Colonists rally together to discuss the importance of building their own, American nation to protect their rights from the tyrant that they consider to be the king of England. Some are in support of a war for independence, while others are in opposition. Captain Martin urges them to acknowledge alternatives to war, and they speak to the results of those efforts: they did not work, and the only path to independence is war.
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton dispute whether or not to issue a formal Proclamation of Neutrality. While both cabinet member agrees that the United States should stay neutral and avoid conflict after France declares war on Great Britain, they disagree on whether the United States should officially declare its neutrality status. President George Washington invites John Adams to dinner and discusses the matter with him.