Liberty's Kids

2002, TV Show

Full Episodes(40)

Latest Episode: We The People

Apr 04, 2003 Season 1 Episode 40 watch on (Paid)

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 the promise of the Revolution (9/17/87). It includes the “odious compromise” on slavery that maintains the practice’s legality in the United States. George Washington is inaugurated as the first President (4/30/1789). Moses resolves to open a school for free black children. Sarah’s father joins the family from Ohio. Everyone looks forward to their new lives in the United States of America.

Going Home

Apr 03, 2003 Season 1 Episode 39

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 strong central government if it is to survive as a nation.Sarah goes to New York to get the story of the fate of the loyalists from Mrs. Radcliffe. Moses helps Cato travel to New York, where Cato leaves for Nova Scotia with Mrs. Radcliffe. James reports on Shays and the discontent of the former soldiers -– and resolves to own and run his own newspaper. Lafayette invites Henri to live with him in France. Ben, accompanied by Sarah’s mother, returns from Europe to a triumphant reception in Philadelphia.
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Liberty's Kids: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King

Apr 02, 2003 Season 1 Episode 38

Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War. 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. He then races to Congress and resigns to become, once again, a farmer and private citizen.
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Born Free And Equal

Apr 01, 2003 Season 1 Episode 37

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 III is finally convinced to recognize American independence and to go to the peace table.Sarah, staying with Abigail Adams in Boston, is thrilled to see Mum Bett freed and resolves to fight for civil rights. In France, Ben Franklin hopes that news of Yorktown will convince King George to surrender to his former colonies.
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Yorktown

Mar 31, 2003 Season 1 Episode 36

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 is over (10/19/81).Moses joins the American mining corps and tries unsuccessfully to find Cato. Sarah, James and Henri witness the siege and victory at Yorktown.
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James Armistead

Jan 23, 2003 Season 1 Episode 35

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 attack New York (8/14/81). His Excellency resolves to move his troops to Virginia to join with the French fleet and trap Cornwallis in Yorktown. Sarah and Henri go from camp to camp with Lafayette as he jousts with Cornwallis, then worry over the fate of James Armistead. James follows the maneuvering of Washington and Henry Knox. Moses learns from Sarah that his brother Cato is fighting with Cornwallis’s forces.
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Deborah Samson: Soldier Of The Revolution

Jan 22, 2003 Season 1 Episode 34

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, accompanying Washington, meet Rochambeau.
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Conflict In The South

Jan 21, 2003 Season 1 Episode 33

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). Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson is forced by Benedict Arnold to abandon the Governor’s residence in Richmond.James and Henri follow the ups and downs of Greene’s efforts. Sarah discusses slavery with Thomas Jefferson.
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Benedict Arnold

Jan 20, 2003 Season 1 Episode 32

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.
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Bostonians

Nov 11, 2002 Season 1 Episode 31

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 Confederacy, and learns firsthand about atrocities committed by Iroquois and American alike (8/27/79).
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In Praise Of Ben

Nov 08, 2002 Season 1 Episode 30

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 have made him one of the world’s greatest men.
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The Great Galvez

Nov 07, 2002 Season 1 Episode 29

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 intends to return to Philadelphia.
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Not Yet Begun To Fight!

Nov 06, 2002 Season 1 Episode 28

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.
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The New Frontier

Nov 05, 2002 Season 1 Episode 27

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. After witnessing the cruel treatment of Cornstalk, she has had enough of the violence in the New World and decides to return to England. James takes on an angry mob as he reports on the repercussions of inflation.
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Honor And Compromise

Nov 04, 2002 Season 1 Episode 26

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 the Battle of Monmouth when, in direct violation of his orders, he orders a retreat (6/28/78). George Washington arrives just in time to rally his troops to victory. Henri befriends Wappinger Abraham Nimham, who tutors the boy on the finer points of capturing turkeys for their feathers. Sarah and Moses visit Congress in York, Pennsylvania, and witness the debate over the Articles of Confederation.
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