Family Values

HBO's ‘JOHN ADAMS'

Most of my knowledge of American history comes from the musical 1776. Not that I didn’t study the subject in more traditional circumstances. From a year-long U.S. history course at my liberal-leaning New England prep school I gleaned two valuable nuggets of information: First, our government operates via checks and balances; second, back in Lincoln’s day, the Republicans were actually the good guys.

Had the textbooks...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.