John Adams: Season 1, Episode 6

Unnecessary War (13 Apr. 2008)

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After Adams becomes President continues Washington's policy of neutrality between England and France despite opposition inside his own cabinet.

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Following the peace treaty with England President Adams struggles to avoid war with France despite pressure from his Federalist cabinet and French provocation. John finds the price of peace to his career and the price of his long career of public service to his family is indeed high. Written by David Foss

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In the theatre scene, the lines being spoken by the actor are from the 1787 play "The Contrast," written by Royall Tyler. Tyler had been a suitor of Abigail "Nabby" Adams. See more »

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When John Adams arrived at the White House, he arrived alone in the late evening on November 1, 1800, and at the south front of the house, which did not yet have the famous semi-circular portico, but which had the only functioning staircase. His famous blessing, which endures on the mantle of the State Dining Room, was written in a letter to Abigail, who was still in Massachusetts and arrived some weeks later. The episode also shows the Adamses occupying the East Room as a parlor/office/dining room. This was not the case; the only use of the East Room at the time of Adams' short occupation, was as a drying room for laundry. The present Green Room was used as a dining room, the Blue Room was the entry, and the Red Room was used as a combination office/parlor. The Adams family used these three rooms almost exclusively, with the exception of the one bedroom on the second floor which was accessed via the servants staircase, due to the fact that the grand staircase was not yet completed. Aside from these errors, the depiction of the White House as it stood in 1800-1801 is accurate and well represented. See more »

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Alexander Hamilton: A national army binds the country much as a national bank does.
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Version of The Adams Chronicles (1976) See more »

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Unnecessary War.
31 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In part 6 of John Adams we see John Adams played by Paul Giamatti is serving his term as president and dealing with his own devastating problems at home. We find out that Johns son Charles played by Kevin Trainor is an alcoholic and John verbally abuses him. Abigail Adams played by Laura Linney finds out that Charles has become deathly ill and does not look like he will be able to make it. At the end of part 6 John and Abigail are sadly informed that their son Charles has died an alcoholic vagrant. Sadly John does not win a second term as president and instead Thomas Jefferson becomes the third president of The United States.

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