8 thoughts on “TBT: John Adams, Episode 7

  1. When you mentioned the textile mill I immediately thought Rabbit Goody? And by golly it was! I’ve known her and attended her wonderful Textile History Forums for 20 years which some of you might be interested in. A long weekend is devoted to a particular theme in antique textiles with papers presented and show and tell, with close examination using pick glasses and microscopes. Rabbit is funny, personable, extremely knowledgeable. She’s talking about online classes during the pandemic.

  2. John Adams’ portrait accentuates his lustrous forehead a bit too much.
    Completely unrelated,but laudanum was commonly referred to as tincture of opium in the texts of the period.So what did they call camphorated tincture of opium?Wouldn’t such similar nanes have been dangerous when the former is prescribed in drops and the latter in teaspoons?

  3. Nabby’s surgery was performed by John Warren, and she actually survived for two years. Warren’s son John Collins Warren was the first surgeon to operate using ether…way too late for poor Nabby though.

  4. This episode makes me cry. A lot. I BAWL over Abigail. She was such a wonderful character, and a wonderful person, and it pains me so much to see John lose her. Also, listening to their daughter’s surgery is AWFUL. I usually fast-forward a lot of that scene, and it’s still hard to stand. The things people had to go through without anesthesia.

  5. I think you mean that TJ is tended by two People he enslaved. Makes it hella more real than saying slaves.

    1. But actually not true, because to enslave someone they have to be not-a-slave before you start.

      1. Human beings are ‘not-a-slaves’ at the start. Even a human born into the world of chattel slavery is born so due to society & is not intrinsically “slave.” Historians are trying to move away from using “slave” as an term for a person precisely because it’s not an inborn, internal state. It’s imposed by others. A human being is “enslaved.” Yes, we at Frock Flicks slip up, & as editor, I didn’t catch it here, which I apologize for.

  6. Jefferson and Adams both dying on the 4th of July a few hours apart is so Damme cinematic that it’s hard to believe it really happened! But it did.

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