Liberty's Kids

Season 1 Episode 37

Born Free and Equal

Aired Unknown Apr 01, 2003 on PBS

Episode Recap

Sara and Abigail Adams attend a party in Massachusetts where the Declaration of Independence is read. As the document is being read, the slaves of the household discuss "those words of freedom" Sara writes a letter to her mother about the victory at Yorktown. In France, Dr. Franklin receives the news of victory and King George receives it as well, but vows that "their will be no peace without honor." Back in the mansion in Massachusetts, Sara tells Mr. Sedgwick that she aspires to be the first female lawyer. Betty the slave knocks on the door and asks Mr. Sedgwick to help her win her freedom, he agrees. In London, parliament forces Prime Minister Lord North to tell King George to give up. However, King George apparently now driven mad, rejects parliament's suggestion. At the trial for Betty's freedom, Abigail Adams and Sara sit and watch. Mr. Sedgwick pleads his case by citing Massachusetts new constitution. In the end, the jury declares that Betty is free. Betty renames herself "Elizabeth Freeman". Back in France, Dr. Franklin receives news that King George has finally agreed to make peace.