|Why isn't John Adams on the cover?!
1776 was conceived by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Originally a Broadway musical that won
a Tony in 1969, the movie was released in 1972. It is to the movie this site is devoted, although I am interested in any aspect
of what is known as 1776.
I would like to call your attention
to Keith Edwards’ site, “1776:
The Musical’s Official Website” at http://www.1776themusical.us/index.htm. It is a treasure trove of pictures, interviews and information about 1776, especially the original stage production, as well as new projects
Please go check it out!
WARNING: I do quote the movie
a lot, so some of the plot may be given away by this. Please, be careful!
Also, all the
texts are of my own opinion of the movie, the movie characters and the historical characters. While based in historical
facts, they are just opinions! I will not pretend to be an expert in this period - I still have a lot to learn - but I will
say this: I have read extensively in this period and above all, I have a great love for the times, events and most importantly
the people that make up this period of history. I am honest with my praise and censure and I try to present the history as
accurately as I can. If you would like to use my page as a basis for research, please ask me first so I can help differentiate
between what is thought to be true and what is purely my opinion and conjecture. I am also able to recommend both primary
and secondary sources for further information.
|John Dickinson of PA and John Adams of MA fighting
|Benjamin Franklin can be seen in the background, laughing. Nothing like a good stick fight!
This site will change, I hope, so check back and see what new
wonders we can uncover. Huzzah!
2012-03-12: Yes, I am
still around, and still interested 1776! Trust me!
November 28, 2009: The announced switch fell through for a variety of reasons so the site
will stay as is for the time being. Aside from this, there is a small addition concerning the silent men of Maryland. I hope
July 4, 2009: Happy 233rd anniversary!
Although John Adams had identified the 2nd of July as the day, the 4th
has served just as well. I hope everyone had the chance to celebrate with “[…] Pomp and Parade, with shews [sic],
games, sports, guns, Balls, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other […]” as John
Adams predicted in a letter to Abigail dated July 3, 1776. Or in any case, I hope everyone had the chance to have a good day!
October 6, 2008: There was an issue with how websites displayed with internet explorer
and I have a feeling this interfered with my effort to get an accurate count of page views. Therefore, I reset the counter.
Counting will resume from here.
October 1, 2008: We are #1!
Good news, 1776 fans! Because of all your hard work and visiting my site, it is
currently the #1 hit in the Google search engine! I bet it is the same in other search engines as well. So thank you for visiting
my site and giving it such high traffic - it is you who make my site popular! I am curious to see if the numbers are, so I’ve added a counter - place don’t keep click “refresh”
just to up the count. I’m sure the count will be high without “artificial” help!
01, 2006: I’ve decided to do some minor changes to the site - you
might notice the peripheral pages’ (such as the one on John Adams) names have changed in your address bar. Ex.
the site on Adams used to be </id2> but now it’s <adams>. I thought this way made more sense. I apologize if this screws up anyone’s
bookmarks. But cheer up - you can always find the Pennsylvania State House here!
June 28, 2006: Now presenting the new,
improved 1776 website! What do you think? I got a new, widescreen computer last
month and I thought the new layout looked better. I also re-did the font from Times New Roman to Ariel, which is easier to
see on a website, and did some cleaning up of text and formatting. So enjoy!
April 25, 2005: Woah! I was gone there for a bit, wasn't I? I mean the site was unavailable
for a bit yesterday. I had a bit of an issue with Tripod but it has been resolved and I am very grateful that Tripod restored
my site so quickly. Thank you very much, Tripod! Meanwhile, if you didn’t notice the disappearing act my site did, then
don’t worry. If you did, my apologies and I hope my site never has to come down again. I had thoughts last night of
an eighty-year-old me, typing away on this same site… Somehow, it is depressing and exciting at the same time. Well,
here’s to that vision of the future as we take a look into the past…
January 20, 2005: I finally got a way to take really good pictures off of the DVD for
this site. So again, all I have to do is find the time to take them and post them here. So bear with me, I am working on it,
I swear. I also found out this site shows up on google! So I hope that ups the site hits. I'm excited. Enjoy!
May 16, 2004: Alright, I'm back. Long
time, no write, bad grammar. Anyway, I wanted to get a nice picture of Dickinson and the Conservatives as they came out of
the Pennsylvania State House after "Cool, Cool, Cool, Considerate Men", but I all I can get off of my computer (playing the
DVD) is a fuzzy picture that I can hardly tell is Dickinson and everyone, and I know
my characters! So, until I can get at my T.V., I just decided to keep the two Dickinson
pictures up that I have and make due.
I hope you like the new
Dickinson page. If you disagree with me about him, let me
know via e-mail below. Heck, if you agree with me on Dickinson,
e-mail me. Or just e-mail me if you like the movie, or the time period, or the actors, or the... anything. I will talk about
Oct. 12, 2002: The camera has been bought. The
eagle has landed (or is that the turkey? Dove anyone?) So now I just need the time... (Can I buy that?)
"...So, either learn to
live with them, or pack up and go home! In any case, stop acting like a Boston
fish wife." - Benjamin Franklin 1776.
If you would
like to get in touch with me, my E-Mail is: JohnAdams1735 [at] yahoo
[dot] com. Please, let me know if you like my site or don't like my site. If you don't like it, give me suggestions
on ways to improve it. Thank you.
You are also
welcome to sign my guestbook - and for those of you who already have, thank you! Your comments are what keep me and this site
going! I love reading your comments!
For those of you who use my site for school projects, I apologize for keeping my real name off the site. There are ways
of citing the site without my name, although I know some teachers/professors don't like that as much. I also feel bad that
so many people give their names in my guestbook (albiet by their own choice) while I still remain "nameless..." I'll have
to think about it and I might add my name at some later date. Or maybe a pen name... For now, you students, I have added a
"last updated" time stamp to the site. I hope that helps!
All pictures and quotes are taken
by me and are of copyrighted material by Columbia Tri-Star Pictures. This site is in no way connected with Columbia Tri-Star. However, I would like to thank them for the wonderful
gift that is 1776 and for the restored version on DVD. Huzzah!