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Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams | Woody Holton
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Winner of the Bancroft Prize The New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice American Heritage, Best of 2009 In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of the founding era, Bancroft Awardwinning historian Woody Holton offers a sweeping reinterpretation of Adamss life story and of womens roles in the creation of the republic. Using previously overlooked documents from numerous archives, Abigail Adams shows that the wife of the second president of the United States was far more charismatic and influential than historians have realized. One of the finest writers of her age, Adams passionately campaigned for womens education, denounced sex discrimination, and matched wits not only with her brilliant husband, John, but with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. When male Patriots ignored her famous appeal to "Remember the Ladies," she accomplished her own personal declaration of independence: Defying centuries of legislation that assigned married womens property to their husbands, she amassed a fortune in her own name. Adamss life story encapsulates the history of the founding era, for she defined herself in relation to the people she loved or hated (she was never neutral), a cast of characters that included her mother and sisters; Benjamin Franklin and James Lovell, her husbands bawdy congressional colleagues; Phoebe Abdee, her fathers former slave; her financially nave husband; and her son John Quincy. At once epic and intimate, Abigail Adams, sheds light on a complicated, fascinating woman, one of the most beloved figures of American history.
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"She was considerably less satisfied with some of the letters she received from John. . . 'They let me know that you exist, but. . . I want some sentimental Effusions of the Heart.'"

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"Let other people call John haughty. Abigail was increasingly willing to apply to him precisely the same adjective he had used on her: saucy."

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