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Liberty's Kids

  • The Boston Tea Party

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Bunker Hill

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.