Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.Written by
Just as fashion from 1960 differs from that of 1970 and 1980, so clothing changed in early America. Wardrobe staff papered their workspace walls with research diagrams showing the changes in clothing style from the 1790s to the 1800s to the 1820s: waistcoat, collar, bustle, wig, hat, and hemline sizes adjusting over the years. Some costume props would be rejected on authenticity grounds: "no no no wrong year." See more »
The "Join or Die" design used throughout the series preceded revolutionary ideals by more than two decades. It was designed and published in the Philadelphia Gazette in 1750 by Benjamin Franklin and was used in promoting the Albany Plan to form a united colonial government under British rule to counter the French. The plan was rejected in both Great Britain and the colonies. However, the cartoon was once again used during the Revolutionary War as a way of courting colonial unity against the British. See more »
Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Given the current state of affairs, everyone should make time to watch this mini-series. It's refreshing to know that people though imperfect truly cared about the true nature of freedom. The actors do an outstanding job of portraying the flavor of the times, and the souls of their characters. For most of us the Declaration of Independence is taken for granted. It's wonderful to see how many struggled to unify this country and by no means was the thinking unanimous. I love Jefferson and his quiet nature, resorting to words on paper more comfortably than speaking in public.
For as much as I thought I knew about John Adams I'm finding I didn't know him at all. Pay close attention to the courtroom scenes and thank the stars that court room behavior has evolved since then. I'd hate to have to testify in an environment like that.
Watch this series and hope that some of our politicians today are watching too. I would hope that it might spark something inside them that has been buried in todays hypocrites
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