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The Boston Tea Party
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date 9/2/2002
Written by Joelle Choucair
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The Boston Tea Party was the first episode of Liberty's Kids.

Premise Edit

James Hiller, Henri LeFevbre, and Moses go to Boston to pick up Sarah Phillips from her ship the Dartmouth. As they arrive, the colonists of Boston attack Sarah's ship. They destroy the tea in the act now known as the Boston Tea Party.

SummaryEdit

Sarah Phillips was writing a letter to her mother below the deck of the Dartmouth while a storm brewed outside. She expressed her anticipation towards staying at Dr. Benjamin Franklin's home in Philadelphia while she awaited her father's return from the wilderness. Sarah ended her letter with the promise to write to her mother daily.

At the Pennsylvania Gazette in Philadelphia, Moses freed James after he carelessly got caught in the printing press. James mentioned his aspirations to not only be a printer, but a journalist. Moses reminded him that he was only an apprentice with much to learn about the trade. Henri ran in with a letter addressed to Moses from Benjamin Franklin in London. The letter explained that Sarah would be arriving at Boston rather than Philadelphia. Moses knew that there had been trouble at the Massachusetts Bay colony, so the three made haste to collect Sarah.

Lady Philips expressed her concerns about her daughter to Benjamin Franklin as they rode through the streets of London. Benjamin reassured her that Sarah would be safe in Philadelphia with James, Moses, and Henri.

Samuel Adams began to agitate the patrons of a bar in Boston with recollections of Parliament's ill treatment of the American colonies. First, the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act increased taxes without the colonists' consent. The Boston Massacre happened soon after, where several men were killed by British soldiers in a riot. Samuel then addressed the recent Tea Tax, which was also passed without the colonists' vote. The bar patrons yell in agreement as James, Henri, and Moses arrived in a horse-drawn wagon. Moses explained to the boys that the wagon's axle must be repaired before they leave with Sarah. At the docks, Sarah overlooks Boston Harbor while angry colonists spotted the Dartmouth.

Samuel Adams rallied the colonists to begin their attack on Boston Harbor. The men rubbed tobacco ashes on their cheeks and tucked feathers in their hair to disguise their appearances.

Moses, James, and Henri hid while the rioters ran past them toward the Dartmouth. James observed that an important event could have been taking place. He suggested that the group should investigate, to which Moses agreed.

The disguised colonists boarded the Dartmouth and began dumping its crates of tea overboard. When James asked why, Adams told him that Parliament raised the Tea Tax against the will of the colonies. The riot was meant to bring the colonists' discontent to Parliament's attention, and hopefully get them to change their ways in the colonists's favor. Henri tossed a handful tea leaves overboard while chanting the rioters' key phrase, "No taxation without representation!"

James then decides to go below deck, but reminds Henri to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, Moses searches for Sarah Philips. When the younger reporter got there, he was greeted with a pillow to the head. "You'll never take me alive!" 

James realizes that he found the Sarah Philips that they were looking for, correcting her that he's no indian and began interviewing her about the riot. While, digging for a quill in his sactel, they two exchange their names.

WritersEdit

Written by:Joelle Choucair

Executive Producers: Andy Heyward, Michael, Miliani, Robby London

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