John Adams (2008– )
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After the Battles of Lexington and Concord Adams becomes the voice for independence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Samuel Adams
John Hancock
Benjamin Rush
Young John Quincy Adams
Young Nabby Adams
Clancy O'Connor ...
Elbridge Gerry
Robert Treat Paine
James Duane
Del Pentecost ...
General Henry Knox


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 David Foss

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16 March 2008 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


Benjamin Franklin: Dr. Rush has been telling me...
[Rush agrees]
Benjamin Franklin: ... that he has bled most of Philadelphia. He quite swears by the regenerative powers of desanuinization.
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23 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After Part 1 people were waiting to see what was going to happen next and here it is.

Part 2 of 7 focuses on John Adams played by Paul Giamatti Getting fellow members of the congress to sign a Dcleration Of Independence for the right to freedom. His Wife Abigail Adams played wonderfully by Laura Linney is trying to avoid her and her entire family getting the dreaded small pox.

This is as good as Part 1 and again makes you want to watch just to see what happens. You really feel for theses characters and the kind of things they do.

Not Rated.

1hr 31min/91min.


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