Sons of Liberty – Night Three – The Birth of a Country

Category: Television


History Channel’s three-night event Sons of Liberty culminates in the final acts leading up to the creation of a new nation. The night begins with “the shot heard ‘round the world” in Lexington, Massachusetts and concludes with the drafting and reading of The Declaration of Independence.


Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the other representatives from the 13 colonies gathered in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. In the meantime, the British were fighting the “colonists” in Massachusetts, a fight that would ultimately extend to the rest of the colonies.


The Declaration of Independence set forth the foundation on which the new country would be based. Signed on July 4, 1776, the following men put their signatures to this historic document:


  • John Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Josiah Bartlett
  • Carter Braxton
  • Charles of Carrollton
  • Samuel Chase
  • Abraham Clark
  • George Clymer
  • William Ellery
  • William Floyd
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Elbridge Gerry
  • Button Gwinnett
  • Lyman Hall
  • John Hancock
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • John Hart
  • Joseph Hewes
  • Thomas Heyward Jr.
  • William Hooper
  • Stephen Hopkins
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • Samuel Huntington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee
  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Francis Lewis
  • Philip Livingston
  • Thomas Lynch Jr.
  • Thomas McKean
  • Arthur Middleton
  • Lewis Morris
  • Robert Morris
  • John Morton
  • Thomas Nelson Jr.
  • William Paca
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • John Penn
  • George Read
  • Caesar Rodney
  • George Ross
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Edward Rutledge
  • Roger Sherman
  • James Smith
  • Richard Stockton
  • Thomas Stone
  • George Taylor
  • Matthew Thornton
  • George Walton
  • William Whipple
  • William Williams
  • James Wilson
  • John Witherspoon
  • Oliver Wolcott
  • George Wythe

The Declaration of Independence was the dissolution between the colonies and Britain. “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.”


The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously in favor of this action. History Channel’s event is compelling and worthy of viewing. It might spark imaginations (especially young ones) to research the people and events portrayed in the three nights.


Sons of Liberty concludes January 27, 2015 on History Channel, with the birth of a new nation.


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