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 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.


In the new Imagination Station, Marvin Washington hears a rarely told story from the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).



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?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
British Lieutenant Christopher Snell
Caesar Bason Corey Williams
Colonial Soldier Marshal Younger
Colonial Soldier Unknown
Imagination Station Unknown
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Captain Jonas Parker William Holmes
Major John Pitcairn Pete Reneday
Marvin Washington Jordan Calloway
Captain Smith David Richards
William Diamond Theo Greenly

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Connie Kendall John Whittaker
Alex Jefferson Marvin Washington
Xavier Washington Marvin Washington


  • 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.


John Whittaker: Everything all right 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.

Marvin Washington: Hey. Since I play drums, maybe we can get together and jam sometime.
William Diamond: I've done me a fair amount of pickling in my time. Although my sisters do the jamming at our house.

Marvin Washington: Oink! The troops!