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  • ♪ I SEE A LAND

  • WITH LIBERTY FOR ALL

  • YET STILL I KNOW

  • THE TRUTH WILL RISE AND FALL

  • OH, YEAH-EE-AH

  • THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT GOES

  • ♪ A WORD NOW TO THE WISE

  • THE WORLD WAS MADE TO CHANGE

  • EACH DAY IS A SURPRISE

  • ♪ I'M LOOKIN' AT LIFE THROUGH MY OWN EYES

  • ♪ I'M SEARCHIN' FOR A HERO TO IDOLIZE

  • FEELIN' THE PAIN AS INNOCENCE DIES

  • ♪ I'M LOOKIN' AT LIFE

  • THROUGH MY OWN EYES

  • ♪ I'LL TAKE MY HEART INTO BATTLE

  • GIVE THAT FREEDOM BELL A RATTLE

  • GET MY INDEPENDENCE SIGNED

  • DECLARE FOR IT ON THE DOTTED LINE

  • LET PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM RING

  • AND PATRIOTIC VOICES SING

  • RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, NEVER GIVE UP

  • YOU REPRESENT AMERICA

  • HOPIN' AND PRAYIN' FOR A BRIGHTER DAY

  • ♪ I LISTEN TO MY HEART, AND I OBEY

  • HOW CAN I SEE IT ANY OTHER WAY? ♪

  • ♪ I'M LOOKIN' AT LIFE

  • ♪ I'M LOOKIN' AT LIFE

  • THROUGH MY OWN EYES

  • CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY DIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  • Narrator: HERE ARE SOME EXCITING SCENES

  • FROM TODAY'S EPISODE OF LIBERTY'S KIDS.

  • George Washington: WE NEED AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION

  • TO FIX THE PEOPLE TO OUR CAUSE.

  • James: THE HESSIANS HAVE ARRIVED!

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON SAID THAT THERE ARE 18,000 TROOPS.

  • John Adams: THE TIME FOR TALK HAS PASSED. IT'S TIME TO ACT!

  • Ben Franklin: WE MUST ALL HANG TOGETHER,

  • OR MOST ASSUREDLY WE SHALL ALL HANG SEPARATELY.

  • Sarah: 6, JUNE, 1776.

  • DEAREST MOTHER, IN THE LAST CONGRESS,

  • SOME OF THE DELEGATES BELIEVED DR. FRANKLIN AND MR. JOHN ADAMS

  • WERE PLOTTING TREASON AGAINST THE KING.

  • HOWEVER, THIS CONGRESS HASN'T A SINGLE DELEGATE

  • STILL LOYAL TO THE CROWN.

  • JAMES AND HENRI HAVE JOURNEYED TO NEW YORK,

  • WHERE JAMES HOPES TO INTERVIEW GENERAL WASHINGTON

  • FOR THE GAZETTE.

  • PROVISIONS ARE EVERY BIT AS LOW AS MORALE,

  • TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION BLUNTLY.

  • PROVISIONS, MORALE LOW.

  • [GRUNTS]

  • NOT SO HARD.

  • OH. SORRY.

  • YOU'RE WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, AREN'T YOU?

  • WE'VE MET BEFORE IN PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON.

  • PERHAPS YOU CAN ANSWER A QUESTION FOR ME.

  • WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON AT THE STATEHOUSE?

  • FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND,

  • LONG, DRAWN-OUT ARGUMENTS.

  • WE NEED AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION

  • TO FIX THE PEOPLE TO OUR CAUSE.

  • THE PUBLICATION OF COMMON SENSE

  • CHANGED MANY MEN'S MINDS IN OUR FAVOR,

  • BUT IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT

  • TO EXPLOIT PUBLIC OPINION.

  • WE NEED A COMPLETE UNITED FRONT.

  • SEE FOR YOURSELF.

  • HERE.

  • James: WHO ARE THEY?

  • Washington: HESSIANS.

  • HESS--WHAT?

  • GERMAN SOLDIERS.

  • THERE'S HUNDREDS OF THEM.

  • AND MORE ON THE WAY.

  • KING GEORGE III HAS MADE A DEAL WITH GERMAN PRINCES

  • TO HIRE 18,000 TROOPS.

  • BUT, GENERAL WASHINGTON, YOU'LL BE OUTNUMBERED.

  • WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • THERE IS VERY LITTLE WE CAN DO

  • AGAINST THE BRITISH AND THE HESSIANS,

  • NOT WITHOUT HELP FROM CONGRESS.

  • BUT WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO?

  • THEY CAN ISSUE A PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

  • THEN THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT MAY BE PERSUADED TO SEND TROOPS

  • TO HELP US FACE THIS ONSLAUGHT.

  • WE'VE GOT TO GET BACK HOME

  • TO TELL DR. FRANKLIN ABOUT THIS.

  • EXCUSE ME, BUT WE NEED OUR HORSE RIGHT AWAY.

  • WHAT'S YOUR HURRY?

  • WE HAVE TO TELL DR. FRANKLIN ABOUT THE HESSIANS.

  • YOU MEAN BEN FRANKLIN?

  • WE HAVE TO TELL DR. FRANKLIN

  • SO THAT CONGRESS CAN GET THE FRENCH TO HELP US.

  • [GASPS]

  • HENRI...

  • WELL, IN THAT CASE, I'LL GET RIGHT ON IT.

  • [WHISTLES]

  • HEY, LET ME GO!

  • WATCH OUT, HENRI! THEY'RE TORIES!

  • GET THE BOY!

  • THEY WANT TO WARN FRANKLIN

  • ABOUT THE NEW TROOPS!

  • UNH.

  • [GASPS]

  • Blacksmith: NEVER MIND HIM.

  • LET'S LOCK THIS ONE IN THE BARN.

  • Henri: HELP!

  • [PANTING]

  • WHAT IS IT, LAD?

  • JAMES. HE'S BEEN TAKEN PRISONER

  • BY THE BLACKSMITH AND SOME MEN.

  • WHO IS JAMES?

  • HE'S MY FRIEND.

  • WE HAVE TO GO TELL DR. FRANKLIN THE HESSIANS ARE HERE

  • SO CONGRESS CAN HELP,

  • AND THESE MEN WANT TO STOP US!

  • TORIES.

  • THEY HAVE HIM IN THERE.

  • [GRUNTING]

  • LET'S FORCE IT OPEN.

  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

  • THAT'S MY STABLE!

  • WE'RE LOOKING FOR A BOY.

  • NOTHING IN THERE BUT HORSES.

  • WHAT DID YOU DO TO HIM?

  • [GRUNTING]

  • WHAT IS THIS LITTLE FELLOW YAMMERING ON ABOUT?

  • YOU CAN'T DO THAT!

  • HE JUST DID.

  • THAT'S PRIVATE PROPERTY.

  • AND THAT'S A HUMAN BEING.

  • JAMES!

  • AND YOU'RE A TORY KIDNAPPER.

  • YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO ME.

  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT I CAN EVER DO TO REPAY YOU.

  • I DO. GET YOUR HORSE AND RIDE LIKE THE WIND

  • TO TELL DR. FRANKLIN THE NEWS.

  • WE NEED SOME HELP FROM CONGRESS.

  • DR. FRANKLIN!

  • DR. FRANKLIN!

  • TORIES GOT JAMES!

  • THE HESSIANS HAVE ARRIVED!

  • THEY WOULDN'T LET HIM OUT!

  • GOOD HEAVENS.

  • THEY TRIED TO STOP US.

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON SAID THAT THERE ARE 18,000 TROOPS.

  • THEY LOCKED JAMES UP IN A BARN.

  • HESSIANS LOCKED YOU IN A BARN?

  • ARE YOU TRYING TO WORRY US TO DEATH?

  • HENRI SAVED MY LIFE.

  • YOU LOOK A FRIGHT!

  • THAT BLACKSMITH WAS A TORY.

  • HE DIDN'T WANT US TO BRING THE NEWS TO DR. FRANKLIN.

  • I SHAN'T LET YOU OUT OF MY SIGHT

  • FOR FEAR OF THE TROUBLE YOU FIND.

  • START OVER, JAMES.

  • WHAT DID THE TORIES NOT WANT YOU TO TELL ME?

  • KING GEORGE HAS SENT 18,000 TROOPS.

  • THE HESSIANS.

  • WE SAW THEM ARRIVE.

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON WANTS CONGRESS TO--

  • YES, I KNOW. A RESOLUTION ON INDEPENDENCE.

  • WE MUST TRY HARDER TO GET CONGRESS MOVING,

  • OR WE'LL BE FINDING HESSIANS IN OUR BEDS.

  • THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES RICHARD HENRY LEE OF VIRGINIA.

  • MR. PRESIDENT,

  • I WOULD OFFER 3 RESOLUTIONS--

  • THAT THE COLONIES ARE IN FACT FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES

  • ABSOLVED OF ALL ALLEGIANCE TO GREAT BRITAIN,

  • THAT THE INDEPENDENT STATES SEEK TO FORM FOREIGN ALLIANCES,

  • AND THAT THE INDEPENDENT STATES

  • ESTABLISH A PLAN OF CONFEDERATION.

  • I SECOND ALL 3 RESOLVES.

  • [ANGRY ARGUING]

  • ORDER IN THE CHAMBERS!

  • ORDER!

  • HE'S DONE IT. LEE OF VIRGINIA.

  • WHAT A HEADLINE THAT'S GOING TO MAKE.

  • WHAT AN ACT OF TREASON AGAINST THE KING!