Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 3, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
The lively, authoritative, New York Times bestselling biography of Abigail Adams.

This is the life of Abigail Adams, wife of patriot John Adams, who became the most influential woman in Revolutionary America. Rich with excerpts from her personal letters, Dearest Friend captures the public and private sides of this fascinating woman, who was both an advocate of slave emancipation and a burgeoning feminist, urging her husband to “Remember the Ladies” as he framed the laws of their new country.

John and Abigail Adams married for love. While John traveled in America and abroad to help forge a new nation, Abigail remained at home, raising four children, managing their estate, and writing letters to her beloved husband. Chronicling their remarkable fifty-four-year marriage, her blossoming feminism, her battles with loneliness, and her friendships with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Dearest Friend paints a portrait of Abigail Adams as an intelligent, resourceful, and outspoken woman.
 

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Owning this book was sort of an accident. I had put a book called My Dearest Friend on my wishlist -- it was supposed to be largely just the collected letters between Abigail and John Adams. Andrew ... Read full review

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(life of Abigail Adams — letters) A person of an independent mind — can't be consistent — Hard to accept there are legitimate differences of opinion This is the life of Abigail Adams, wife of ... Read full review

Contents

A Ministers Daughter
1
John
13
Wife and Mother
23
Politics
39
War
57
Independence
79
A Womans Sacrifice
97
The Long Separation
113
The Vice Presidents Lady
203
An Interlude at Quincy
223
Mrs President
243
The Federal City
269
The Matriarch of Peacefield
283
The Curtain Falls
299
Epilogue
315
Sources for Quotations
319

Years of Decision
137
Europe
155
The Ambassadress
175
A Homesick American
189
A Note on Sources
345
Index
357
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Lynne Withey's books include Voyages of Discovery: Captain James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific (1987) and Grand Tours and Cook's Tours: A History of Leisure Travel, 1750-1915 (1997). She has taught history at the University of Iowa, Boston University, and the University of California at Berkeley, and is now the associate director of the University of California Press. She lives in San Francisco.

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