Awesome: 1776

  • The film's opening shot, a remarkably complicated Oner for the time.
  • For Southerners who are tired of being reminded that they supported slavery, "Molasses to Rum" serves as a satisfying reminder that the North wasn't blameless in the matter either.
  • Abigail Adams, while struggling to keep a failing farm solvent, caring for sick children, and facing the very real prospect that the war could arrive on her doorstep, nevertheless rallies the Massachusetts Bay-area women together to make saltpeter. The kegs arrive at John's feet wrapped in bows, just when he was beginning to lose faith in himself and his cause.
  • "Is Anybody There?" for Adams.
    • Made doubly awesome because the lines about fireworks and parades and all are accurate to his letters - he knew exactly how the US would celebrate on July 4th every year (although he predicted July 2nd).
  • Dr Lyman Hall:
    Hall: In trying to resolve my dilemma I remembered something I'd once read, that '...a representative owes the People not only his industry, but his judgment, and he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion.' It was written by Edmund Burke, a member of the British Parliament. [Hall moves Georgia's vote into the Yea column]
  • Dickinson sticking by his beliefs and voting against the Declaration, then leaving Congress and joining the Army rather than signing a document he can't believe in. Now that is "courage of conviction".