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
  • Allies at Last

    Episode 1

    News of the American victory at Saratoga helps pave the way for Ben Franklin to negotiate a treaty with France. The treaty obligates the French to help fight the Revolutionary War (2/6/78).James learns about religious freedom from Moses Michael Hayes, while Sarah and Henri spend time with Britis...

  • Honor and Compromise

    Episode 2

    The States struggle to unite politically before the arrival of the French Ambassador (5/9/78-7/8/78). Charles Henry Lee nearly costs the Americans dearly at he Battle of Monmouth when, in direct violation of his orders, he orders a retreat (6/28/78). George Washington arrives just in time to ral...

  • The New Frontier

    Episode 3

    In the Ohio territory, Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and his people are caught between the Americans and the British, with tragic results (11/77). In Philadelphia, inflation makes life difficult for working people and leads to the “Fort Wilson” riot (10/79). Sarah is reunited with her father in Ohio. ...

  • Not Yet Begun to Fight

    Episode 4

    In a long, desperate battle, John Paul Jones and his wildly outgunned Bonhomme Richard defeat the British Serapis off the coast of England (9/23/79).Sailing to England, Sarah is shipwrecked and saved by Jones. Later, she comes to the realization that she is now, in her heart, an American.

  • The Great Galvez

    Episode 5

    Spanish Governor Bernardo de Galvez aides the American cause by capturing Baton Rouge (9/21/79), Natchez (10/5/79) and Mobile (3/13/80) from the British. James and Henri sail down the Mississippi, seeking Galvez. In England, Sarah witnesses British opposition to the war and tells her mother she ...

  • In Praise of Ben

    Episode 6

    Sarah returns to Philadelphia and is reunited with Moses, James and Henri. Henri gets into a scrape with a Tory boy when the Tory makes disparaging comments about Ben Franklin. Sarah, James and Moses tell the boys about Franklin’s discoveries, inventions, writings and other accomplishments that...

  • Bostonians

    Episode 7

    Sarah and Henri join the Adams family in Massachusetts just as John and his son John Quincy return from France and are reunited with Abigail (8/2/79). John is asked to write the Massachusetts Constitution (8/9/79). James travels to New York where he meets Joseph Brant, a chief of the Iroquois C...

  • Benedict Arnold

    Episode 8

    James, Sarah and Henri are there when Arnold tries to hand West Point over to British (9/21/80). Arnold’s plot is uncovered when his accomplice Major Andre is captured (9/23/80). Sarah, especially, is upset by her former friend’s treason.

  • Deborah Samson - Soldier of The Revolution

    Episode 9

    Deborah Samson masquerades as a man so she can enlist in the Continental army (5/20/1782-10/23/83). Washington and French general Rochambeau disagree on whether to try to retake New York or move south against Cornwallis (1/81-5/81). Sarah meets the courageous Deborah Samson. James and Henri, ac...

  • Conflict in The South

    Episode 10

    General Nathanael Greene replaces Horatio Gates as the American commander in the south (10/16/80). Trying to win the hearts and minds of the Southern populace, he leads Cornwallis on a six-month chase that exhausts the British troops and leads Cornwallis to move into Virginia (12/80-3/81). Virg...

  • James Armistead

    Episode 11

    Virginia slave James Armistead joins Lafayette and spies on Benedict Arnold (3/81). Then, working as a double agent, Armistead provides false information to British General Cornwallis (7/81). With news that de Grasse’s French fleet is headed for Chesapeake Bay, Washington abandons plans to atta...

  • Yorktown

    Episode 12

    The climatic battle of the war. Moses’ brother Cato, a soldier on the British side, is sent into harm’s way by Cornwallis and is aided by a sympathetic Hessian soldier. After a long siege, Cornwallis surrenders. It’s a huge victory for the Americans, but Washington is not yet convinced the war...

  • The Man Who Wouldn't be King

    Episode 13

    Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War (11/30/83). At Newburgh, New York, some members of Washington's officer corps want him to become King and take over the country. Washington puts down the revolt -- with his eyeglasses (3/15/83). He then...

  • Going Home

    Episode 14

    With the signing of the Treaty of Paris, loyalists are forced to leave their homes. Many slaves move to Canada to avoid being returned to slavery. American soldiers return home, many of them to abject poverty. Shays’ Rebellion and other events make it clear that the United States requires a st...

  • Born Free and Equal

    Episode 15

    Massachusetts slave “Mum Bett” sues for her freedom (5/28/1781). When she wins, she renames herself Elizabeth Freeman (8/81). With this decision and that in the case of another slave, Quok Walker, Massachusetts has abolished slavery (1783). In Great Britain, a bitter, recalcitrant King George ...

  • We The People

    Episode 16

    America’s leaders meet at a convention in Philadelphia and decide to write a radical new Constitution. Ben Franklin, in his final moment on the world stage, helps forge the “Great Compromise” on legislative representation. James Madison writes much of the Constitution, the lawful embodiment of ...