John Adams (TV Mini-Series 2008)

TV Mini-Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.


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20 March 2008 | jmdstern
| Everyone should watch
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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History buffs might recall that a British Navy surgeon concluded (shortly before 1750) that sailors could reduce the incidence of painful and debilitating scurvy by sucking on limes. Concurrent experiments involving sailors taking vinegar or sea water failed. Eighteenth century medicine was unaware that limes contained Vitamin C (a substance not really understood until the 1930s) and also did not fully comprehend scurvy as a nutritional disease, but crews were issued limes in their rations after the field study. British sailors and later British people generally were nicknamed "limeys" shortly afterward. At the film's dock set, around a peck of sucked-on cut limes litter the ground as if discarded by sailors.


Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?


When arriving at St. James's Palace in 1785, John Adams and the audience glance up to see the Union Flag (same as the Union Jack, but on land). As a royal palace, the Union Flag would not have flown there before 1997. As His Majesty was present, the Royal Standard would have flown; in his absence, the flagstaff would have been bare. Prompted by the controversy over the propriety of showing remorse over the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, British royal vexillological protocol was altered in 1997 such that the Union Flag now flies over royal residences when the monarch is absent; however, the Royal Standard still flies in place of the Union Flag when the sovereign is present.


By William Billings


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Biography | Drama | History

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