Liberty's Kids

Season 1 Episode 38

The Man Who Wouldn't Be King

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Aired Unknown Apr 02, 2003 on PBS
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The Revolutionary War officially ends with the signing of a peace treaty in Paris. However, things aren't so peaceful back in the new nation: army officers during the war are upset that congress isn't paying them their proper compensation. Their contempt almost leads to violence until General Washington single-handedly stops them with a pair of eyeglasses.moreless

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      • HISTORICAL CONTENT: Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.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. When King Geroge III hears that the conquering general has not seized power, he says, "He will be remembered as the greatest man who ever lived."

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