History comes alive in this excellent 40-episode, animated series about the experiences of two young teens during the American Revolution. Far more than a simple chronicle of the battles and major events of the American Revolution, Liberty's Kids tells the story of the cultural, scientific, political, and social forces that helped shape America's fight for independence from the perspective of two young teens from very different backgrounds.
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Sarah is a young English woman living in America who maintains a strong sense of loyalty to England and James is a printer's apprentice living the American dream, but feeling the constraints of British oppression. Working together on Benjamin Franklin's newspaper the "Pennsylvania Gazette," Sarah and James often find their interpretations of current events differ markedly and the pair constantly grapples with tough issues like slavery, self-governance, fair representation, and the role of women in battle and politics.
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Watch Five Season One Episodes
- Episode 5 - The Midnight Ride
- Episode 6 - The Shot Heard 'Round The World
- Episode 7 - Green Mountain Boys
- Episode 8 - The Second Continental Congress
- Episode 9 - Bunker Hill
The History Channel Test Marketed
Back in February 2008 fans of Liberty's Kids were pleased to find that the The History Channel was test marketing select episodes of Liberty's Kids in contemplation of creating a new kids history series covering the period of the Civil War.
We asked you to contact the The History Channel, to let them know that this is the kind of programming, we as parents want for our children. So far, no word has come from the History Channel as to the creation of a new series.
I can't tell you how excited I am about the possibilites. My son is a visual learner and we have used previous episodes of Liberty's Kids as a starting point to discuss the American Revolution, it's causes and how life was lived, during that period of our nations history. Imagine how much fun it would be to watch an entertaining program about living during the Civil War era, Pioneer days, and even the Gold Rush era, when the move westward was in full swing.
Contact The History Channel and let them know how much you and/or your children have enjoyed Liberty's Kids and that you are looking forward to more animated historical programming for kids.
Please pass this information along and check back for updates.
How to Contact The History Channel
The History Channel doesn't exactly make contacting them simple so, here are the steps to follow, in order to send your comments about Liberty's Kids.
Visit The History Channel website using their contact form.
Select the following...
- Step 1 - Scroll down to "Programming"
- Step 2 - Select "Program Comments"
- Step 3 - Select "Where do I send comments about a specific show?"
- Click Submit
- A new page will open, select "Contact Us", which will open a pop-up form for you to fill out.
- On the form select "Programming/TV Listings" from the menu and complete the rest of the form.
Note: Be sure to copy your comments. I had to complete the form twice, the first time I received an error.
Liberty's Kids Episodes Include:
- Bunker Hill - James witnesses the Battle of Bunker Hill from the American side, while Sarah interviews one of the British officers, and Henri acts as a messenger.
- Postmaster General Franklin - When the Philadelphia patriots find out that some of their mail isn't being delivered to the right people by the British-controlled postal service, James and Sarah volunteer to carry important letters to New York. Ben Franklin becomes the colonies' Postmaster General on July 26, 1775. Guest star: Billy Crystal (as John Adams.)
- Washington Takes Command - Sarah, James, and Henri accompany George Washington to Boston, where he takes command of the American army and the city's defense. Later, James goes with Henry Knox to Fort Ticonderoga. They bring back cannons that help the rebels drive the British out of Boston.
- Common Sense - James, Sarah and Henri meet Thomas Paine and learn of his belief that the common man can rule himself. The kids also hear Paine's stand favoring full independence from England. James is particularly impressed and realizes that his work on the paper is as important as that of soldiers firing guns.
- The 1st Fourth of July - The 2nd Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia and finally passes a motion calling for the Colonies to be independent from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson drafts the written declaration, while Sarah teaches James about the "power of words".
- New York, New York - Sarah does a report on the loyalists opinion on the revolution in New York. Meanwhile James escapes to Manhattan with the Continental Army. Meanwhile, a soldier from Connecticut, Udney Wolfe-Hutchinson, seems to have a bit of a crush on Sarah.
- The Turtle - The kids think they've spotted a sea monster in New York harbor, but it turns out to be a submersible craft invented by David Bushnell. James talks his way onto the first mission for the new submarine, which fails in its attempt to sink a ship but does do damage that weakens the British blockade of the harbor.
- One Life to Lose - After a conference fails to bring the two sides any closer to peace, American spy Nathan Hale is caught and hanged by the British. Having met Hale earlier, James and Sarah are determined that everyone hear his inspiring last words.
- Captain Molly - With General Washington losing battles, James' confidence wavers. He and Sarah go to Washington's camp to report from the front lines. Sarah is sent to Fort Tryon with the other women and children. There, she befriends Molly, a spunky patriot whose husband was killed fighting the British. Back in Philadelphia, Moses starts teaching Henri how to read.
- American Crisis - Battlefield setbacks, questioning of George Washington's leadership from his own generals, and the flight of Congress from Philadelphia to Baltimore prompt Thomas Paine to write that "These are the times that try men's souls." The kids wonder whether the revolution is about to go down in defeat.
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- Liberty: The American Revolution
- American Revolution Resources
- Revolutionary War
- The American Revolutionary War
- Just Curious: American Revolution
Previous Episodes Included:
- Midnight Ride — Sarah and James travel to Boston to deliver a message to Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren and end up riding with the famous messengers so that they can write about it for the paper.
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- The Shot Heard Round the World — James, reporting on the Minutemen, and Sarah, falling in with the British forces, report from both sides on the "shot heard 'round the world" at Lexington. They each leave the scene fearful of what the future will bring.
- Green Mountain Boys — James heads to the Grants to cover the story of the settlers' struggle; Sarah goes hoping to find a place in the Green Mountains for her family to settle, and Henri wants to find maple syrup. Sarah and James witness the capture of the fort and Sarah befriends Benedict Arnold, whom she instantly respects.
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Liberty's Kids Update
About Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids was a half-hour historical cartoon series set during the American Revolution. The show was a collaborated effort between PBS and DIC animation firm, though neither website now contains any reference to the program that was both promoted by both.
Sarah Phillips and James Hiller were the main characters in Liberty's Kids, who each played their part as apprentices to the famed Benjamin Franklin. Sarah depicted a loyal British subject, who often found herself in a moral dilema. James played a curious, rambunxious all-American boy.
The show really came to life with the roll of Ben Franklin voiced by newscaster Walter Cronkite; Michael Douglas who was heard as Patrick Henry; Sylvester Stallone played the part of Paul Revere; Dustin Hoffman interpreted notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold; and Arnold Schwarzenegger was the voice of Baron Von Steuben.
Liberty's Kids was geared for children aged 7 to 12, though the show had a large following of children of all ages including their parents.
Take a Trip Back In Time With Liberty's Kids
by: Annette M. Hall
I try to regularly go through and check links on the site to make certain that none of "Annette's Favorites" have disappeared and when they do I find I'm often saddened by their loss.
It's funny how we can become so attached to our favorite websites like they are a part of our lives. I felt this way when my favorite search engine, Infind died, it was like losing a dear sweet friend. I'm pretty attached to Google's Search Engine these days, but it was hard to let go of my tried and true..
Another time when I had such an experience was the day I found out that all my links to "Liberty's Kids" were bad. I think I was more upset about it than my son. I enjoyed watching the show each day with my son. Liberty's Kids is an entertaining and an informative cartoon about two teenage journalists in Ben Franklin's print shop who write about and explore the American Revolution. The show was both entertaining and informative.
You can imagine my delight when recently, my husband, Shawn sent me a link to the new Liberty's Kids site. Not only is the program back online but it appears to have all the episodes online for you to watch and the best part is they are available free of charge.
In addition to finding Liberty's Kids episodes you will also find the following on Yahooligans:
- "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" The world's greatest thief is on the loose and it's up to two young detectives to find her!
- "The New Adventures of Madeline" Based on Ludwig Bemelmans' classic books, Madeline follows the adventures of the beloved redheaded schoolgirl.
- "National Geographic Presents" puts you front-row center for some of nature's most spectacular shows. Ever watched as a tiger takes a bath? Watch and be amazed. This award-winning film library explores the wonders of the world.
- "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century" Sherlock Holmes returns to battle Professor Moriarty and fight crime in the 22nd century!
- And many more!
Be sure not to miss the Stingray piece from National Geographic, it was the most incredible thing I've ever seen. National Geographic takes you up-close and personal with a Stingray. The streaming video must be seen to be believed.
Liberty's Kids Returns
Good news! As of this writing the original Liberty's Kids site is back online. While my son really loves being able to watch each episode on Yahooligans, I'm am very happy to have access to all of the wonderful features of the original site again. Now we can watch on two different sites.
I like the "Then and Now" Section, which compares life in the 1700s with our lives today. They are short, easy for kids to understand and will help you explain to the kids why you feel they have it so much better than you did, back in the day...
You simply must have the kids try out the "Liberty Newsmaker" where you can pretend to be a real reporter, getting a juicy news scoop. Here you can write and illustrate your own newspaper just like Sarah and James. You can also print it out and share it with your friends and family! How fun. What grandparent wouldn't love to receive a printed newspaper created by their own grandchild, for Christmas or even their birthday?
I hope you get as much enjoyment from Liberty's Kids as our family does.
Additional items of interest
- Liberty's Kids Episode Guide
- A Multimedia approach to Teaching History
- Diane Flynn Keith's ClickSchooling!
- Virtual Geography - Virtual Vacation
- Capitalism For Kids: Growing Up To Be Your Own Boss
- Common Sense Business for Kids
- Scenic Antarctica - Penguins
Last Updated December 13, 2010