After viewing the dead and wounded on the battlefield of Concord, John Adams takes up the cause of Independence. Frustrated by the caution of delegates from colonies that do not share Massachusetts plight, the inexperienced politician is abrasive, obnoxious and even insulting. But with the advice of Abigail and Ben Franklin he soon learns he has allies, to cultivate them, to bide his time and to seize opportunities. Following John's nomination, George Washington takes charge of the army and enjoys successes despite supply shortages. Back at home, Abigail and the children risk supporting the war effort in most tangible ways but find Mother Nature more threatening. Written by
Did You Know?
In the Congress scenes, North Carolina is never seen and the sound of the mystery voice is different from the others, as if it was added later. See more
The opening shot in Philadelphia shows the outside of what is now Independence Hall but the actors are discussing the material which was decided at the First Continental Congress. That meeting was not held at Independence Hall, but at Carpenter's Hall which is down the street. See more
Must you be so extreme, Dr. Franklin?
I'm an extreme moderate, Mr. Rutledge. I believe anybody not in favor of moderation and compromise ought to be castrated and that all this should be sent down to the... the Parliament for they seem to need - how should I put it? - stones.
[He smiles broadly
Version of 1776
Written and performed by John Bull See more