The lives of our historical figures are sometimes shrouded in mystery. We may have their letters, journals or other personal writings and maybe a painting of them. But how much do we really know about them?
The 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams chronicled the life of John Adams, one of the founding fathers and the second President of the United States. In the title role of John Adams is Paul Giamatti with Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, John Dossett as Benjamin Rush and Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson.
Based on the book by David McCullough, this miniseries brought history to life in a new and very exciting way. We sometimes think of the founding fathers as perfect beings without flaws or past mistakes. The reality is that they were no different from any human being who has both good and bad characteristics. These were men who believed so strongly in democracy and right to self government that they chose to fight for what they believed in rather than to continue to submit to the British crown in silence. It is a compelling story that is both entertaining and teaches it’s audience.
I recommend it.