Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the “skull rag and denim vest” and breaks down stereotypes. His adventurous spirit and love for the United States is contagious and engaging. His approach is more like an invitation to walk (and ride) with him through the footsteps of history. He hopes the stories and “postcards” from the highways and byways of the country will make American history relevant to today’s audiences, and motivate them to take an active part in the preservation of the values this country was built upon.
Now in the sixth season, Stan takes you across the world to see how the clouds of war gathered once again and what led America to enter WWII. New episodes air each Monday 9PM ET/ 7PM MT on BYUtv. If you’ve missed any episodes, you can catch up with all of the previous seasons online anytime at www.byutv.com/americanride
The 6’ 2”, 300-lb muscle-clad Harley Davidson-riding host of BYUtv’s acclaimed American history program, American Ride, would like nothing better than to inspire the next generation of George Washingtons, Susan B. Anthonys and Thomas Jeffersons. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in the Carolinas, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Ellsworth was steeped in the landmarks and stories of American history throughout his formative years. His family lineage includes such historic luminaries as Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen; both Generals of the Cival War, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant (also the 18th president of the U.S.); and American folk heroes Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.
Ellsworth’s goal—both when he was in the classroom, and now in his weekly television program—has always been to “wake people up” to the stories of our founding fathers and mothers, and to the sacriﬁces they made in creating this nation. In his gruff baritone voice, he speaks eloquently of our heritage and extols the wisdom and bravery of those who came before.
“LET’S TAKE A RIDE” ~ Stan Ellsworth
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I had a lot of great history teachers in high school, but I would have loved Stan Ellsworth’s class. History is so interesting and there is little I love more than a great storyteller weaving the history of the world we live in. Ellsworth’s voice is soothing, his stories entertaining, and I felt like I learned a lot about history on top of that. Even though much of the show is Ellsworth talking in front of the screen, I wasn’t bored. He is a great story teller and watching him is as interesting, if not more interesting, than the other footage spliced in.
For this review, I watched the episode “Uncommon Valor” and I loved that I not only got the facts of what happened, but I felt that I got to know the people involved as well. History is influenced by people and Ellsworth helped me understand how and why events unfolded the way they did and people made the decisions they did. I loved seeing how Americans overcame some daunting setbacks in order to be successful in their war effort. I will definitely try to watch this show and catch up on back episodes.