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

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UPNE, 1975 - History - 411 pages
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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 John's 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.

Abigail's lively and captivating letters show the trials of an intelligent, strong, and resourceful woman who managed the family's farm and business affairs and reared the pair's four children during her husband's 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, women's 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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Substance: The letters of John and Abigail Adams are full of information about life in Boston during the Revolutionary War, the war and politics of the United States, and the personal principles by ... Read full review

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So much more than simple words or even letters to family, this is the story of a great family committment to the founding of America and an example of the hardy stock that was the stuff or heroes and founding fathers. Read full review

Contents

The Letters
6
August 1774May 1776
65
June 1776October 1777
133
November 1777July 1780
199
August 1780September 1782
267
October 1782August 1784
325
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L.H. Butterfield and Marc Friedlaender, as editor in chief and editor, respectively, were long identified with the publication of The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Mary-Jo Kline was Associate Editor of The Adams Papers. David McCullough is the author of the best-selling John Adams and the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Truman.

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