What does the faculty here think of the 2008 HBO miniseries with Paul Giamatti?
I’ve actually been enjoying it, but I haven’t got to the post-war period yet, so Adams still looks like a hero to me. But I know (from this class) that we all know Adams was actually kind of a bad guy in the grand scheme of things as a Federalist and an enemy of Jeffersonian originalism and a petty tyrant of the Quasi-War and the midnight judges.
So I guess in effect I have two questions:
1) Thoughts on the HBO series?
2) John Adams the man: Hero, villain, or something mixed? Or was he a good guy in the early days but the power of the office of the POTUS corrupted him and the Federalist party?