The American Revelation, Part 1

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#508: “The American Revelation, Part 1”
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John 15:13
13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
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The Benefit of the Doubt
The American Revelation, Part 1
“The American Revelation, Part 1” is episode #508 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by John Fornof, and originally aired on February 15, 2003.


Whit puts the finishing touches on his new and improved Imagination Station and sends Marvin Washington off on an adventure set during the American Revolution.



When Marvin Washington wonders if there were any black men involved in the Revolutionary War, so Whit uses the new and improved Imagination Station to send him back to an adventure in 1775.

The war hasn’t even started yet as Marvin meets William Diamond, a drummer. William teaches Marvin some cadences on the drum as the two of them await the arrival of the British troops.

When the troops finally arrive, Marvin hides in a barrel and is shocked when the troops fire on the Americans and a number are killed. Marvin is transported three months ahead to a time when William and a black man named Caesar Bason are heading toward a secret mission at Bunker Hill. Marvin tells Caesar that he thought the American Revolution was a white man’s thing, but Caesar replies that he has as much responsibility for fight for his country as any man.

The next day, William, Marvin, and Caesar arrive at Bunker Hill and meet Captain Smith. All of them begin to build a fort out of dirt. As they begin to dig, William goes into town to get food and leaves his drum with Marvin. Caesar tells Marvin that a battle may be about to begin. The story continues in part II...

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why wasn’t Marvin interested in hearing about the Revolutionary War?
    • How did his perspective change at the end of the show?
  2. Read John 15:13. Aside from soldiers, can you think of anyone else who has to lay down their life today?
  3. Colonel Prescott prayed that the soldiers would never "depend on the arm of flesh," but only upon God. What does this mean?


Role Voice Actor
Marvin Washington Jordan Calloway
William Diamond Theo Greenly
Caesar Bason Corey Williams
Captain Jonas Parker Chuck Bolte
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Major John Pitcairn Pete Reneday
Captain Smith Unknown
British Lieutenant Christopher Snell


  • PARENTAL WARNING: Due to the intensity of several scenes in this show, it isn't recommended for younger children. Recommended maturity level: Ages 8 and up.
  • Starting with this episode, John Beebee started to use the credit "John Fornof."
  • In this episode, Whit states that the new Imagination Station can hold as many as ten people at once.
  • Don't Tread on Me was a popular slogan used during the War for Independence. You can see it on the Gadsden flag.


John Whittaker: Everything alright in there?
Marvin Washington: I guess so. I haven't gotten sick yet.
John Whittaker: Good. Uh, one thing's still the same as the old model.
Marvin Washington: Push the red button?
John Whittaker: You got it. Have fun.