The great gift of lib­erty

Rene­gades and Rebels takes a fresh look at Amer­i­can His­tory

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Megan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

Lo­cal TV per­son­al­ity Stan Ellsworth says that free­dom "is the hope of ev­ery hu­man heart and the birthright of ev­ery Amer­i­can." He be­lieves those of us who en­joy this great gift and com­mon cul­ture have a sa­cred obli­ga­tion to re­mem­ber and trea­sure our his­tory.

The "Amer­i­can Ride" host is work­ing on new projects to help give the next gen­er­a­tion "a clear un­der­stand­ing of the great gift of lib­erty and the bless­ing that is theirs." His new book, "Rene­gades and Rebels", tells "true sto­ries of the fire­brands and philoso­phers of Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence." The book is avail­able on Ama­zon.

Ellsworth said his de­sire to write this book stemmed from the way he's seen "the found­ing gen­er­a­tion be­ing marginal­ized and den­i­grated" in the way his­tory is be­ing viewed and taught in schools to­day. "It con­cerns me," he said.

Ellsworth said the rev­o­lu­tion­ary thing about the United States of Amer­ica was that it was founded on an idea, not a lo­ca­tion, cul­ture or po­lit­i­cal fig­ure. "No other na­tion was founded that way," he said. "Thomas Jef­fer­son said our rights were en­dowed by the cre­ator, not the govern­ment. It's a set of ideals and dream unique in his­tory."

Grow­ing up in Manas­sas, Vir­ginia, near an im­por­tant civil war bat­tle­field, Ellsworth al­ways had a strong sense of Amer­i­can His­tory and the role his an­ces­tors played in the events that shaped our na­tion. "I want to in­still that cu­rios­ity in ev­ery Amer­i­can's heart," he said.

Ellsworth finds that most peo­ple know only a frac­tion of the past events that have shaped our lives to­day. There is much more we could find out about our coun­try and the area we live in.

Ellsworth said though Utah County lo­cals may know a lot about the pi­o­neers, many peo­ple don't have a sense of the im­por­tance of the area to the fur trade. "The first white folks that got into the great basin were the hunters and trap­pers," he said. "(John Ja­cob) As­tor's group had a fort on the western shores of Utah Lake." The maps and writ­ings that came from the traders were used by the pi­o­neers as a foun­da­tion for their ex­plo­ration and set­tle­ment.

In ad­di­tion to "Amer­i­can Ride" his pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show on BYUTV, Ellsworth has cre­ated a ra­dio pro­gram "His­tory, Har­leys and the High­way". The 2-hour ra­dio show is about his­tor­i­cal events that have mod­ern-day rel­e­vance.

It's about the men and women who have stood out and made a dif­fer­ence. The show has guests that range from au­thors, philoso­phers and celebri­ties. Lis­ten for free on Sound­cloud. com.

An­other pro­ject is a YouTube se­ries he's part­nered with Utah County's Timp Har­ley to cre­ate. It is called, "His­tory and the High­way - Roads and Rides".

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