Thomas Paine explains to Ben Franklin, James, Sarah, and Moses his new publication, Common Sense, one of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. Paine explains that, in the pamphlet, he explains the American Revolution in a simple manner for the ordinary person and makes the case for total independence from Britain. Paine states that he hopes to change public opinion about remaining loyal to the King of England.
Peabody and Sherman visit America near the end of the Revolutionary War. They find out that Cornwallis cannot surrender because he lost his sword, so they help him find it. This is a comical take on the events that transpired on October 19, 1781, when British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrendered 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia. Cornwallis' surrender brought the American Revolution to a close.
In a scene that reanimates Paul Revere's midnight ride, Moses Cooper rides through the night to alert the colonists that British forces are approaching Concord. He tells them to summon the militia, and they do so after contemplating their situation.