“But Mr. Adams,” from the soundtrack of the original movie 1776.

And how did Thomas Jefferson come to write the Declaration? According to the musical/movie 1776, that irritating patriot, John Adams (too “obnoxious,” he concedes, to get agreement on anything he would write) blandishes Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston—unsuccessfully—before maneuvering a very reluctant Jefferson into doing his duty.

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