William Crawley tells the dramatic story of Ulster's Presbyterians
The final part of William Crawley's landmark series tells a tale of union and division as Ulster's Presbyterians begin to move away from their radical past to become part of the establishment in a new Northern Ireland state. He explores the creation of the modern-day Presbyterian church in Ireland, born out of a bitter struggle between radicals and conservatives, and he travels to India to celebrate the legacy of its first missionaries.
In episode two of An Independent People, William Crawley travels to America. He uncovers the story of the Ulster Presbyterian minister who struck the first blow for American religious freedom and became the father of the American Presbyterian church. He celebrates the extraordinary contribution made by Ulster Presbyterians to America's struggle for liberty - a contribution enshrined in the Declaration of Independence - and he uncovers how revolution in America and France inspired radical Presbyterians in Ulster to rise up against the Crown in 1798.