The Kings Response To The Declaration Of Independence Essay

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The life of John Adams is well documented thanks in part to the many letters of correspondence with his wife Abigale Adams. During his life John Adams was an influential figure in American politics. He was the voice of Independence during the first and second congressional meetings as well as ambassador to France and Americas first ambassador to Britain; not to mention he was the Vice President and President of the United States. HBO has made a series titled after this influential man. This will focus on the second episode titled Independence. This episode takes place from 1774 to 1776, starting with the British seizure of Boston and ends on the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. When making this series the directors…show more content…
In the episode, after the declaration is sent to England, the Kings response is read aloud to the congressional committee. What I thought was the most interesting thing about this scene was is that there was only one line that was read from the response, “…or other proper officer, due and full information of all persons who shall be found carrying on correspondence with, or in any manner or degree aiding or abetting the persons now in open arms and rebellion against our Government, within any of our Colonies and Plantations in North America, in order to bring to condign punishment the authors, perpetrators, and abetters of such traitorous designs” (2). The choice of this passage is clearly portraying King George as an unmerciful tyrant. After reading the document in its entirety, the British viewpoint is quite different from what I grew up believing about the revolution. The document has a feeling of disappointment to it. The American colonies were a misbehaving kid and England was the disrespected parent, who protected the colonies from the French and Indians, and was enforcing a tax (half that of what British citizens were paying) to pay for that war. The saying is, history is written by…show more content…
One of the most striking and devastating of these was the smallpox epidemic that struck the colonies. At this time vaccines were yet to be invented, but there was a new gruesome technique to combat the deadly smallpox virus. This technique utilized an infected individuals pustules (boils on smallpox victims skin) to inoculate patients. In a particularly striking scene Abigale Adams sends for a doctor to inoculate her family. The doctor brings a live patient who is dying of the disease to the house and uses the wounds to rub pus into cuts made in the family’s arms. This graphic scene elicits a feeling of sympathy for the colonists and was important to add into the series because it was such a huge cause of death at that

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