The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

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Penguin, 2004 - Počet stran: 473
An intimate portrait of a colonial family and an important historical record of the beginnings of American government
The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Covering key moments in American history-the Continental Congress, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and John Adams's diplomatic missions to Europe-the letters reveal the concerns of a couple living during a period of explosive change, from smallpox and British warships to raising children, paying taxes, the state of women, and the emerging concepts of American democracy.
 

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Introduction
vii
A Brief Adams Calendar 177483
xxxi
Suggestions for Further Reading
xxxiii
A Note on the Text
xxxv
FAMILIAR LETTERS OF JOHN ADAMS AND HIS WIFE
1
Explanatory Notes
415
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Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818), was one of the most influential women of her era.


John Adams (1735-1826), educated as a lawyer at Harvard, was the Massachusetts delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. During the Revolutionary War, he served abroad in diplomatic roles and helped negotiate the peace treaty. After serving as Vice President for two terms under George Washington, he was subsequently elected President.

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