|Created by||Kevin O'Donnell|
|Developed by||Andy Heyward|
|Written by||Doug McIntyre|
|Directed by||Judy Reilly|
Marsha Goodman Einstein
|Presented by||Walter Cronkite|
|Voices of||Reo Jones|
D. Kevin Williams
|Theme music composer||Matthew Gerrard|
|Opening theme||"Through My Own Eyes" performed by Aaron Carter and Kayla Hinkle|
|Ending theme||"Through My Own Eyes" performed by Aaron Carter and Kayla Hinkle|
Stephen C. Marston
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Executive producers||Andy Heyward|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||DIC Entertainment Corporation|
|Original network||PBS Kids|
|Original release||September 2, 2002 –|
April 4, 2003
Liberty's Kids (stylized on-screen as Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776) is an American animated historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, and originally aired on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002, to April 4, 2003, with reruns airing on most PBS stations until October 8, 2004.
The series was based on an idea by Kevin O'Donnell and developed for television by Kevin O'Donnell, Robby London, Mike Maliani, and Andy Heyward, initially under the name of Poor Richard's Almanac. It received two Daytime Emmy nominations, in 2003 and 2004, both for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Walter Cronkite, playing Benjamin Franklin). Its purpose is to teach its viewers about the origins of the United States. Like the earlier cartoon mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown, Liberty's Kids tells of young people in dramas surrounding the major events in the Revolutionary War days.
The show features celebrity voice talents, such as CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite (as Benjamin Franklin), Sylvester Stallone (as Paul Revere), Ben Stiller (as Thomas Jefferson), Billy Crystal (as John Adams), Annette Bening (as Abigail Adams), Dustin Hoffman (as Benedict Arnold), Michael Douglas (as Patrick Henry), Arnold Schwarzenegger (as Baron von Steuben), Liam Neeson (as John Paul Jones), Whoopi Goldberg (as Deborah Sampson), Charles Shaughnessy (as King George III), Michael York (as Admiral Lord Richard Howe), Ralph Fiennes (as General Lord Charles Cornwallis), and Don Francisco (as Bernardo de Gálvez), who lend credence to characters critical to the forming of a free country, from the Boston Tea Party to the Constitutional Convention.
The episodes run a half-hour, including commercials. During PBS airings, these are replaced by segments that include "The Liberty News Network" or LNN (a newscast delivered by Cronkite summarizing the events of the episode, with each including his trademark sign-off "that's the way it is"), "Mystery Guest" (a guessing game where the kids guess a historical figure, who often is a character in the episode), "Now and Then" (a segment comparing life in the Revolutionary Era and today), and "Continental Cartoons" (a rebus word guessing game). The LNN segments were produced and art directed by designer Mike Bundlie.
Benjamin Franklin and four fictional associates experience the American Revolution. Although the series spans 16 years from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, no main characters appear to age much, except for Dr. Franklin.
- Sarah Phillips (voiced by Reo Jones) is a bright-eyed red-headed teenage girl from England, Sarah travels to the Thirteen Colonies in 1773 at age 15 in search of her father, Major Phillips, who was last heard exploring the region of Ohio; upon her arrival, she is warmly welcomed by and lives as a guest of Benjamin Franklin. Her mother, Lady Phillips, remains in England and is a good friend to Dr. Franklin. However, with the possibility of a war between the American colonists and the English mother country, she decides that she will become a reporter for Franklin's newspaper in order to offer a more balanced perspective to the press. Sarah believes firmly in the power of words and equal rights for all, and is not afraid to speak her mind. At the start of the series, she is a firm loyalist, which sparks many arguments between her and James. Later in the series, Sarah has a change of heart, and realizes how much she has come to understand the people of the colonies, and ends up supporting the Revolution. Some men know the way to her heart – good manners; when this happens, James can seem almost jealous. Throughout the series, Sarah and James grow closer. At the end of the series, her mother, Lady Phillips, joins Sarah and her father in the United States and Sarah hopes to explore more of her adopted country. She is the only character to appear in every episode of the series.
- James Hiller (voiced by Chris Lundquist) is a 14 year old (1773) American teenage colonist who works as an apprentice journalist for Franklin's newspaper. James holds a great deal of respect and admiration for Dr. Franklin and his works, particularly his invention of the lightning rod, as when he was an infant, both his parents died in a fire caused by a lightning strike. Street-smart and impulsive, James pursues the revolution from a slightly one-sided perspective – something that prompts Sarah to counter his views. An apprentice in Franklin's Print Shop, James believes firmly in the American cause and will do almost anything to ensure that the people receive an honest view of what is happening. In the process, he also faces the less positive aspects of the political conflict, which eventually forces his patriotic fervor into a new maturity. He highly values his friends, Sarah and Henri. He can be a little protective of Sarah while he attempts to keep Henri out of trouble, acting somewhat like an older brother figure to Henri. He is very laid-back and is constantly reminded of his bad etiquette and poor table manners by Sarah. At the end of the series, James intends to start his own newspaper, following in the steps of his mentor.
- Henri Richard Maurice Dutoit LeFevbre (voiced by Kathleen Barr) is an energetic, rambunctious 8 year old French boy (1773), Henri shares a similar tragic story as James. Several years earlier, when he was six years old and still living in France, his parents made an agreement with a merchant for seven years of labor in exchange for passage to North America. However, three weeks later, during the voyage an illness broke out aboard the ship, killing half of those on board, including both Henri's parents. The merchant decided to make Henri his cabin boy and treated him very cruelly, until James and Moses discovered him locked in a cage while collecting a new printer from the merchant. Together they smuggled Henri off the ship and the boy found a home in Benjamin Franklin's workshop. While he speaks French fluently, Dr. Franklin has insisted that Henri learn to speak, read, and write in both English and French. Henri's small size has proved more than useful to Sarah and James, though he has a tendency to land himself in all sorts of trouble while not fully understanding the dangers of the war. His lookout on life is that of a "huge party for his benefit" and he has been labeled a "magnet for trouble". In later episodes, he serves on the drum and bugle corps of the Continental Army. Curious and fearless, the only thing Henri values more than his freedom is finding a family of his own. At the end of the series he returns to France with Marquis de Lafayette, whom he had become close to during the series almost as a son. It is implied that Lafayette adopts Henri as his foster-son.
- Moses (voiced by D. Kevin Williams) was born in Africa, Moses was brought in chains to North America as a slave and sold on the block in Charleston, South Carolina. Because of his ingenuity, Moses learned to read, forge metal, and buy his freedom from his master, thus freeing himself from the slavery of the American south. To keep from being confused for a runaway slave, Moses is required to carry papers proving that he is a free man. He eventually moved to Philadelphia and found work at Dr. Franklin's Print Shop. His brother, Cato, had not been so fortunate but later escaped, joining the British troops as a soldier to earn his freedom. Cato appears again at the end of the series when he does not tell on an African American Patriot spy, James Armistead, whose spying was crucial to the American victory at Yorktown, which ends the war for American independence. Moses looks out for Dr. Franklin's young wards, especially Henri. Like Henri, he values his freedom more than anything. Iron-willed Moses will never allow anyone to strip him of his dignity, despite his or her feelings on race. By working at the Print Shop, Moses hopes to educate children of all colors in the ideals of America so that everyone may one day be free. At the end of the series, Moses reveals a plan to set up a school for free black children, both boys and girls, but only to Dr. Franklin and Marquis de Lafayette. Cato goes to Canada with Mrs. Radcliffe, a British loyalist and friend of Sarah and her mother.
Historical characters depicted
- George Washington (voiced by Cork Ramer)
- Major General William Alexander
- Colonel Ethan Allen
- Brigadier General George Rogers Clark (voiced by Norman Schwarzkopf)
- Major General Thomas Conway
- Margaret "Molly" Corbin
- Major General Horatio Gates
- Major General Nathanael Greene (voiced by John Michael Lee)
- Nathan Hale
- Alexander Hamilton (voiced by Andrew Rannells)
- Charles Lee
- Colonel John Jameson – appears in "Benedict Arnold"
- John Paul Jones (voiced by Liam Neeson)
- Tadeusz Kościuszko – a Pole in Continental Army
- Colonel James Livingston
- Colonel John Laurens
- Captain John Parker
- John Paulding – appears in "Benedict Arnold"
- Joseph Plumb Martin (voiced by Aaron Carter)
- Israel Putnam – he appeared in the "Bunker Hill" and "The Turtle" episodes.
- Colonel Joseph Reed
- Deborah Samson aka Robert Shurtleff (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg)
- John Sullivan
- Benjamin Tallmadge – appears in "Benedict Arnold"
- Isaac Van Wart – appears in "Benedict Arnold", no lines
- Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger) – a Prussian officer in the Continental army.
- David Williams – appears in "Benedict Arnold", no lines
- Anthony Wayne
- Udeny Wolf-Hutchinson (voiced by Carl Beck)
- Dr. Joseph Warren
- Samuel Prescott
- John André
- John Burgoyne
- Guy Carleton
- Henry Clinton
- General Lord Charles Cornwallis (voiced by Ralph Fiennes)
- Admiral Lord Richard Howe (voiced by Michael York)
- General William Howe
- Richard Pearson
- Johann Rall – a Hessian officer in British service
French officers and politicians
- Marquis de Lafayette (voiced by Ben Beck)
- Comte de Rochambeau
- Johann de Kalb
- Admiral Comte de Grasse
- Comte de Vergennes
- King Louis XVI of France – appears in "Allies at Last", no lines
Turncoats and spies
- Benedict Arnold (voiced by Dustin Hoffman)
- James Armistead
- Edward Bancroft
- John Honeyman
- Paul Wentworth
American family members
- Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams (voiced by Annette Bening)
- John Quincy Adams, older son of John Adams
- Thomas Adams, younger son of John Adams
- Peggy Shippen, wife of Benedict Arnold (voiced by Maria Shriver)
- John Adams (voiced by Billy Crystal)
- Jonathan L. Austin – appears in "Allies at Last"
- Samuel Adams
- Samuel Chase
- Silas Deane
- Benjamin Franklin (voiced by Walter Cronkite)
- John Hancock
- Patrick Henry (voiced by Michael Douglas)
- John Jay
- Thomas Jefferson (voiced by Ben Stiller)
- Henry Laurens
- Richard Henry Lee
- James Madison (voiced by Warren Buffett)
- Caesar Rodney
- Edward Rutledge
- Luther Martin
- John Dickinson
- Charles Pinckney
- John Witherspoon
- King George III of Great Britain (voiced by Charles Shaughnessy)
- Charles Fox
- Alexander Wedderburn
- Lord North
Other historical figures
- David Bushnell
- Elizabeth Freeman aka Mum Bett (voiced by Yolanda King)
- James Craik – appears in "Lafayette Arrives", no lines
- William Dawes
- Josiah Franklin – appears in "In Praise of Ben", no lines
- James Franklin
- Moses Michael Hays
- Edward Jenner
- Sybil Ludington (voiced by Kayla Hinkle)
- Thomas Paine
- Paul Revere (voiced by Sylvester Stallone)
- Theodore Sedgwick
- Benjamin West
- Phillis Wheatley
The following table contains all 40 episodes of Liberty's Kids, with links to relevant historical articles.
|No.||Title||Dates||Written by||Subjects covered||Mystery guest||Original air date|
|1||"The Boston Tea Party"||1773 December 16||Doug McIntyre||Boston Tea Party||Samuel Adams||September 2, 2002|
|Sarah Phillips arrives in Boston aboard the Dartmouth. Moses, James, and Henri travel from Philadelphia to Boston to welcome Sarah but encounter a group of men dressed as Mohawks led by Sam Adams. He leads his gang of disguised patriots aboard the Dartmouth to dump crates of tea into the harbor. When British soldiers arrive, Moses takes Sarah, James, and Henri to meet Phillis Wheatley, who provides them with shelter for the night.|
|2||"The Intolerable Acts"||1774 March||Doug McIntyre||Intolerable Acts||Phillis Wheatley||September 3, 2002|
|In London, Weddebrun brings Dr. Ben Franklin to trial over his supposed involvement in the Boston Tea Party. Meanwhile, James, Sarah, Henri and Moses are stuck in Boston at the home of Phillis Wheatley as British troops arrive in large numbers and place the city under curfew. As the soldiers begin quartering in the homes of Bostonians, James and Henri hang posters all over town denouncing the Intolerable Acts.|
|3||"United We Stand"||1774 September||Larry B. Williams||First Continental Congress||Abigail Adams||September 4, 2002|
|Back in Philadelphia, John and Sam Adams visit The Pennsylvania Gazette where James clashes with John Adams over his defense of the soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. John Adams tells James he must learn the difference between patriots and mob rule. Later, while covering the First Continental Congress, James witnesses a mob tar and feather a British sailor. Sarah travels to Boston with supplies for the resistance movement and meets Abigail Adams.|
|4||"Liberty or Death"||1775 March||Doug McIntyre||Give me Liberty, or give me Death!||Patrick Henry||September 5, 2002|
|Having traveled to Virginia to buy a new printing press, Moses spots his brother, Cato, about to be sold into slavery and attempts to stop it. Meanwhile, Sarah and James listen to Patrick Henry's speech at St. John's Church in Richmond. Henri, James, and Sarah race to rescue Moses after he is captured for trying to free his brother.|
|5||"Midnight Ride"||1775 April||Cliff MacGillivray and Kelly Ward||Midnight Ride of Paul Revere||Paul Revere||September 6, 2002|
|James and Sarah travel to Boston with a message from The Mechanics, a colonial intelligence network. They successfully meet with Dr. Joseph Warren, and join Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride. After helping John Hancock and Sam Adams escape the British, James and Sarah stay up all night writing their story for the newspaper.|
|6||"The Shot Heard Round the World"||1775 April 19||Cliff MacGillivray and Kelly Ward||Battles of Lexington and Concord||John Parker||September 9, 2002|
|James and Sarah witness the Battles of Lexington and Concord from opposing sides, with James reporting under Captain John Parker and Sarah awaiting safely at the British camp. At North Bridge, a skirmish between British troops and American militiamen leaves many dead, including Sarah's cousin Tom Philips. Dr. Franklin arrives in Philadelphia, where Moses shows him the news stories James and Sarah have written about the brewing war.|
|7||"Green Mountain Boys"||1775 May||Jay Abramowitz||Capture of Fort Ticonderoga||Ethan Allen||September 10, 2002|
|The gang reads a newspaper article from the New Hampshire Grants written by a man named Ethan Allen. James, Sarah, and Henri travel to the Grants but are kidnapped by Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in Vermont. They watch the militia forcibly drive away a portly landowner, then stow away with Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold during the mission to capture Fort Ticonderoga.|
|8||"The Second Continental Congress"||1775 May||Larry B. Williams||Second Continental Congress||John Hancock||September 11, 2002|
|A British spy named Paul Wentworth poses as a newspaper owner in order to convince James and Henri to divulge details from the closed sessions of the Second Continental Congress. Meanwhile, Dr. Franklin assigns Sarah and Moses to attend to the needs of Colonel George Washington, and witness his selection as General of the Continental Army.|
|9||"Bunker Hill"||1775 June 17||Jim Fischer, Jim Staahl, and Robby London||Battle of Bunker Hill||Joseph Warren||September 12, 2002|
|James witnesses the Battle of Bunker Hill from the American camp, while Sarah searches the British camp looking for Lieutenant Hampton, a British soldier who served under her father, Major Samuel Phillips. In the aftermath of the battle, Sarah learns that Lt. Hampton perished on the front lines. Dr. Joseph Warren is also killed in action, much to James's grief.|
|10||"Postmaster General Franklin"||1775 July||Bill Dial||Benjamin Franklin||John Adams||September 13, 2002|
|Sarah receives a letter from her mother in London, stating she has not received any letters from Sarah or Sarah's father in the Ohio wilderness. The gang uncovers a plot by the Royal Mail Service to intercept and confiscate letters from the colonies. James and Sarah attempt to deliver a batch of mail between Philadelphia and New York, meeting with a committee of correspondence along the way. Meanwhile, Dr. Franklin is appointed Postmaster General by the Second Continental Congress.|
|11||"Washington Takes Command"||1775 July||Jim McGrath||George Washington|
Siege of Boston
|George Washington||September 16, 2002|
|James, Sarah, and Henri spend 6 months with George Washington and his army outside Boston. During winter, James joins Colonel Henry Knox on his sojourn to Fort Ticonderoga to retrieve the heavy artillery confiscated from the British. General Washington uses the supplies and takes command of the army, lifting the British occupation of Boston.|
|12||"Common Sense"||1776 January||Elaine Zicree and Marc Zicree||Common Sense||Thomas Paine||September 17, 2002|
|Dr. Franklin's old protégé Thomas Paine comes by the print shop to ask them to anonymously print his pamphlet Common Sense, which makes the case for breaking away from Britain. James and Henri are inspired, but Sarah is repulsed by the notion of rebellion and refuses to read its contents. The whole city of Philadelphia soon reads the pamphlet, sparking widespread support and popularity for the American rebellion.|
|13||"The First Fourth of July"||1776 July||Brooks Wachtel||Declaration of Independence||Thomas Jefferson||September 18, 2002|
|James attempts to find out more about the debate over the Declaration; he rounds up delegates from New Jersey and Delaware. Meanwhile, Sarah goes through Thomas Jefferson's trash.|
|14||"New York, New York"||1776 July||Jim McGrath||New York and New Jersey campaign|
Battle of Long Island
|Lord Stirling||September 19, 2002|
|Sarah visits Mrs. Radcliffe, a New York Loyalist. Meanwhile, James witnesses the loss of New York City to the British and Henri pretends to be an American spy.|
|15||"The Turtle"||1776 September||Bill Dial||Turtle|
Attack on Eagle
|David Bushnell||September 20, 2002|
|James, Sarah, and Henri travel to New York, where they encounter Admiral Lord Richard Howe's siege on New York Harbor. Hearing rumors of a sea monster within the harbor, the group stumbles across David Bushnell and his prototype submarine nicknamed "The Turtle". James and Henri assist in Bushnell's mission to detonate a bomb underneath HMS Eagle while Sarah tries to save the life of Sergeant Lee.|
|16||"One Life to Lose"||1776 September||Jay Abramowitz||Nathan Hale||Nathan Hale||September 23, 2002|
|The kids discover that Nathan Hale is a spy and witness his execution. Meanwhile, James is almost impressed into the British Navy and Franklin attends the Staten Island Peace Conference.|
|17||"Captain Molly"||1776 November||Cliff MacGillivray and Kelly Ward||Molly Corbin|
Battle of Fort Washington
|Margaret Corbin||September 24, 2002|
|Sarah encamps with Margaret Corbin at Fort Tryon, while James witnesses the loss of Forts Tryon and Washington to the British.|
|18||"American Crisis"||1776 December||Elaine Zicree and Marc Zicree||The American Crisis||Robert Bell||September 25, 2002|
|James and Sarah witness the terrible conditions of the Continental Army after defeats in New York and New Jersey and return to Philadelphia to help Thomas Paine publish The American Crisis.|
|19||"Across the Delaware"||1776 December||Jim McGrath||George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River|
Battle of Trenton
Battle of Princeton
|John Honeyman||September 26, 2002|
|James learns of a plan to attack the British before enlistments run out, then crosses the Delaware with Washington before the Battle of Trenton.|
|20||"An American in Paris"||1776 December||Bruce Franklin Singer||Benjamin Franklin in France|
|Silas Deane; Alexander Hamilton||September 27, 2002|
|Franklin, now ambassador to France, works tirelessly to get military aid from the French foreign minister Vergennes. Meanwhile, James meets up with Capt. Alexander Hamilton on the way to Washington's winter encampment at Morristown, New Jersey, and Sarah contracts smallpox in Boston, recovering with the assistance of Abigail Adams in what is today Quincy, Massachusetts.|
|21||"Sybil Ludington"||1777 April||Jay Abramowitz||Sybil Ludington|
Battle of Ridgefield
|Sybil Ludington||September 30, 2002|
|James goes to Connecticut to learn of Colonel Henry Ludington and instead learns of the exploits of the "female Paul Revere". Meanwhile, Sarah is again with Benedict Arnold and both witness the destruction of Danbury by the British.|
|22||"Lafayette Arrives"||1777 September||Michael A. Medlock||Marquis de Lafayette|
Battle of Brandywine
|Baron de Kalb||October 1, 2002|
|Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia and meets the kids before offering his services to the Continental Congress. He is later wounded at the Battle of Brandywine.|
|23||"The Hessians are Coming"||1777 June||Jim Fisher and Jim Staahl||Battles of Saratoga||Philip Schuyler||October 2, 2002|
|Both James and Sarah witness the Battle of Saratoga, Sarah from her coverage of Benedict Arnold and James from the vantage point of being tied to a Hessian deserter.|
|24||"Valley Forge"||1778 February||Marc and|
|Baron von Steuben||October 3, 2002|
|James and Sarah see the hardship that Joseph Plumb Martin and other foot soldiers endure during the war. Washington faces a possible mutiny, while von Steuben drills Washington's troops.|
|25||"Allies at Last"||1778 February||Bruce Franklin Singer||Treaty of Alliance|
Declaration of Loyalty
|Jonathan L. Austin; Moses Michael Hays||October 4, 2002|
|In Passy, Franklin is able to negotiate a treaty of alliance and an audience with King Louis XVI. Meanwhile, James and Moses travel to Newport, Rhode Island and meet with Jewish merchant Moses Michael Hays while Sarah and Henri remain in occupied Philadelphia...and they hate it.|
|26||"Honor and Compromise"||1778 June||Cliff MacGillivray|
|Articles of Confederation|
Battle of Monmouth
|Henry Laurens; Abraham Nimham||November 4, 2002|
|The Continental Congress in York is divided among factions led by Richard Henry Lee and Samuel Chase. Meanwhile, Washington has to deal with opposition from General Charles Lee with regard to his battle strategy.|
|27||"The New Frontier"||1779 October||Jay Abramowitz||Cornstalk|
Fort Wilson riot
|Cornstalk||November 5, 2002|
|In Philadelphia, James encounters mob violence against James Wilson. Meanwhile, Sarah is on the Ohio frontier, where she encounters her father and Shawnee chief Cornstalk.|
|28||"Not Yet Begun to Fight"||1779 September||Brooks Wachtel||Battle of Flamborough Head||John Paul Jones||November 6, 2002|
|Shipwrecked on her way back to England, Sarah is rescued by the USS Bonhomme Richard and in the midst of battle, John Paul Jones helps her see that her true loyalty lies with America.|
|29||"The Great Galvez"||1780 March||Paul Diamond||Bernardo de Gálvez|
Siege of Fort Vincennes
Battle of Fort Charlotte
|Bernardo de Galvez; Charles Fox||November 7, 2002|
|James is on the frontier, where he meets George Rogers Clark and Bernando de Galvez, the latter at the Battle of Fort Charlotte. Meanwhile, Sarah is in England, but it no longer feels like home.|
|30||"In Praise of Ben"||Various||Phil Harnage||Benjamin Franklin||Benjamin Franklin||November 8, 2002|
|When Sarah returns from England, she finds Henri fighting with a young boy. Henri explains that he has done this because the boy was saying bad things about Ben Franklin. The boy says he only said this because that is what his father said. Sarah, Moses and James explain to the boy and his father about Ben Franklin's life and inventions.|
|31||"Bostonians"||1780 June||Bruce Franklin Singer||Adams Family|
Cherry Valley massacre
|Joseph Brant||January 19, 2003|
|Sarah again visits the Adams family, when John is drafting the Massachusetts Constitution and preparing for a diplomatic mission to Europe. Meanwhile, James learns the horrors of the war for Native Americans from Iroquois chief Joseph Brant.|
|32||"Benedict Arnold"||1780 July||Jim Fisher|
|Benedict Arnold||Benedict Arnold||January 20, 2003|
|James is interviewing skinners when they capture British spy Andre, who is carrying blueprints of West Point. Finding out where he got them, James must later comfort Sarah when her friend, General Arnold, is unmasked as a traitor.|
|33||"Conflict in the South"||1781 January||Jim Fisher|
|Raid on Richmond|
Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War
|Nathanael Greene||January 21, 2003|
|James tags along with General Nathanael Greene on his campaign in the South. Meanwhile, Sarah is horrified when she finds out that Thomas Jefferson owns slaves. Thomas Jefferson admits that he does not like the fact.|
|34||"Deborah Samson: Soldier of the Revolution"||1781 July||Cliff MacGillivray|
Battle of Rhode Island
|Deborah Sampson; John Laurens||January 22, 2003|
|Sarah meets Deborah Samson, a female soldier who enlisted under the identity Robert Shurtleff. Meanwhile, General Washington attempts to organize an offensive with General Rochambeau from their base in Rhode Island and Vergennes attempts to organize a peace conference with the British.|
|35||"James Armistead"||1781 September||Jay Abramowitz||James Armistead||James Armistead||January 23, 2003|
|Encamped with Lafayette's army in Virginia, Henri enlists as a drummer boy and Sarah meets slave and double agent James Armistead. Meanwhile, General Washington prepares for a major offensive against the British.|
|36||"Yorktown"||1781 October||Jay Abramowitz||Siege of Yorktown||Charles Cornwallis||March 31, 2003|
|James and Sarah witness the epic battle of Yorktown. Meanwhile, Moses' brother may not get the freedom he was promised, since the British lost.|
|37||"Born Free and Equal"||1781 August||Bruce Franklin Singer||Mum Bett||Elizabeth Freeman||April 1, 2003|
|Sarah travels to the Berkshires and learns of Mum Bett, a slave who sues for her freedom and wins with help from attorney Theodore Sedgwick. Meanwhile, King George III is unwilling to admit that England has lost the war.|
|38||"The Man Who Wouldn't Be King"||1783 March, December||Jay Abramowitz||Newburgh Conspiracy|
George Washington's resignation as commander-in-chief
|Benjamin West||April 2, 2003|
|When interviewing Washington, James learns that officers in the Continental Army want to overthrow the government and install Washington as monarch, something Washington finds abhorrent. The episode ends with Washington going to Annapolis and resigning his commission on December 23, 1783.|
|39||"Going Home"||1786 August||Jay Abramowitz||Shays' Rebellion||Daniel Shays||April 3, 2003|
|James visits Daniel Shays, who is upset about the conditions Revolutionary War veterans are facing and leads a rebellion to shut the government down. In New York, Sarah again visits her Loyalist friend Mrs. Radcliffe, who ends up moving to Canada with Moses' brother Cato. Meanwhile, James considers buying a newspaper, Henri decides to go to France with Lafayette and Franklin returns to America with Lady Phillips.|
|40||"We the People"||1787 May||Bruce Franklin Singer||Constitutional Convention||James Madison||April 4, 2003|
|James and Sarah attempt to find out what is going on at the Constitutional Convention, and Moses is upset that the United States Constitution does not abolish slavery. Benjamin Franklin predicts that it will take another war to end slavery. Meanwhile, Moses opens a school for African American children. The final scene takes place two years later with the first inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States.|
The show was originally broadcast by PBS on its PBS Kids block from September 2, 2002, to April 4, 2003, with reruns airing on most PBS stations until October 10, 2004, to make room for PBS Kids GO!
Beginning in September 2004, DIC began to syndicate the series onto their DIC Kids Network block, so that those respective stations that broadcast the block, could fulfill FCC educational and informational requirements.
In 2005, it ran on Spacetoon.
In 2008, it ran on History.
In 2017, it played on Starz Kids & Family, and, until August 2019, regularly aired on Starz Encore Family. Until July 4, 2021, the series only aired as a series-long marathon on Independence Day on Starz Encore Family.
Home media releases
PBS Home Video released a VHS/DVD boxset of the series in 2003 for educational purposes. The boxset contained 20 VHS's/DVDs which each contained two episodes each. The boxsets also came with resource guides. PBS also released a 6-DVD boxset of the series.
On April 24, 2004, Ten-Strike Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann, acquired exclusive North American distribution rights to the series. On June 29, 2004, to coincide with Independence Day, the company released three VHS/DVD volumes - The Boston Tea Party: The Movie, Give Me Liberty and The First Fourth of July, each containing three episodes, with the former being made in a feature-length format. The DVD version also came with an assortment of bonus features including a character guide, Historical Biographies and DVD-ROM features which are a printable coloring book and a web link. These releases were made for public use. A pamphlet inside the releases also confirmed that three more DVDs - Heroes and Traitors, American Battles and Daughters of the American Revolution would be released in September 2004, but they were unreleased.
In October 2008, Shout! Factory released Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 6-disc box set contains all 40 episodes of the series as well as several bonus features. This release has been discontinued and is out of print as Shout! Factory no longer has the distribution rights to the series.
In July 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in a 4-disc set. Each disc contains 10 episodes each. Later in February 2017, Mill Creek Entertainment released Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series: Education Edition on DVD in Region 1. The 3-disc set contains all 40 episodes of the series as well as in-depth study guides for all episodes and activity pages.
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