My Dearest Friend Letters Of Abigail And John Adams Pdf
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When Mary Wollstonecraft's book on recent French political events was published in , John Adams already knew first-hand about revolution. He read the book for the first time in , and disagreed with many of Wollstonecraft's ideas. He wrote comments on nearly every page.
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The letters between John and Abigail Adams during the American Revolution are prized pieces of history as they display the toils and sacrifices a family was willing to go through to achieve freedom, but also the obstacles the founding fathers faced. The letters allow the reader to step into the past and relate to the founding fathers, their wives and their children on a personal level. Throughout the year of , John and Abigail write over one hundred letters which include political discussion and advice, personal matters with the farm, debates on the raising of their children and much else.
Abigail reveals herself through these letters in her humorous comments, serious political advice and her caring, loving tone toward her best and dearest friend. To her husband, Abigail shares her beliefs regarding women's rights as far as education and marriage; Abigail's beliefs are not very uncommon, though due to the frankness of her nature she is considered ahead of her time in regards to the education and rights of women.
There is a level of equality understood between this husband and wife which is rare for the time period, it shows a relationship of intellectual equality. Though they saw each other as intellectual equals, Abigail valued her role as a supportive and tender wife and accepted the commonly held ideas of hierarchy within a marriage. In regards to women's rights within a marriage, she believed a marriage should be a partnership of intellectual equals, though she did not overlook gender roles.
Abigail's Understanding of Women's Rights While Abigail asked John to "Remember the Ladies", she was not asking for complete social and political equality. She believed that women should receive an equal education, but only to better prepare their own children and to serve as better representatives for their husbands while they were away. While Abigail Adams was not an advocate for equal rights for women, she was ahead of her time due to her bold, "saucy" nature, her passion for education, and her influences from the Enlightenment.
In her letter to John on March 31, , she asks him to "Remember the Ladies". Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. She was asking for women to be treated with more care and to be regarded "as Beings placed by providence under your protection and in immitation of the Supreem Being make use of that power only for our happiness.
While men allowed their wives to tend to their business affairs in their absence, they should respect women as intellectual equals and cherish them as wives and human beings.
Another way in which Abigail sought out rights for women was through education. A woman who was well educated was better qualified to serve as a good wife, but more importantly a mother and a shaper of minds. Abigail's support of Women's EducationThe idea of becoming educated in order to better educate children as important public figures was not a new idea and would soon surface as somewhat popular in the ideal of "Republican Motherhood".
It is with this belief that drives Abigail to achieve educational rights for women, it also provides the basis for the education of her own children. The education of children is a topic discussed and debated between John and Abigail in their letters.
John complains his countrymen are lacking in necessary fields of knowledge and character. He desires to "instruct my Countrymen in the Art of making 7 Ibid.
With John away from the house so often, Abigail was obliged to fulfill the roles of both husband and wife in his absence, something common for the late 18 th Century housewife; she cared for and raised the children, while at the same time tended to John's farm and business affairs.
In a letter to John on April 11, , she says, "I miss my partner, and find myself uneaquil to the cares which fall upon me; I find it necessary to be the directress of our Husbandery and farming… I hope in time to have the Reputation of being as good a Farmeress as my partner has of being a good Statesmen. The fact that she did refer to him as a partner reveals a liberal and new idea of partner in marriage;working as partners within a marriage does not however neglect the understandings of gender roles of the time.
John praised her abilities as a "Stateswoman, of late as well a Farmeress. On September 20, she writes "that whilst you are engaged in the Senate your own domestick affairs require your presence at Home, and that your wife and children are in Danger of wanting Bread. She attempts to guilt him into feeling that he has neglected his family; not only is his family in danger of going hungry but his properties are failing well: "but unless you return what little property you possess will be lost.
Abigail believed in the Revolution and her husband's important role; she believed she was serving her country by allowing herself to be parted from her dearest friend and fill his role as businessman and father. The fact that she only once directly tells him to come home due to her own failures shows how strong and independent she was as a person, but she did not want to be independent as a wife, "I know the weight of publick cares lye so heavey upon you that I have been loth to mention your own private ones.
She regretted that she was not fulfilling her duty as his substitute in his affairs;she wanted to serve her country as a good patriot and serve her husband as a good wife. She suffered as many women did during the American Revolution; with their husbands away, left with duties new and difficult but with a desire to serve their husbands and their country to the best of their ability. Through her letters Abigail shares her thoughts and experiences with her husband and as a result reveals herself as a woman.
Abigail supported women's rights in such a way that allowed for a husband a wife to be partners, though she still accepted the common gender roles of the time. Abigail promoted the education of women as she believed them as intellectual capable as me as well as responsible for raising children to be future leaders.
Abigail's understanding of marriage and her roles as a wife were not uncommon, though her marriage to John is revealed through their letters to be exceptional with a joint understanding of equality and partnership.
As a woman, Abigail Adams was not one of the first feminists, nor did she give rise to the movement intentionally or even directly. She was a woman who, as a mother and wife of the late 18 th Century had been taught to serve her husband and to educate and mold her children.
She did this to the best of her ability under the circumstances that were forced upon her by the war and by disease but also by new ideas and a new country.
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Hogan and C. James Taylor. Includes index. ISBN alk. Adams, John, ——Correspondence. Adams, Abigail, —— Correspondence.
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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. She and Barbara Bush are the only two women to be married to one U. 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 , who was married to John Hancock.
In , Abigail wrote to wish her husband John a safe journey as he headed home to Quincy after serving as president of the nation he helped create. The letters that span these nearly forty years form the most significant correspondence—and reveal one of the most intriguing and inspiring partnerships—in American history. As a pivotal player in the American Revolution and the early republic, John had a front-row seat at critical moments in the creation of the United States, from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to negotiating peace with Great Britain to serving as the first vice president and second president under the U. Full of keen observations and articulate commentary on world events, these letters are also remarkably intimate. This new collection—including some letters never before published—invites readers to experience the founding of a nation and the partnership of two strong individuals, in their own words. This is history at its most authentic and most engaging.
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The American Revolution invited a reconsideration of all social inequalities. In his reply, John Adams treated this sentiment as a joke, demonstrating the limits of revolutionary liberty. I wish you would ever write me a Letter half as long as I write you; and tell me if you may where your Fleet are gone? What sort of Defence Virginia can make against our common Enemy? Whether it is so situated as to make an able Defence?
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In , Abigail wrote to wish her husband John a safe journey as he headed home to Quincy after serving as president of the nation he helped create. The letters that span these nearly forty years form the most significant correspondence—and reveal one of the most intriguing and inspiring partnerships—in American history. As a pivotal player in the American Revolution and the early republic, John had a front-row seat at critical moments in the creation of the United States, from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to negotiating peace with Great Britain to serving as the first vice president and second president under the U. Full of keen observations and articulate commentary on world events, these letters are also remarkably intimate.
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