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Liberty's Kids

Liberty's Kids

40 Episodes

Two teenage reporters cover the events of the Revolutionary War for Ben Franklin’s newspaper, The Philadelphia Gazette. James, an American colonist, brings the rebels’ point of view to life while Sarah, a young Englishwoman stranded by fate in America, gives us the British viewpoint in her letters to her mother back in London. Meanwhile, in Paris, Ben Franklin creates strong diplomatic bonds with France, America’s first and staunchest ally. Caught on opposite sides of the hostilities, Ben’s teenage reporters confront the real, physical dangers of the conflict, forced to choose between their friendship and their countries, their understanding of good and evil, and the moral dilemmas of war. All the while trying to look after mischievous Henri, an immigrant French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble, as they bear witness to the high points of the American revolution.

Liberty's Kids
  • The Boston Tea Party

    Episode 1

    Colonists in Boston rebel against "taxation without representation" by throwing a fortune in tea into the harbor (12/16/73).
    Moses, James and Henri travel to Boston in search of Sarah, who has arrived from England on a tea-laden ship.

  • Intolerable Acts

    Episode 2

    In response to the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passes the “Intolerable Acts,” including "quartering." Boston becomes an occupied city (3/74-6/74). In England, Ben Franklin faces charges of treason (1/74).
    Moses, James, Sarah and Henri hide at poet Phillis Wheatley’s house in Boston...

  • United We Stand

    Episode 3

    At the First Continental Congress, representatives of each colony meet as a group for the first time. Sam and John Adams argue that the Intolerable Acts are not just a New England problem, they are an "American problem." The British shut down Boston Harbor to all trade. Moses lets James report ...

  • Liberty or Death!

    Episode 4

    Patrick Henry, the greatest speaker of his day, stirs the South to the cause of freedom with his famous "Give me Liberty or give me death!" speech (3/23/75). Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation offers liberty to any slave who will fight for the British (11/14/75). James, Sarah, Henri and Moses travel to...

  • The Midnight Ride

    Episode 5

    Paul Revere and William Dawes spread the word that the "British are coming!" on the eve of "the shot heard 'round the world." Sarah and James travel to Boston to deliver a message to Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren and end up riding with the famous messengers.

  • The Shot Heard 'Round the World

    Episode 6

    The Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord. Minutemen -- citizens taking up arms -- fight the powerful, experienced Red Coats. James, reporting on the minutemen, and Sarah, with the British army, witness the “shot heard round the world” at Concord Bridge.

  • Green Mountain Boys

    Episode 7

    Trouble erupts in the New Hampshire Grants when settlers are forced from their homes (1770-1775). Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold reluctantly join forces to capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York -- thereby expanding the war beyond New England (5/10/75). James heads to the Grants to cover the st...

  • The Second Continental Congress

    Episode 8

    The colonies decide they need a national army. John Adams nominates George Washington -- over other candidates who include the President of Congress, John Hancock -– to lead the new force.
    Desperate for information on what Congress is doing behind the closed doors of the statehouse, James unknow...

  • Bunker Hill

    Episode 9

    The first major battle of the war. The Americans, with little ammunition, "don't shoot until they see the whites of their eyes." The battle results in a victory for the Crown, but at such a high cost to the British that the American cause gains needed momentum.Sarah searches for a British offic...

  • Washington Takes Command

    Episode 10

    George Washington arrives in Boston to take command of the army (7/3/75). He has no idea if the New Englanders will follow a Virginian, but he is a born leader and quickly takes charge of the defense of Boston. After a yearlong siege, the British withdraw to New York (3/4/76).Sarah, James and H...

  • Postmaster General Franklin

    Episode 11

    Ben Franklin is named the first Postmaster General of the colonies (7/26/75). When Patriot mail falls into the hands of the British, James and Sarah agree to carry important letters safely to New York. On the way they evade British troops and get help from the New Jersey Committee of Corresponde...

  • Common Sense

    Episode 12

    Thomas Paine publishes his famous pamphlet. It is an instant best seller, read by everyone from General George Washington to the lowest private in the army. James, Sarah and Henri meet Thomas Paine and learn of his belief that the common man can rule himself. The Kids also hear Paine’s stand fa...

  • The Turtle
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    Episode 13

    The Turtle

    Episode 13

    The first attempt to sink a ship with a submarine fails (9/6/76). Still, the blockade of New York is weakened by another example of Yankee ingenuity. The Kids, thinking they’re reporting on the sighting of a “sea monster” in New York harbor, instead meet David Bushnell, the father of the submarine.

  • The First Fourth of July

    Episode 14

    As Hessians arrive off the coast of Staten Island (7/4/76), John Adams finally convinces Congress that independence is the only answer to the colonies’ problems. They ask Thomas Jefferson to write the first draft of a “Declaration of Independence.” Shortly after the Declaration is signed on Jul...

  • New York, New York

    Episode 15

    At the Battle of Long Island, Washington fights the British in open field battles -- with catastrophic results (8/27-29/76). His troops in disarray and his spirit nearly broken, the Commander vows to avoid open field battles and to instead borrow war tactics from the Indians. After the battle o...

  • One Life to Lose

    Episode 16

    A failed peace conference between the British Admiral Howe and John Adams and Ben Franklin convinces the American leaders that the British have no interest in making peace (9/11/76). Nathan Hale is caught spying and hanged (9/22/76).
    The Kids, at first unimpressed with Nathan Hale, get deeply in...

  • Captain Molly

    Episode 17

    Ben Franklin, appointed to a commission to negotiate a treaty with the French, sails for France aboard the Reprisal (10/24/76). Fort Washington surrenders, a catastrophe for the American cause (11/12/76). To this date, General Washington has lost every battle.Sarah travels to Fort Tryon and mee...

  • American Crisis

    Episode 18

    The low point of the war for the Americans. Washington’s adjutant, General Joseph Reed, questions the Commander’s ability to lead. General Lee ignores Washington’s orders and is eventually captured by the British (12/13/76). The Continental Congress, anticipating attack, flees Philadelphia for...

  • Across the Delaware

    Episode 19

    Washington re-crosses the Delaware River on Christmas Day. His troops defeat the sleeping Hessians at Trenton (12/26/76). Washington lights campfires to make it look like his men are bunking down for the night, then marches to Princeton and another victory (1/2/77). The country celebrates; mora...

  • An American in Paris

    Episode 20

    Ben Franklin sets up residence in Paris and begins his uphill battle to enlist France in the American cause (12/28/76). Franklin’s hopes are bolstered when news of the victories at Trenton and Princeton reach France (3/77). In America, civilians and soldiers alike fight the scourge of smallpox ...

  • Sybil Ludington

    Episode 21

    Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington makes her own “midnight ride” in Westchester County, New York (4/26/77). Benedict Arnold fights for “respect” from Congress. James learns that all kinds of people can be heroes. Sarah sees Benedict Arnold battle for respect with the same passion he uses to battl...

  • Lafayette Arrives

    Episode 22

    The 19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette arrives after an eventful journey from France and offers his services to Congress (7/27/77). After at first being turned down he is sent to George Washington, who virtually adopts him as his son. Lafayette distinguishes himself at the Battle of Brandywine Cr...

  • The Hessians are Coming

    Episode 23

    General Horatio Gates defeats Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga (10/17/77). Benedict Arnold is the true hero of the battle but is angered when he fails to receive proper recognition. James witnesses the victory at Saratoga while lashed to a Hessian soldier. Sarah is present for Benedict Arnold...

  • Valley Forge

    Episode 24

    James, Sarah and Henri are there as George Washington and his Continental Army endure a horrible winter at Valley Forge. Baron von Stueben drafts a training program for the army and helps Washington's troops become a professional fighting unit. Lafayette proves his loyalty to Washington as The ...