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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.

  • Man: 2 MORE WEEKS, AND MY TERM IS DONE.

  • LET THE WAR GO TO BLAZES.

  • I SHALL PUT MY FEET UP AND KEEP MY HEAD DOWN.

  • Washington, thinking: 18 DAYS TILL ENLISTMENTS RUN OUT

  • AND ALL MY SOLDIERS MARCH HOME.

  • WHAT AM I TO DO?

  • Narrator: THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS.

  • Sarah: "DEAREST MOTHER,

  • "FIRST, THE AMERICANS LOST AT FORT WASHINGTON,

  • "AND THEN AT FORT LEE.

  • "AND NOW GENERAL HOWE'S ARMY IS A MERE 30 MILES FROM PHILADELPHIA.

  • "IT IS A DARK HOUR IN THE COLONIES,

  • "AND MANY HAVE GIVEN UP HOPE.

  • "WITH SUCH CRUSHING DEFEATS,

  • "I WONDER HOW LONG IT WILL BE

  • BEFORE AMERICA LOSES ITS WAR."

  • "MOSES HAS WRITTEN ME THAT THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS

  • "IS FLEEING THE CITY FOR BALTIMORE.

  • IT WOULD SEEM OUR LEADERS INTEND TO RUN

  • AND LEAVE US TO THE ENGLISH.

  • UHH.

  • IT LOOKS LIKE THE REBELS' CONGRESS IS JUST LIKE THEIR ARMY:

  • RETREATING.

  • HUH?

  • I WISH I WAS WITH GENERAL WASHINGTON.

  • I WOULD NEVER RETREAT.

  • Sarah: "DESPITE THEIR SPIRIT AND BRAVERY,

  • "THE PATRIOTS ARE JUST A TINY DAVID

  • BEFORE THE HUGE GOLIATH OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES."

  • EXCUSE ME, MOSES. DID I STARTLE YOU?

  • YOU'RE LEAVING, EZEKIEL?

  • WORD IS OUR ARMY CANNOT KEEP THE BRITISH FROM MARCHING INTO PHILADELPHIA.

  • AND I'M NO HERO.

  • NEITHER AM I.

  • BUT BEN FRANKLIN IS STAYING OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

  • WHAT'S THIS?

  • IT'S FROM MY LITTLE FRENCH FRIEND HENRI.

  • HE GONE TO LA BOTTLE?

  • LET ME SEE.

  • "GOING TO--"

  • OH, THE BATTLE.

  • I GUESS THAT BOY IS EVEN MORE FOOLHARDY THAN YOU.

  • THIS CURSED TOSSING.

  • WE LIVE IN TURBULENT TIMES, HASTINGS.

  • IT'S BEST TO ROLL WITH IT.

  • SPEAKING OF ROLLS...

  • [GAGS]

  • NO, THANK YOU.

  • I HAVE TO TAKE THIS WRETCHED VOYAGE TO FRANCE FOR BUSINESS.

  • BUT WHY YOU, FRANKLIN?

  • YOUR FOOLISH REVOLUTION IS OVER.

  • YOU'LL NEVER GET FRANCE TO JOIN YOUR REBELLION AGAINST THE ENGLISH,

  • AND WHEN YOUR SOLDIER'S ENLISTMENTS ARE UP AT THE END OF THE MONTH,

  • YOU WON'T EVEN HAVE AN ARMY.

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON WILL HAVE MEN.

  • OHH!

  • WASHINGTON WINS NO BATTLES.

  • NO ONE WILL WANT TO SERVE WITH HIM.

  • THE GENERAL KNOWS THE STAKES.

  • BEFORE THE MONTH IS UP,

  • THERE'LL BE A BATTLE HE WILL WIN.

  • AND IF HE DOESN'T?

  • IF HE LOSES AGAIN, WHO WILL JOIN THEN?

  • IF NO ONE ELSE, I SHALL.

  • YOU DON'T LOOK WELL.

  • MORE TURKEY?

  • [GAGS]

  • [SOLDIERS GROANING]

  • 2 MORE WEEKS, AND MY TERM IS DONE.

  • LET THE WAR GO TO BLAZES.

  • I SHALL PUT MY FEET UP AND KEEP MY HEAD DOWN.

  • JAMES. THERE YOUR ARE.

  • IS SOMETHING WRONG?

  • HIM AND THOSE LIKE HIM.

  • THEY'RE COUNTING THE DAYS TILL THEY LEAVE.

  • I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

  • THEY'RE SICK, HALF-FROZEN.

  • SO? THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY.

  • JAMES, BE REASONABLE.

  • THEY'RE NOT PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS LIKE THE BRITISH.

  • I'M GOING TO TALK TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.

  • THERE MUST BE SOMETHING HE CAN DO TO PUT THE FIGHT BACK IN HIS MEN.

  • FIGHT? THEY CAN'T EVEN STAND.

  • [SOLDIERS GROANING AND SHIVERING]

  • UHH!

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON, GOOD MORNING, SIR.

  • I WANTED TO ASK YOU SOMETHING.

  • IF IT'S A STORY YOU'RE LOOKING FOR, MY YOUNG JOURNALIST,

  • YOU'LL HAVE ONE SHORTLY.

  • AS A MATTER OF FACT, YOUR TIME--

  • GENERAL!

  • READ JUST GAVE ME THE NEWS.

  • I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU OFFERED

  • COMMAND OF THE NEW JERSEY FORCES TO GENERAL LEE.

  • HE'S REPEATEDLY DEFIED YOU. HE'S--

  • GENERAL GREENE.

  • PLEASE EXCUSE US.

  • JAMES, DON'T EAVESDROP.

  • YAAH!

  • THIS IS BIG NEWS.

  • DIDN'T YOU HEAR WHAT GREENE SAID?

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON IS GIVING GENERAL LEE

  • COMMAND OF THE FORCES IN NEW JERSEY.

  • SO?

  • SO GENERAL LEE REFUSED

  • TO HELP WASHINGTON WHEN HE NEEDED IT,

  • AND NOW WASHINGTON ALLOWS LEE FREE REIGN IN NEW JERSEY.

  • OH, SO IF LEE WINS A BATTLE,

  • HE'LL BE HAILED AS A HERO

  • AND THE AMERICANS' BEST GENERAL.

  • EXACTLY, BUT WHY WOULD WASHINGTON DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT UNLESS...

  • THAT'S IT!

  • HE'S GOT SOME BIG SURPRISE TO TURN THINGS AROUND.

  • YIKES!

  • AAH!

  • HENRI, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

  • I STOWED AWAY.

  • [SNIFFS] OH, ONIONS!

  • THEY WERE DELICIOUS.

  • HAVE I MISSED THE BATTLE?

  • YOU SAW THE LETTER

  • GENERAL LEE WROTE READ.

  • BY ACCIDENT.

  • LEE WISHES YOU REPLACED BY HIMSELF.

  • SIR, PLEASE.

  • IF YOU LET HIM ACT INDEPENDENTLY IN NEW JERSEY,

  • A VICTORY WOULD PRACTICALLY GUARANTEE

  • THAT YOUR NAME WOULD BE BLACKENED.

  • NATHANAEL, I KNOW ALL THAT,

  • BUT THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS WAR

  • IS NOT SPARING MY REPUTATION.

  • IT IS FREEDOM.

  • WE'VE BEEN ON THE RUN, NATHANAEL.

  • WE NEED A VICTORY AGAINST THE BRITISH.

  • GENERAL LEE IS A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER. I AM NOT.

  • HE IS ENGLISH AND KNOWS THEIR TACTICS.

  • I HAVE ONLY DETERMINATION AND A SMALL QUANTITY OF GOOD SENSE.

  • NO, GENERAL LEE IS OUR LAST BEST HOPE.

  • I KNEW WASHINGTON HAD A REASON.

  • GENERAL WASHINGTON, AN URGENT DISPATCH!

  • [NEIGHING]

  • Nathanael: GENERAL, WHAT IS IT?

  • IT'S LEE. HE'S BEEN CAPTURED.

  • THE BRITISH DEFEATED LEE'S TROOPS?

  • NO, THERE WAS NO BATTLE.

  • IT APPEARS LEE WAS TAKING HIS EASE AT AN INN

  • 6 MILES FROM HIS TROOPS.