that ONE useless man is called a disgrace,
that TWO are called a law firm,
and that THREE or more become a Congress!"
"1776" and HBO's "John Adams"
I remember seeing the movie "1776" -- an all-time classic at Radio City Music Hall for a
school field trip way back when and wonder if schools are still showing it. Great cast and concept from the original Broadway show, with dramatic scenes addressing timeless issues.
Both were controversial as they fueled opinions as to factual accuracy - a modern day blogger field day.
One the issues addressed was slavery - with the debate and seeds of the Civil War being sown - and narratives that would be hard to find in any school textbook. Video interview below with the late Peter Stone, author of "1776," the musical.
"The 'Cool Considerate Men' sequence from the restored version of the film.It's impossible to resist the dynamic between John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and also between Abigail and John, among others. (The tween daughter watched "1776" so many times she can easily name all the signers mentioned in the movie without hesitation).
This sequence was cut out of the original release upon complaint by President Richard Nixon, for the song allegedly drew many parallels between the opponents of American Independence in 1776 to the modern conservative right." (YouTube)
Video #3 - Peter Stone Interview about "1776" - Richard Nixon and John Adams
Video #4 - Who will write the Declaration of Independence? "But Mr. Adams"
Video #4 - Scene from HBO special series - "John Adams" about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence
Video #5 - Scene from HBO's "John Adams" series - Congress approves The Declaration of Independence
Related: History Lesson: Where's the Declaration? via Flypaper
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