Awesome / Liberty's Kids

  • Whoever decided to hire Walter Cronkite to do Benjamin Franklin and decided to open each episode ([the PBS airings, at least) with something very similar to Cronkite's famous role as anchorman of The CBS Evening News.
  • The "give me liberty or give me death" speech was a Real Life one for Patrick Henry, but the passion with which Michael Douglas plays it makes it one for him as well.
  • In "The Intolerable Acts", Ben Franklin standing up at his own trial in London to thank his prosecutor for one thing: reaffirming his faith to fledgling America. Ben then declares himself an American citizen in front of the British elite.
    • In the same episode, Phyllis Wheatley giving the redcoats a literal poetry slam.
  • The Marquis de Lafayette is a walking CMOA. Not only does he demonstrate bravery and resilience in his first battle, where he organizes the army's retreat despite being wounded in the leg, but he goes on to prove himself a tactical genius and a master of hide-and-seek—most of which isn't portrayed in the series, sadly. At one point, Lafayette's troops were surrounded by the British, who were intent on capturing him, but he managed to escape by creating a diversion and sneaking his troops out via an old Iroquois hunting trail.
  • Lafayette at one point is approached by the opportunistic generals Thomas Conway and Horatio Gates to swear himself loyal to them and to create an inner circle that will usurp control of the Continental Army from Washington, whom Gates viewed as incompetent. The men discuss their plans at a tavern where Sarah and Moses intend to warn him. Before this can happen, Lafayette makes a toast, seemingly pledging loyalty to Gates, only to repeat his loyalty to Washington instead, and storms out with the intent to expose their plot.
    • Serves as Truth in Television as Gates really did try to sabotage Washington with the help of Conway in the incident known as the Conway Cabal, where the generals were eventually exposed after their letters slandering the general were intercepted, forcing them to stand down to avoid prosecution.
  • In "Honor and Compromise", George Washington marches into the Battle of Monmouth just in time to find Major General Charles Lee's troops in retreat, and immediately rips into the pompous officer for jeopardizing the entire engagement. When Lee refuses to back down, insulting Washington and even worse, insulting his troops, Washington immediately ejects him from the field and rallies his men, as James and Henri look on in nothing less than pure amazement.
    • Even better when you realize this really did happen in the real-life engagement; the real-life General Lee's reputation for arrogance certainly earned him everything he had coming to him.
      • Including one of Washington's aides-de-camp, John Laurens, wounding Lee in a duel later that year.
  • John Paul Jones in "I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight" rips into Sarah's viewpoint of the world.
    Sarah: [Reacting to Jones' decision to fight the Royal Navy] But you were born British!
    Jones: I was born a Scot, Ms. Phillips! No British man e'er showed mercy tae me!
  • Let's consider how Sarah was first introduced in the very first episode of the show— calmly writing a letter to her mother in the midst of a ferocious storm at sea, even while the lantern over her head is swinging back and forth dangerously and her inkwell is sliding across the table. Screw the storm, she's got a letter to write.
  • Several of the younger historical characters, including Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, Sybil Ludington and Deborah Samson, are all either prodigies or demonstrate a maturity well beyond their years. Washington even refutes the notion that the 20-year-old Lafayette is a mere boy, given that by that point he had already proven himself to be extremely intelligent and mature for his age.
  • The fact that this show introduced the idea that slavery didn't know race in Revolutionary times, with Henri's backstory involving him ending up enslaved on a ship after the deaths of his parents on the trip to America until Moses and James rescued him.