No study of American Patriotismwould be complete without looking at the determination and sacrifice of the Founding Fathers.From the perspective of modern times it is hard to fully appreciate the risks taken by these men who pledged to each other ?our lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.?Cavalcade of America tells the story of Thomas Paine whose pamphlets gave voice to the desire for Liberty. American Portraitsintroduce us to Benjamin Franklin, ?The Doctor at Home?, and the struggles of John Adams, the patriot whose belief in justice was so strong that he had to defend the British soldiers who fired in the Boston Massacre.Cavalcade of America also gives us the? Patriot With Chestnut Curls?, the story of Sally Townsend. The Townsend home was taken as the headquarters of the Queen’s Rangers, commanded by Lt Col John Simcoe. Sally must overcome her resentment at the Redcoats, not only for the safety of her family, but so that she can do her part to further the cause of Liberty. She finds herself in a position where she can overhear the plans made by Simcoe and his visitors. Unfortunately Sally finds herself falling in love with the dashing Lt Col. Where will her loyalties lie?
The CBS Educational Drama, You Are There, takes us to the Philadelphia State House (Independence Hall) on July 4, 1776. The program’s premise was that a modern radio newsroom would be transported through time to historic events. In this episode, reporters interview Adams, Jefferson, and John Dickinson. Dickinson was a dissenting voice against the Declaration of Independence. Dickinson was a Patriot who represented Pennsylvania in the first and Second Continental Congress, but felt that Independence should not be declared until the Articles of Confederation were complete. Dickinson was forced to leave the Congress for not signing the Declaration, but took up arms as a Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania Militia. Midway through the broadcast a dispatch arrives from General George Washington that the British Fleet has arrived in New York in overwhelming numbers, led by General Howe. General Washington exhorts his troops and the nation to stand firm by their cause. The vote proceeds and the Declaration passes. The Declaration begins:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.“
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”