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
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While John Adams is in Congress debating independence from Britain (in 1776), his family is shown receiving a crude inoculation against smallpox. While it was not until 1796 that Edward Jenner determined that immunity to the pox could be achieved by injecting people with material from a cowpox lesion (vaccination), a more primitive practice using the actual smallpox virus (inoculation) was known and had been in practice in the West since the early 18th century. It is documented that the Adams family was indeed inoculated against the pox. See more
Gentlemen. The consequences involved in the motion now lying before us are of such magnitude that I tremble at the oppressive honor of sharing in its determination. My conduct this day, I expect, will give the finishing blow to my once great and now much-diminished popularity. Yet I had rather forfeit popularity forever than vote away the blood and happiness of my countrymen. Independence will not strengthen us by one man! Nor by the least supply. But it may expose our soldiers to additional ...
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Written and performed by John Bull See more