John Adams (2008)
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Unnecessary War 

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



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Episode credited cast:
... John Adams
... Abigail Adams
... Thomas Jefferson
... Alexander Hamilton
... Nabby Adams
... Benjamin Rush
... Thomas Adams
Kevin Trainor ... Charles Adams
... Sally Smith Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... White House Construction Foreman
... Continental Army Officer
... White House Servant


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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13 April 2008 (USA)  »

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The second episode in a row to end with "Piano Trio in E Flat, Opus 100 (second movement)" by Franz Schubert. See more »


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 »


Abigail Adams: [reading The Federalist Papers] "The reign of Mr. Adams has hitherto been one continued tempest of malignant passions. As president, he has never opened his lips without threatening or scolding. He is a repulsive pedant, a gross hypocrite, one of the most egregious fools upon the continent, a hideous, hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
John Adams: It is beneath the President of the United States to take any notice of ...
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Version of The Adams Chronicles (1976) See more »


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Written by Rob Lane
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