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By Woody Holton

ISBN-10: 1451607369

ISBN-13: 9781451607369

Publish yr note: First released in 2009

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The manhattan instances ebook Review, Editor's Choice

American history, better of 2009

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

Using formerly ignored records from a variety of data, Abigail Adams indicates that the spouse of the second one president of the USA was once way more charismatic and influential than historians have discovered. one of many most interesting writers of her age, Adams passionately campaigned for women's schooling, denounced intercourse discrimination, and paired wits not just along with her significant husband, John, yet with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. while male Patriots neglected her well-known entice "Remember the Ladies," she finished her personal own assertion of independence: Defying centuries of laws that assigned married women's estate to their husbands, she collected a fortune in her personal name.

Adams's lifestyles tale encapsulates the historical past of the founding period, for she outlined herself on the subject of the folks she enjoyed or hated (she was once by no means neutral), a solid 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 sophisticated, interesting girl, essentially the most cherished figures of yank background.

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