Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne WitheyThis 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.
Abigail Adams Facts
As the wife of John Adams, Abigail used her position to bring forth her own strong federalist and strong feminist views. Adams was one of the earliest feminists and will always influence today's women. She was a descendent of the Qunicys', a very prestigious family in the colonies, on her mothers' side. On her fathers'. Born Abigail Smith in , she grew up in Massachusetts with a decently wealthy family, which resulted in the opportunity to obtain a good education. Though she was schooled at home, she read all she could and took an interest in knowledge and politics early in her life, which only grew with her marriage to John Adams Martinez.
She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States , and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States , although these titles were not used at the time. Adams's life is one of the most documented of the First Ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. Through her mother she was a cousin of Dorothy Quincy , wife of John Hancock. Adams was also the great-granddaughter of John Norton, founding pastor of Old Ship Church in Hingham, Massachusetts , the only remaining 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts.
Abigail Adams was one of only two women to have been both wife and mother to two U. Born in , Abigail Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts , a village some 12 miles from Boston. Her father, William Smith, was minister of the First Congregational Church there, and also made a living as a farmer. Educated at home, Abigail read widely from the family library. After a long engagement that her parents insisted on, they married on October 24, , when Abigail was 19 and John was She would have six children in all; four lived to adulthood, including Nabby, John Quincy born , Charles born and Thomas born
She was a prolific letter writer whose correspondence gives an intimate and vivid portrayal of life in the young republic. Although her approach to the office of first lady was in many ways advanced, her fame rests on her thousands of letters, which form an eloquent and evocative description of her life and times. - American First Lady Abigail Adams , an early proponent of humane treatment and equal education for women, is considered a remarkable woman for her times.
Copyright National Humanities Center, In correspondence with her husband John as he and other leaders were framing a government for the United States, Abigail Adams — argued that the laws of the new nation should recognize women as something more than property and protect them from the arbitrary and unrestrained power men held over them. Find more correspondence at Founders Online from the National Archives. For more information on text complexity see these resources from achievethecore. In the Text Analysis section, Tier 2 vocabulary words are defined in pop-ups, and Tier 3 words are explained in brackets.
Abigail Adams was one of our country's greatest silent heroes. She went through war, pain, hardship, disease, and much more for the sake of the country she loved so much. When she was young she did not receive a proper education due to her poor health, but she and her sisters had access to their father's library where they learned literature and their mother taught them from home. This is how she did most of her learning. She had known her third cousin John her whole life. Although her mother originally opposed her marriage to the country lawyer, she gave in and Abigail Smith married John Adams , future president of the United States. She moved with him to Braintree before the family moved to Boston where his law practice flourished.