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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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
John Adams returns home from Washington's encampment outside Boston. Abigail is scrubbing the floor. She opens a PLASTIC bottle of bright yellow liquid (some kind of disinfectant) and pours it on the floor and then continues to scrub declaring that so many have died from the "bloody pox" that they cannot risk infection in the house. See more
Diplomacy is seduction in another guise, Mr. Adams. One improves with practice.
Version of 1776
Written and performed by John Bull See more