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Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series 1 Season 2003

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,249) IMDb 7.8/10

Two teenage reporters cover the events of the Revolutionary War for Ben Franklin's newspaper, The Philadelphia Gazette. James, an American colonist, brings the rebels' point of view to life while Sarah, a young Englishwoman stranded by fate in America, gives us the British viewpoint in her letters to her mother back in London. Meanwhile, in Paris, Ben Franklin creates strong diplomatic bonds with France, America's first and staunchest ally. Caught on opposite sides of the hostilities, Ben's teenage reporters confront the real, physical dangers of the conflict, forced to choose between their friendship and their countries, their understanding of good and evil, and the moral dilemmas of war. All the while trying to look after mischievous Henri, an immigrant French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble, as they bear witness to the high points of the American revolution.

Starring:
Vincent Lee Alston, Jill Anderson
Original air date:
April 3, 2003

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Season 1

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1. The Boston Tea Party (Pilot, Part One)

Colonists in Boston rebel against "taxation without representation" by throwing a fortune in tea into the harbor (12/16/73).

CC TV-Y7 September 2, 2002 23 minutes
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2. Intolerable Acts (Pilot, Part Two)

In response to the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passes the "Intolerable Acts," including "quartering."

CC TV-Y7 September 3, 2002 23 minutes
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3. United We Stand

At the First Continental Congress, representatives of each colony meet as a group for the first time.

CC TV-Y7 September 4, 2002 23 minutes
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4. Liberty Or Death

Patrick Henry, the greatest speaker of his day, stirs the South to the cause of freedom with his famous "Give me Liberty or give me death!" speech (3/23/75).

CC TV-Y7 September 5, 2002 23 minutes
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5. The Midnight Ride

Paul Revere and William Dawes spread the word that the "British are coming!" on the eve of "the shot heard 'round the world."

CC TV-Y7 September 6, 2002 23 minutes
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6. The Shot Heard 'Round The World

The Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

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7. Green Mountain Boys

Trouble erupts in the New Hampshire Grants when settlers are forced from their homes (1770-1775).

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8. The Second Continental Congress

The colonies decide they need a national army.

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9. Bunker Hill

The first major battle of the war.

CC TV-Y7 September 12, 2002 23 minutes
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10. Postmaster General Franklin

Ben Franklin is named the first Postmaster General of the colonies (7/26/75).

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11. Washington Takes Command

George Washington arrives in Boston to take command of the army (7/3/75).

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12. Common Sense

Thomas Paine publishes his famous pamphlet.

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13. The First Fourth Of July

As Hessians arrive off the coast of Staten Island (7/4/76), John Adams finally convinces Congress that independence is the only answer to the colonies' problems.

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14. New York, New York

At the Battle of Long Island, Washington fights the British in open field battles -- with catastrophic results (8/27-29/76).

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15. The Turtle

The first attempt to sink a ship with a submarine fails (9/6/76).

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16. One Life To Lose

A failed peace conference between the British Admiral Howe and John Adams and Ben Franklin convinces the American leaders that the British have no interest in making peace (9/11/76).

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17. Captain Molly

Ben Franklin, appointed to a commission to negotiate a treaty with the French, sails for France aboard the Reprisal (10/24/76).

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18. American Crisis

The low point of the war for the Americans.

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19. Across The Delaware

Washington re-crosses the Delaware River on Christmas Day.

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20. An American In Paris

Ben Franklin sets up residence in Paris and begins his uphill battle to enlist France in the American cause (12/28/76).

CC TV-Y7 September 27, 2002 23 minutes
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21. Sybil Ludington

Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington makes her own "midnight ride" in Westchester County, New York (4/26/77).

CC TV-Y7 September 30, 2002 23 minutes
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22. Lafayette Arrives

The 19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette arrives after an eventful journey from France and offers his services to Congress (7/27/77).

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23. The Hessians Are Coming

General Horatio Gates defeats Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga (10/17/77).

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24. Valley Forge

James, Sarah and Henri are there as George Washington and his Continental Army endure a horrible winter at Valley Forge.

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25. Allies At Last

News of the American victory at Saratoga helps pave the way for Ben Franklin to negotiate a treaty with France.

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26. Honor And Compromise

The States struggle to unite politically before the arrival of the French Ambassador (5/9/78-7/8/78).

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27. The New Frontier

In the Ohio territory, Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and his people are caught between the Americans and the British, with tragic results (11/77).

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28. Not Yet Begun To Fight!

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).

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29. The Great Galvez

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.

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30. In Praise Of Ben

Sarah returns to Philadelphia and is reunited with Moses, James and Henri.

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31. Bostonians

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).

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32. Benedict Arnold

James, Sarah and Henri are there when Arnold tries to hand West Point over to British (9/21/80).

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33. Conflict In The South

General Nathanael Greene replaces Horatio Gates as the American commander in the south (10/16/80).

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34. Deborah Samson: Soldier Of The Revolution

Deborah Samson masquerades as a man so she can enlist in the Continental army (5/20/1782-10/23/83).

CC TV-Y7 January 21, 2003 23 minutes
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35. James Armistead

Virginia slave James Armistead joins Lafayette and spies on Benedict Arnold (3/81).

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36. Yorktown

The climatic battle of the war.

CC TV-Y7 January 23, 2003 23 minutes
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37. Born Free And Equal

Massachusetts slave "Mum Bett" sues for her freedom (5/28/1781).

CC TV-Y7 March 31, 2003 23 minutes
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38. The Man Who Wouldn't Be King

Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War (11/30/83).

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39. Going Home

With the signing of the Treaty of Paris, loyalists are forced to leave their homes.

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40. We The People

America's leaders meet at a convention in Philadelphia and decide to write a radical new Constitution.

CC TV-Y7 April 3, 2003 23 minutes
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As a Homeschooling mom this is been a dream come true. It provides the informations in a fun fact filled way that kids really understand what our founding fathers and our people went through to become the United States of America.
I would recommend it for kids ages 4-101! I love watching it too.
To get the complete series in one set is great because watching the individual episodes online at KEWL cartoons is hard because they only offer 5 at a time and generally out of order.
We own a few of the DVD's which were hard to find and we watch them over and over. So, I'm really thrilled to get the complete set all at once and I'll use it in my lesson plans for our Homeschool co-op too.
I know no one who buys this will be disapointed except if your a History Major or professor and you'd only be disapointed that it didn't last longer into the Civil War and the War of 1812.
Maybe they'll carry on at a later date.
My 2 cents thanks for the read.
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See? What did I tell ya? Patience is a virtue, and I'm absolutely willing to wait for October to get the ENTIRE series of Liberty's Kids for the far-more reasonable price of forty-four bucks!

As I've mentioned in the Teacher's Edition, this is the far better deal out there (seriously, what teacher can pay 500+ dollars for ONE show? Is PBS really that unaware of most teachers' ridiculously low salaries? I don't know . . . maybe they expect "the school" to buy it for their library or something -- but which school would pay that much cash for a six-disc DVD set?)

So . . . on with my review of the series:

I've loved this show since I first saw it back in early 2003. During AP US History, this show actually helped incite curiosity and understanding for the complex period that is the American Revolution. It's also the series that made me curious into looking into American History deeper, and reading up on the finer details of America's birth.

The timeline, which features events from the Boston Massacre to the ratification for the US Constitution, is actually quite accurate -- they merely paint into the story the fictional characters of James (the teenage American-patriot), Sarah (the unsure British-loyalist), and Henri (the younger French-sidekick) alongside the historical Founding Fathers.

First airing on PBS, the 40 half-hour episodes are actually quite close to being a half-hour long each (with no commercials originally intended, we get to enjoy more story, as well as fun trivia breaks in between the main story, hosted by James, Sarah, Henri, and even Dr. Franklin).
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I ordered this based off of the "editorial review"... We love Liberty's Kids and are excited to watch the DVDs. HOWEVER, the "Editorial Review" mentions this:
"Also included are Benjamin Franklin's Newsbytes, Continental Cartoons, Now and Then, Mystery Guest Game, original pencil tests, a 40-page booklet with a historical timeline, and a pullout poster with a United States map."
It did NOT come with anything but 4 DVD's stacked on top of each other. I made a claim with Amazon & stated that it was missing these things. So they sent me a new one... Exact same thing.... Obviously (now) it's not supposed to come with these.

$10 bucks is a good price for the DVD's - but we homeschool and I was really looking forward to all of the extras so we could use those along with it. Amazon needs to remove that line from the review. It's VERY misleading.
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If you are looking for a great show to help your kids learn about the American Revolution, this is it. It is engaging, entertaining and dramatic, but geared towards a younger audience. If they are younger than 10 (like my kids are), you should probably watch it with them to help them with some of the terminology and to help them understand historical context and the sequence of events. But even with that, my kids still love it, and I am learning details about that period that I didn't know before.

The reason for the three stars is that this particular DVD product is poorly done. There are 4 DVD discs all crammed inside a single DVD disc case. All four discs are stacked on top of each other and jammed onto one DVD slot. Hard to get out and hard to put back. Also, the description from Amazon.com under Editorial Reviews says "Also included are Benjamin Franklin’s Newsbytes, Continental Cartoons, Now and Then, Mystery Guest Game, original pencil tests, a 40-page booklet with a historical timeline, and a pullout poster with a United States map." Total fabrication - none of those are present. There is no insert in the DVD case at all, and the DVDs contain only the episodes WITHOUT the 'commercial' breaks (Newsbytes, Now and Then, etc.). Honestly, I don't really care about the booklet or timeline or map. But I am upset that the other cartoon bits are left out - they made a great break in the action, the defined a lot of words that appear in the episodes, and they provided good historical context for the events. It is the loss of a great part of this teaching tool, especially if you are getting these for younger children.
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