History Theatre / SeventeenSeventySix

6th Jan '18 4:13:13 PM snichols1973
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: John Adams's stubbornness in insisting that the anti-slavery clause remains in the Declaration results in the delegates from Georgia and the Carolinas walking out of the convention until the offending passage is removed, which almost makes Samuel Chase's of Maryland's decision to vote for independence pointless if the clause remained in the draft.
4th Jan '18 4:42:52 PM snichols1973
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** Just when things look bleak for George Washington, the saltpeter that John requested from Abigail early on arrives a day before the final vote to help Washington turn the tide against the British.



* {{Foil}}: John Dickinson and Edward Rutledge, to Adams, Franklin and Jefferson.



* {{Hypocrite}}: When Adams objects to slavery as being an offense against God and man in addition to the "filthy purse strings", Rutledge points out how the northern colonists have profited considerably from importing slaves into the northern colonies despite not owning any themselves:
-->'''John Adams''': Economy. Always economy. There's more to this than a filthy purse-string, Rutledge! It is an offense against man and God!\\
'''Hopkins''': It's a stinking business, Mr. Rutledge, a stinking business!\\
'''Edward Rutledge''': Is it really now, Mr. Hopkins? Then what's that I smell floating down from the North? Could it be the aroma of "hy-pocrisy"? For who holds the other end of that filthy purse-string, ''Mr. Adams''? Our northern brethren are feeling a bit tender toward our black slaves. They don't keep slaves! Oh, no. But they are willing to be considerable carriers of slaves to others. They're willin'! For the shillin'. Or haven't you heard, Mr. Adams? Clink, clink.



* NotSoDifferent: "Molasses to Rum" has Rutledge spotlight the North's complicity in the slave trade.

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* NotSoDifferent: "Molasses to Rum" Rum to Slaves" has Rutledge spotlight the North's complicity in the slave trade.


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* {{Tritagonist}}: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson on the side of independence from Britain.
** Dickinson and Rutledge, in favor of having the colonies remaining as British territories, can be considered the deuteragonists and foils to Adams, Jefferson and Franklin.
27th Dec '17 6:28:00 PM RoseAndHeather
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* HappilyMarried: John and Abigail Adams, Thomas and Martha Jefferson. Both of them, incidentally, are TruthInTelevision; the Adamses in particular were quite happily married for ''fifty-four years.'' Sadly, despite how much in love they were, Jefferson and his wife didn't have nearly as much time together, as Martha died tragically young. (The Martha Jefferson listed as Jefferson's First Lady is actually his daughter.)

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* HappilyMarried: John and Abigail Adams, Thomas and Martha Jefferson. Both of them, incidentally, are TruthInTelevision; the TruthInTelevision.
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Adamses in particular were quite happily married for desperately in love with each other both before and during all ''fifty-four years.'' years'' of their marriage, and wrote some of the spiciest love letters known to history during their long separations. The ''title'' of "Yours, Yours, Yours" was lifted direct from several of John's letters to Abigail, and whole passages from those letters (including "write to me with sentimental effusion") were taken almost intact from their letters as well. If anything, the musical slightly ''underplays'' the depths of trust, love, and affection between them.
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Sadly, despite how much in love they were, Jefferson and his wife didn't have nearly as much time together, as Martha died tragically young. (The Martha Jefferson listed as Jefferson's First Lady is actually his daughter.)
18th Dec '17 12:06:59 PM WillDraco
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-->'''Adams:''' I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them -- Franklin, Washington, and the horse -- conducted the entire revolution by themselves.

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-->'''Adams:''' I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them -- Franklin, Washington, and the horse -- conducted the entire revolution all by themselves.
4th Dec '17 3:09:46 PM Teakay
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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: "But, Mr. Adams" --
-->'''Adams:''' Now then, sir, will you be a patriot? Or a lover?\\
''(beat)''\\
'''Jefferson:''' A lover.\\
'''Adams:''' ''No!''
24th Oct '17 11:55:06 AM brianify
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Benjamin Franklin usually maintains a somewhat-facile demeanor of a jocular, [[DirtyOldMan randy older gentleman]]. It's when he drops the act and becomes earnest is when all stop to listen. Emphasized when, in debate with Dickinson, Franklin passionately describes the new people Americans have become and how they need a new nation: Dickinson, for once, is rendered momentarily speechless.
2nd Sep '17 4:15:19 AM bjex
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--->'''Hancock:''': Alright, gentlemen, we are about to brave the storm in a skiff made of paper. Step up, and don't miss your chance to commit treason.\\
'''Franklin''': Hancock is right. This document is our passport to the gallows. But it's too late now - we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.\\
'''[=McKean=]:''' In my case, hangin' won't be sa bad; one snap and it's all over, but lookit [skinny] Read there! He'll be dancin' a jig long after I'm gone!\\

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--->'''Hancock:''': Alright, gentlemen, we are about to brave the storm in a skiff made of paper. Step step right up, and don't gentlemen. Don't miss your chance to commit treason.\\
'''Franklin''': Hancock is right. This document is our passport to the gallows. But it's too late now - there's no backing out now, for if we must all do not hang together, or we shall most assuredly we shall all hang separately.\\
'''[=McKean=]:''' In my case, hangin' won't be sa so bad; one snap and it's it'll be all over, but just like that. But lookit [skinny] Read there! He'll be dancin' a jig long after I'm gone!\\
31st Aug '17 12:51:48 PM bjex
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** The Congress engages in a bit of this before signing the Declaration, and thereby committing treason, for which they very well could end up on a gallows.
--->'''Franklin''': We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.\\
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** The Congress engages in a bit of this quite literal gallows humor before signing the Declaration, and thereby committing treason, treason against the English crown, for which they very well could end up on a gallows.
--->'''Franklin''': We must all hang together, or assuredly --->'''Hancock:''': Alright, gentlemen, we shall all hang separately.are about to brave the storm in a skiff made of paper. Step up, and don't miss your chance to commit treason.\\
'''Franklin''': Hancock is right. This document is our passport to the gallows. But it's too late now - we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.\\



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** ShownTheirWork: In real life, the first quote is attributed to Franklin during the actual signing of the Declaration. [=McKean=]'s joke about hanging faster than Read is paraphrased from a quote by Declaration signer Benjamin Harrison. [[note]]Father of 30-day president UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison and great-grandfather of his namesake, President UsefulNotes/BenjaminHarrison.[[/note]]

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** ShownTheirWork: In real life, Franklin did indeed say something like the first quote is words attributed to Franklin him during the actual signing of the Declaration. [=McKean=]'s joke about hanging faster than Read is paraphrased from a quote by Declaration signer Benjamin Harrison. [[note]]Father of 30-day president UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison and great-grandfather of his namesake, President UsefulNotes/BenjaminHarrison.[[/note]]
8th Aug '17 8:12:03 AM LadyErinNY
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* TheBigBoard: A slider board showing the vote tally. There is also a tear-off calendar (ominously?) counting down to July 4th. Both were invented by the playwrights for dramatic expedience.

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* TheBigBoard: A slider board showing the vote tally. There is also a tear-off calendar (ominously?) counting down to July 4th. Both were invented by the playwrights for dramatic expedience.



* CassandraTruth: When Caesar Rodney introduces James Wilson to Dr. Lyman Hall:
-->'''Caesar Rodney''': Oh, Judge Wilson, forgive me, but how can anyone see you if you insist on standing in Mr. Dickinson's shadow?
31st Jul '17 12:51:19 PM SpectralTime
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** One to modern ears. In the show, "Maryland" is pronounced "Mary Land," rather than the modern pronunciation of "Marilyn."

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** One to modern ears. In the show, "Maryland" is pronounced "Mary Land," rather than the modern pronunciation of "Marilyn." "Marilynd," as is appropriate to the time period.
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