February 21, 2017

Abigail Adams by Woody Holton

By Woody Holton

Publish yr note: First released in 2009
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Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The long island occasions ebook Review, Editor's Choice

American history, better of 2009

In this bright new biography of Abigail Adams, the main illustrious lady of the founding period, Bancroft Award--winning historian Woody Holton bargains a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams's lifestyles tale and of women's roles within the production of the republic.

Using formerly ignored files from quite a few documents, Abigail Adams indicates that the spouse of the second one president of the USA used to be way more charismatic and influential than historians have learned. one of many best writers of her age, Adams passionately campaigned for women's schooling, denounced intercourse discrimination, and coupled wits not just together with her incredible husband, John, yet with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. whilst male Patriots overlooked her recognized attract "Remember the Ladies," she comprehensive her personal own statement of independence: Defying centuries of laws that assigned married women's estate to their husbands, she accrued a fortune in her personal name.

Adams's lifestyles tale encapsulates the background of the founding period, for she outlined herself in terms of the folks she enjoyed or hated (she was once by no means neutral), a forged of characters that integrated her mom and sisters; Benjamin Franklin and James Lovell, her husband's bawdy congressional colleagues; Phoebe Abdee, her father's former slave; her financially naïve husband; and her son John Quincy.

At as soon as epic and intimate, Abigail Adams, sheds mild on a classy, attention-grabbing lady, essentially the most cherished figures of yank background.

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