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Courage New Hampshire is a successful fan supported, and financed, digital television series with an online following of thousands of fans that eagerly anticipate the release of each new episode. “Our global digital fan base is organically growing week after week, by positive reviews in the blogosphere and word of mouth to groups of individuals in search of quality programming, who are willing to look outside of traditional television distribution channels for content. We are thrilled to discover that our self-distribution model is a success and believe it is the next wave of television content delivery,” comments producer Jonathan Wilson.
Synopsis: Tavern keeper and justice of the peace Silas Rhodes (James Riley), alongside British deserter Bob Wheedle (Nathan Kershaw) lead a band of rebel underground soldiers known as “The Sons of Liberty,” in acts of mid-night justice against royal officials attempting to enforce unpopular law, in the pre-revolutionary New England township, Courage, New Hampshire. Tales depicting daily life in this 18th century early American township mixed with the turmoil of pre-revolutionary war in accurate detail, provide a storyline filled with intrigue, politics, family-life and romance in this colonial period drama series.
I love History. Especially American History. It was my favorite subject in school and is now my favorite subject to teach the kids.
My kids on the other hand, love T.V. So I was very happy when I found out about Courage, New Hampshire a new TV show from Colony Bay Productions. Courage, New Hampshire is a historically based online show that can be streamed for about $2 per episode. You can also buy the DVD for $9.99 each episode or you can “Join the Colony for $24.95 and receive all three DVD’s and some extra perks as well. All great deals!
While there are only three episodes right now, Colony Bay Productions is getting ready to release Episode 4 this September. My kids and I can’t wait!
I wasn’t sure that a historical show would catch their attention, but when I had planned to watch one episode per evening, at the end of the first show, I was begged to begin the next. And so we watched all three episodes in one evening, staying up way past bedtime and talking about them well after a week later.
I will tell you that these shows are better suited to older children only because there are hangings, brandings (neither of which you actually see) and a bastardy case included in the story. But these are all real life challenges of Early America and as such can be important to our older children’s education. While I was a little leery to begin with about my children watching those things happen, I had to remember that our History WAS not often pretty. In the end, all those subjects brought up some great conversations with my kids that I really enjoyed having with them.
These shows were a great fit for our curriculum this year, as my oldest three are studying Early American History. I encourage you to look into these videos, either as a great way to spend a family evening, or an addition to school curriculum. You can even buy the Teaching With Courage curriculum set, which include the DVD, lesson plans and more.
You can also find Courage, New Hampshire on Facebook!
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