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.
Did You Know?
A despondent Thomas Jefferson laments that every word of his Declaration of Independence was carefully chosen. Jefferson in fact later complained that the other members of the assembly had butchered his original creation. See more
The opening shot in Philadelphia shows the outside of what is now Independence Hall but the actors are discussing the material which was decided at the First Continental Congress. That meeting was not held at Independence Hall, but at Carpenter's Hall which is down the street. See more
I beg you to go gently. You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish and guests stink after three days.
Version of 1776
Written by Rob Lane See more