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1776: The Movie

The Pennsylvania State House
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin
John Dickinson
James Wilson
Abigail Adams
Silent Men of Congress
Historical Accuracy in 1776
1776 Tidbits
VHS vs. DVD
1776 Laserdisc

Some might say this site reeks of Adams, Adams, and more Adams. Sorry, but I like him.

Welcome to The Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located on Chestnut Street, in case you are lost. Philadelphia is the largest city in the Colonies and it is understandable you might become disoriented.

 

It is the summer of 1776 and there is tension in the air. The until recently unheard of word “independence” has invaded the lives of the people, especially the members of the Continental Congress, and a decision must be made.

 

Come and witness history:

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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 concerning 1776. 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
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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 you enjoy!

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!

December 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 it all!

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!