instigating a landmark and lasting shift in human history.  This film uses stunning re-enactments, the Founding Fathers’ own words, and the incisive commentary of key experts to profile the lives and times of the colonial Americans who raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a fundamental human right.  The broadcast is accompanied by a companion book and website, as well as comprehensive educational resources.

FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty airs on PBS stations nationwide on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).

FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty is a production of Groberg Films, Inc., in association with WETA Washington, D.C.

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FirstFreedom01-Washington

American Founding Father George Washington on the steps of his home, Mount Vernon, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Mabry for Groberg Films, Inc.

FirstFreedom02-Jefferson

American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson signs the Declaration of Independence at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Goodman for Groberg Films, Inc.

FirstFreedom03-HenryMadison

American Founding Father Patrick Henry offers strong opinion to James Madison prior to his drafting the Bill of Rights, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Goodman for Groberg Films, Inc.

FirstFreedom01-PlymouthPrayer

Puritans in prayer at Massachusetts Bay Colony, enjoying their greater religious liberty in the New World, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Goodman for Groberg Films, Inc.

FirstFreedom05-Franklin

American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin listens to a sermon by Anglican minister George Whitefield in Philadelphia, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Goodman for Groberg Films, Inc.

FirstFreedom06-ValleyForge

Members of the American Continental Army converse at Valley Forge, in a re-enactment from FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty.

Credit: Mark Goodman for Groberg Films, Inc.

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