The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
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 John Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Abigail Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Rush (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Jefferson (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Nabby Adams / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Adams (4 episodes, 2008)
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 George Washington (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Colonel William Smith (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Samuel Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Nabby Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Sally Smith Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Trainor ...
 Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Franklin (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Alexander Hamilton (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Hancock (2 episodes, 2008)
Judith Magre ...
 Madame Helvétius (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Robert Treat Paine (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Elbridge Gerry (2 episodes, 2008)
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
Sieger Sloot ...
 Dutch Man (2 episodes, 2008)
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Dickinson (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Timothy Pickering (2 episodes, 2008)
Thomas Langston ...
 Young Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 2008)
Timmy Sherrill ...
 Attorney General Charles Lee / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Lucas N. Hall ...
 Bostonian Townsperson / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Boston Citizen / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty (2 episodes, 2008)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

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This isn't the first time Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney acted as husband and wife. They also played the (much less successfully) married couple Mr. and Mrs. X in the movie The Nanny Diaries (2007) See more »

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John Trumbull asserts that his painting, "Declaration of Independence" was well researched for authenticity, but contained many inaccuracies; principally that it showed a noticeably higher Congressional attendance than actually occurred at any given session. Even if one can grant artistic license to allow for the depiction members who were not actually present on 28 June 1776, it shows Charles Caroll of Carlton who was not only elsewhere at the time, but was not even a member yet. Caroll was elected by Maryland on 4 July and did not arrive in Philadelphia until well after that. See more »

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Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.138 (2009) See more »

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Poignant and gritty!
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As fine a political documentary as I have ever seen! Understated, yet amazing in its depth. Even the exhilarating music portends the events to come. A must see for those interested in how the nation they live in came to be. This film may upset some with its frankness of the times in which the characters lived, that said, I applaud that very frankness that allows us to see the people that supported and opposed our becoming a nation. A very "well done" to all those involved with the making of this ode to a time long gone. May we as a nation once more learn the lessons that came to be so well known by the majority of our "Founding Fathers"... AND Mothers.


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