Building on the American Heritage Series 6 DVD set

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Building on the American Heritage Series 

From historian David Barton and former legislator Rick Green comes the second installment of the popular American Heritage Series—Building on the American Heritage Series. Join Barton and Green as they trace America’s history back to the documents and people that started it. Unlock forgotten stories and answers to questions Americans face today, and examine our nation’s religious, moral, and constitutional heritage through firsthand accounts and founding documents. More than a documentary, Building on the American Heritage Series, builds on the knowledge presented in the first installment, and encourages viewers of all ages to dive deep into America’s past to understand how to shape its future.  

With more than six hours of amazing content, Building on the American Heritage Series is a wonderful educational resource you will not want to miss! 

Episode 1: Preserving America’s Heritage 

Are we a Christian nation? This is a question American’s continually ask themselves. In the first episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton tackles this question. From laws to history, Barton defends the answer—yes we are a Christian nation. Or at least that was the way we were founded.  

Episode 2: Foundations of American Government 

In the second episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton takes a look at how God uses government to further his plan for redemption, and addresses how believers should be involved in government and voting.  

Episode 3: the Role of Government 

Barton talks about how law and government should line up with God and family in the third episode of Building on the American Heritage Series. Using God’s word and numerous historical documents, Barton builds a case for the relationships between God, men, and the state.  

Episode 4: Demystifying the Judicial System 

In the fourth episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton explores the checks and balances built into the American government that effect the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. He discusses how judges are held accountable to the people, and how we should respond as Christians to the judicial system in our country.  

Episode 5: America’s Lost Heroes—African American Patriots 

The stories of African American patriots can often be lost in documentaries exploring the foundations of our nation. Not in Building on the American Heritage Series! In the fifth episode, Barton shares the stories of many African Americans—including scientists, soldiers, congressmen, etc. This episode is designed to remind viewers that all men are created equal—in the eyes of God and even in the eyes of many founding fathers (think Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Benjamin Rush).  

Episode 6: Remarkable Young Americans 

The stories and sacrifices of young Americans are also not forgotten in Building on the American Heritage Series. In this episode, Barton shares the stories of many young Americans including the Pony Express Riders and the remarkable John Clem—the twelve year old Lieutenant of the Civil War. Younger viewers will be especially challenged and encouraged by this episode, and it will inspire them to remember that their voice and actions count!  

Episode 7: Civil Stewardship—Duty v. Right 

The seventh episode of Building on the American Heritage Series, examines the rights of Americans in the light of James 2:12 (“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.” ESV) Barton takes a special look at George Washington’s farewell speech in this episode.  

Episode 8: The Truth of American Exceptionalism 

America is known for being a prosperous, peaceful nation, both today and in her history. In this episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton helps viewers understand how America’s exceptional wealth, blessings, stability, and liberty have been tied to her past devotion to God.  

Episode 9: Changing a State and a Generation 

In “Changing a State and a Generation”—the ninth episode of Building on the American Heritage Series—Barton discusses how Christians should use their faith to inform their election choices. How godly men and women in government positions can have a profound impact on our nation.  

Episode 10: Revival and Reformation 

Episode ten of Building on the American Heritage Series covers the revivals and reformations that have taken place in the United States, such as the Great Awakening. George Whitefield is covered extensively, and Barton discusses how Americans today can work for a revival in the United States.  

Episode 11: Social Justice 

God is a God of justice, and a God who longs for justice. In the eleventh episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton draws from God’s Word to discuss how Biblical values must be incorporated into justice, how they are currently woven into the American judicial system, and how they must continue to be incorporated if our system will establish true justice. (This episode is wonderful coupled with “Episode 4: Demystifying the Judicial System).  

Episode 12: Politics and the Pulpit 

In the twelfth episode of Building on the American Heritage Series Barton discusses how the faith of many founding fathers and the clergy of America played a major role in the founding of this country—both during the Revolution and government building stages. 

Episode 13: Christians and the Civil Arena 

The final episode of Building on the American Heritage Series takes the lessons learned in the last twelve episodes and directs them toward action. It is important not only to learn about the history of our government, and the role faith has played in it, but also to act based on our education and beliefs. This episode will help individuals and families apply the lessons from Building on the American Heritage Series to real life situation and involvement in the process of government.  


Building on the American Heritage Series has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and may include topics and issues not suitable for viewers of all ages. This film received the “Faith Friendly” award for all ages from the Dove Foundation. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but Building on the American Heritage Series is generally considered appropriate for most audiences. 

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