My wife and I are making our way through the HBO film, John Adams, and we are thoroughly enjoying it. I am particularly impressed with episode 2 which covers the push towards independence. The writers did an excellent job of laying out the controversy and emotion of the decision, as well as the political maneuvering behind the scenes. They did such a good job with the argument against independence that it was easy to not only identify with it, but to perhaps acknowledge it as the stronger position. It really highlights the role of luck in our historical identification. We can easily imagine the revolution failing; in that case Dickinson and Rutledge emerge as the heroes while Adams and the rest of his gang come off as irresponsible radicals. I also thought they did an excellent job with the Boston Massacre as well as the tar and feathering scene. I can easily see using parts of this series in class.
Finally, I think I have a little crush on Laura Linney–or is it Abigail Adams? I’m not quite sure what it is. I hope my wife doesn’t read this.