Liberty's Kids

Season 1 Episode 18

American Crisis

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Aired Unknown Sep 25, 2002 on PBS
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Battlefield setbacks, questioning of George Washington's leadership from his own generals, and the flight of Congress from Philadelphia to Baltimore prompt Thomas Paine to write that "These are the times that try men's souls." The kids wonder whether the revolution is about to go down in defeat.moreless

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      • HISTORICAL CONTENT: This is the low point of the war for the Americans. Washington's adjutant, General Joseph Reed, questions the Commander's ability to lead. The Continental Congress, anticipating attack, flees Philadelphia for Baltimore. Washington knows he must win a battle or the revolution will fail from lack of public support. Thomas Paine writes, "These are the times that try men's souls."

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