The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784 Abigail Adams

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The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784  by  Abigail Adams

The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784 by Abigail Adams
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The lives of this remarkable couple unfold alongside events of the Revolutionary War era, a time in which John left his family for prolonged periods to serve his colony and country. Their engaging exchanges follow Johns career from provincial lawyerMoreThe lives of this remarkable couple unfold alongside events of the Revolutionary War era, a time in which John left his family for prolonged periods to serve his colony and country.

Their engaging exchanges follow Johns career from provincial lawyer and farmer in Braintree, Massachusetts, to delegate to the Continental Congresses in Philadelphia, to diplomatic success in Europe. John reveals himself as an ambitious, determined, and self-doubting statesman with a trusting, deeply affectionate character and an earthy sense of humor.Abigails lively and captivating letters show the trials of an intelligent, strong, and resourceful woman who managed the familys farm and business affairs and reared the pairs four children during her husbands long absences.

Her missives to John are filled with outspoken remarks on politics, public figures, and world-shaking events. An independent thinker and advocate of equal rights for women, she urged him in one spirited letter to Remember the Ladies in framing the new government. Abigail also vividly documents domestic life in eighteenth-century America, providing enlightening details on health problems, childbirth, education, womens activities, the difficulties of travel, and the impact of wartime inflation.The 226 letters contained in this volume are supplemented with a few to third parties and a sampling of diary entries.

Altogether, the words and thoughts of these warm, if occasionally fallible, human beings richly convey the experience of the Revolutionary generation in a most personal and authentic way.



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