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  • Liberty's Kids

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    Travel back in time with Benjamin Franklin’s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war – James an American colonist and Sarah a young English reporter are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure!moreless
  • We the People

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    S 1 : Ep 40 - 4/4/03

    Unable to pay their debts, farmers who fought in the war find their land being taken by the government. Violence ensues and an "excess of democracy" threatens to destroy the newly formed nation. Fearing that things can deteriorate further, delegates from each state meet once again in Philadelphia to draft a new Constitution.moreless
  • Going Home

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    S 1 : Ep 39 - 4/3/03

    James interviews former U.S. soldiers to find out what it's like for them, and learns that farmers are having trouble paying off taxes since all their food went towards feeding soldiers. Meanwhile, Lafayette says he is going home to France and eventually invites Henri to go with him, and Henri accepts the invitation.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Going Home

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    Sarah goes to New York to get the story of the fate of the loyalists. Moses helps Cato travel to New York, where Cato departs 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 invited Henri to live with him in France. Ben, accompanied by Sarah's mother, returns from Europe to a triumphant reception in Philadelphia.moreless
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Be King

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    S 1 : Ep 38 - 4/2/03

    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
  • Born Free and Equal

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    S 1 : Ep 37 - 4/1/03

    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. James finds himself in a tight spot as he digs deeper for the whole story.moreless
  • Yorktown

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    S 1 : Ep 36 - 3/31/03

    Moses' brother Cato, fighting for his own freedom, serves as a soldier for the British and is sent into harm's way by Cornwallis' inhuman racist orders. Aided by a sympathetic Hessian soldier, Cato escapes with his life. Moses joins the American mining corps, which is a group of men who dig tunnels and build walls needed in battle, and tries unsuccessfully to find Cato. Sarah, James and Henri witness the siege and victory at Yorktown.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Yorktown

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    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. Sarah, James and Henri witness the long siege and victory at Yorktown. It's a huge victory for the Americans, but Washington is not yet convinced the war is over.moreless
  • James Armistead

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    S 1 : Ep 35 - 1/23/03

    The Americans send out James Armistead, a slave, to spy on the British by pretending to be Benedict Arnold's slave. He finds out that Cato, Moses' brother is a British slave. The British ask James to spy on the Americans the same way he is spying on them.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: James Armistead

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    Sarah and Henri go from camp to camp with Lafayette as he jousts with Cornwallis, and then worry over the fate of James Armistead, a Virginia slave spying on Benedict Arnold. Meanwhile, James follows Washington and Henry Knox, and Moses learns of his brother's slavery by Cornwallis' forces.moreless
  • Deborah Samson: Soldier Of The Revolution

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    S 1 : Ep 34 - 1/22/03

  • Conflict in the South

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    S 1 : Ep 33 - 1/21/03

    Sarah is outraged to learn that Thomas Jefferson owns slaves and discusses the issue. Meanwhile, the boys are following the campaign of Nathaniel Greene, the new American commander in the South, as he leads British general Cornwallis on an exhausting six-month chase.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Conflict In The South

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    James and Henri follow General Nathaniel Greene's campaign as he tries to win the hearts and minds of the Southern populace by leading Cornwallis on a six-month chase that exhausts the British troops. Cornwallis moves into Virginia, where Governor Thomas Jefferson is forced by Benedict Arnold to abandon the Governor's residence in Richmond.moreless
  • Benedict Arnold

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    S 1 : Ep 32 - 1/20/03

    According to James' theory, there are British spies that are close to General Washington, how else could you explain all the conterattacks by the british? James is on a mission to find out! In the mean time, in his west point house, Benedict Arnold is bitter about the Congress. Becasue of his bitterenss, he meets up with one of the british officers and tells them of Washington's plans, plans that if the british could get a hold of, would mean the end of liberty. What will Sarah think when she finds out her hero is a traitor?moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Benedict Arnold

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    James, Sarah and Henri are present when Benedict Arnold tries to hand West Point over to the British. Arnold's plot is uncovered, however, when his accomplice Major Andre is captured. Sarah, especially, is upset by her former friend's treason.moreless
  • Bostonians

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    S 1 : Ep 31 - 11/11/02

    While in New York to report on the fighting between the colonists and the Iroquois led by chief Joseph Brant, James sees atrocities committed by both sides. Sarah catches up with her friend Abigail Adams, whose husband John has just returned from a diplomatic assignment in France.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Bostonians

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    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. John is asked to write the Massachusetts Constitution. 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.moreless
  • In Praise of Ben

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    S 1 : Ep 30 - 11/8/02

    The title kinda gives it away, the episode begins with Sarah coming 'home' to Philidelphia, she's greeted by Moses, and eventually, a slightly bitter James. The rest is 'in praise of Ben' Benjamin Franklin. It's about is education, his inventions, and many other things.moreless
  • The Great Galvez

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    S 1 : Ep 29 - 11/7/02

    Sarah is in London with her mother and is having doubts about belonging there. In the end, she finally decides she is an American. Meanwhile James and Henri are traveling a long ways to give a letter to Galvez, but on the way are Brittish soldiers, will they stop them and find the letter?moreless
  • Not Yet Begun to Fight

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    S 1 : Ep 28 - 11/6/02

    Sarah's ship is wrecked on its way to England, and the passengers are rescued by American naval commander John Paul Jones. Off the coast of England, Jones and the crew of the outgunned Bonhomme Richard win a crucial battle against the British ship Serapis.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Not Yet Begun To Fight

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    Sarah's ship is wrecked on its way to England, and its passengers are rescued by American Naval Commander John Paul Jones. Off the coast of England, Jones and the crew of the outgunned Bonhomme Richard win a crucial battle against the British ship Serapsis.moreless
  • The New Frontier

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    S 1 : Ep 27 - 11/5/02

    Sarah decides to go off into the wild Ohio Fronteir to find her father, while there she's found by some friendly Indians who wish to help her. An English friend of the Indians comes to help and Sarah gets a very wonderful surprise and makes a sad decision. Meanwhile James and every other poor person is having trouble with the rich overcharging them. A man trys to tar and feather a rich Tori, but James disagrees.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: A New Frontier

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    Sarah decides to go off into the wild Ohio frontier to find her father. While she's there, some friendly Native Americans offer assistance. An English friend of the tribe comes to help, and Sarah gets a very wonderful surprise- and makes a sad decision. Meanwhile, James and every other poor person is having trouble with the rich overcharging them.moreless
  • Honor and Compromise

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    S 1 : Ep 26 - 11/4/02

    Henri befriends Abraham Nimham; Sarah and Moses watch Congress debate over the Articles of Confederation.
  • Allies at Last

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    S 1 : Ep 25 - 10/4/02

    James learns about religious freedom from Moses Michael Hayes; Sarah and Henri are in occupied Philadelphia. In Paris, Benjamin Franklin finally succeeds in getting a commitment from the French to fight on the American side.moreless
  • Valley Forge

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    S 1 : Ep 24 - 10/3/02

    When General Washington and his men endure a terrible winter at Valley Forge, James and Sarah see the hardships suffered by common foot soldiers. Lafayette helps foil a plot to overthrow Washington as commander.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: Valley Forge

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    When General Washington and his men endure a terrible winter at Valley Forge, James and Sarah see the hardships suffered by common foot soldiers. Lafayette helps foil a plot to overthrow Washington as commander.moreless
  • The Hessians Are Coming

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    S 1 : Ep 23 - 10/2/02

    James witnesses the American victory at Saratoga from a unique point of view when he spends it lashed to a Hessian soldier. Sarah sees Benedict Arnold's heroics at the battle—and his anger at not receiving proper recognition afterward.moreless
  • Liberty's Kids: The Hessians Are Coming

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    James witnesses the American victory at Saratoga from a unique point of view when he spends it lashed to a Hessian soldier. Sarah sees Benedict Arnold's heroics in battle- and his anger at not receiving proper recognition afterward.moreless
  • Lafayette Arrives

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 10/1/02

    The Marquis de La Fayette, strongly sympathetic to the American cause, arrives in Philadelphia seeking a commission from the Continental Congress. He assures the Congress and General Washington that his motivation is fighting for liberty, not glory. La Fayette is given a commission and joins Washington and the Americans in the field of battle.moreless
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