John Dickenson was a congressional representative from Pennsylvania most known for being the only representative to not sign the declaration (Ben Franklin signed in his absence) and being a proponent for reconciliation instead of Independency. In the film he was symbolically represented as England and Adams as America. Just the way the actors were dressed showed this, Dicken...
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...c 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 time.
The title itself is enough to understand the portrayal of events. John Adams is the cookie cutter American patriot and is what we think of when we say founding fathers. Historically speaking this series is accurate, although clearly there is a lens of American patriotism that you must look through if you want to get any meaningful history out of it. I think it would be interesting to write a book much like Richters Facing East to Indian Country (a portrayal of the settling of America from a Native Americans point of view) but from the British’s point of view during the time of the revolution. Was it just some self-interested businessmen that fueled the fires of independence or just cause against an English tyrant?
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