Benjamin Franklin enlists the help of young people to record the happenings leading up to and during the Revolution for his newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette. First, there is a James Hiller, a patriot who tends to act before he thinks and is, at times, too quick a judge in his search for American heroes. Next is Henri, a French orphan who's only quest is for food. Lastly, a young woman named Sarah Phillips joins the team; the daughter of an ex-English general with strong views opposing slavery. Together, they travel the colonies witnessing the sacrifices made for freedom.
Did You Know?
While airing on PBS, episode run-time would be extended with segments between episode acts. These segments included "The Liberty News Network" (hosted by Walter Cronkite
as Benjamin Franklin), "Mystery Guest" (a guessing game hosted by James), "Now and Then" (a series comparing Colonial life to modern life, hosted by Sarah), and "Continental Cartoons" (a rebus guessing game featuring James, Henri and Sarah). See more
From August through September, the characters are in two places at the exact same time. James and Henri are present to witness LaFayette's courage at Brandywine on 11 September 1777, yet are also with General Gates' American army at Saratoga (and James is a prisoner of the British during that Saratoga episode at the same time he's able to witness Brandywine). See more
After this I'm never going to roll again, not even in my sleep.
Through My Own Eyes
Music by Matthew Gerrard
Lyrics by Linda Thompson
Performed by Aaron Carter
and Kayla Hinkle See more