By Woody Holton
Publish yr note: First released in 2009
Winner of the Bancroft Prize
The big apple instances e-book Review, Editor's Choice
American background, better of 2009
In this shiny new biography of Abigail Adams, the main illustrious girl of the founding period, Bancroft Award--winning historian Woody Holton bargains a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams's existence tale and of women's roles within the construction of the republic.
Using formerly ignored records from quite a few information, Abigail Adams indicates that the spouse of the second one president of the us 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 together with her terrific husband, John, yet with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. while male Patriots neglected her recognized entice "Remember the Ladies," she comprehensive 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 when it comes to 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 gentle on a classy, attention-grabbing lady, the most liked figures of yankee heritage.
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