American Experience: John and Abigail Adams
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During his lenghty absences, Abigail kept the home fires burning, first, during his trips to to Philadelphia as a member of the Continential Congress & later as a diplomat to France & Holland. She managed their modest property as well as he could have. She was a community leader during British occupation & through the terrible small pox & typhoid epidemics that were so common in those days. She was first & always his most trusted confidant & political advisor, if not in person then in the long correspondences they kept up. Her love was unconditional & someone he could always count on. She made one trip overseas when he was Ambassador to England, which opened her eyes to the big world outside of her small one in Braintree, MA. Truly a woman of character, patriotism & a great American. The portrayals by the actors in this history were dead on as I imagined John & Abigail might have been. This dvd is an essential for high school American history classes. A real keeper & an example of television at it's best.
After seeing this, the viewer must come away with a high respect for both John & Abigail. One was nothing without the other.
A little acting, and a bit of historian narration, this DVD is both entertaining and informative. The actors do a wonderful job of conveying the lives of the people of the times.
A highly recommended historic piece to be included in high school and college American history classrooms.
As a delegate from Massachusetts, John Adams was a blunt man who realized sooner than his other learned colleagues that America's only course was independence from the greatest empire in the world. His bluntness and insight repelled and attracted his colleagues as he led some of them, kicking and screaming, toward a declaration of independence.
His wife and friend, Abigail provided the wisdom and patience her husband sometimes lack, and proved to be a better judge of character than him. If ever the United States could claim a "founding mother," Abigail Adams would be the only one to come to mind. Her husband relied on her, trusted her, and followed her counsel throughout his life.
None of this would have come to light if their correspondence during long and lonely years of separation had not survived. Abigail urged her husband to burn her letters, which he fortunately never did. These letters reassured and comforted each other. His letters provided her with news of a nation that was being born, and her letters provided him with the insight and confidence he needed in his career.
One of John Adams' greatest fears was that he would be forgotten for the sacrifices he made. He was away more time in their first fourteen years of marriage than he was with her, as he was appointed as Constitutional delegate and minister to France.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw the other mini series about Adams and this was a different side of him. I enjoyed to biography very much.Published 20 months ago by Chloe
After this two hour program (23 Jan. 2006) you feel not only do you know John and Abigail, but a more rounded view of the history of their time. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Bernie
The story about John and Abigail Adams is told in a most compelling and convincing manner. Everything in this PBS video comes through as a great success, the narrative, the... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Carl von Hugo
This was a film that I had seen before and I had to buy! Beautiful history story about one of our
heros and the great love of his life! Read more
This 2-hour docudrama is an excellent overview of John and Abigail's 50-year relationship and their participation in the most exciting events of early American history. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by J. Jamakaya
Read David McCullogh's John Adams instead - much more informative than the film and comes alive, as all his histories do, with insight, historical accuracy, and the accurate detail... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Cicero
This really opens your eyes to what John Adams went through with his great wife and how they stayed true to each other, but also to the nation that they were trying to save. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Ed
The item in question had to be cleaned several times not happy about it but it seems to be working now.Published on November 7, 2012 by P. Herrera
Being a big fan of the HBO John Adams series, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this PBS presentation so I borrowed it from my library. I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Stephanie Pagliughi