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From the Jackson Sun: http://www.jacksonsu...D=2012304260014

Former NFL player and high-school history teacher Stan Ellsworth said he combined his love for history and love for motorcycles to teach others about American history on the BYUtv series “American Ride.”

Ellsworth is the host of “American Ride.” He said the show features motorcycle riders who ride the same routes traveled by influential American settlers including the colonists, pioneers, Native American tribes, as well as Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers.

“Each one of us has a unique story,” Ellsworth said. “But all of these stories are our stories. We try to ride around the same trails as our forefathers. They are the people who gave us this nation.”

Ellsworth, of Salt Lake City, traveled to West Tennessee to film an episode for the third season of “American Ride” at the Shiloh Battlefield on April 5 and 6 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. The show is part of Brigham Young University’s BYUtv network.

“The park was absolutely gorgeous,” Ellsworth said. “It’s got this pristine feeling. The land there remembers what occurred on April 6 and 7.”

Ellsworth said people are still questioning Confederate Gen. P.G.T Beauregard’s strategies in the battle.

“Beauregard sacrificed all of his men and lost the battle of Shiloh,” he said.

Ellsworth said his goal is to entertain viewers as well as provide them with knowledge of their American heritage.

“We want to talk about the good things that unite us,” he said. “People tell us that the show has given them a new appreciation for American history. We hit the highlights of history and give our audience a flavor of American heritage.”

Ellsworth said the show has filmed episodes on tragic occurrences in American history, such as The Trail of Tears and slavery.

“We deal directly with it,” he said. “Let’s work together and move forward.”

Ellsworth said many of the show’s viewers had misconceptions about the Revolutionary War. He said many believed the Revolutionary War ended after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

“They think it started at Lexington and Concord and ended when the Declaration was written,” he said. “No. It was a long war. There were also a great number of people who were loyal to the King of England.”

Ellsworth said the episode about the Declaration of Independence was especially important to him.

“We were allowed to stand on the floor where the founders worked,” he said. “You could feel their spirit.”

Ellsworth said President George Washington was 42 when he assumed command of the Continental Army in 1775. He said Washington humbly turned the power he had been given back over to Congress when he was released from service.

“Washington was a Virginian,” he said. “But he saw himself as an American citizen. He had the opportunity to be king and walked away from it twice.”

Priya Narapareddy

I met a a Rebel by the name of Jeff at the Hornets' Nest about 10 AM on April 6, 2012. His Great Grandfather was with the 9th TN. That regiment hit the 16th WI at about 9:30 AM where the Eastern Corinth Road crosses the Sunken Road.


A gentleman who overheard our talk asked if we would consider being interviewed for this show (turned out to be the director). I had a hard time overcoming my massive shyness, but finally agreed. Most likely my part will end up with my NY Times photo @ Peabody's Mon., on the cutting room floor. They said the show will air some time in Sept. BYU TV is suppose to be on all major cable systems. It's on channel 374 on Directv.


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