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Starred Review. While Abigail Adams has always been viewed as one of the most illustrious of America's founding mothers, University of Richmond historian Holton (Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution), drawing on the rich collection of Adams's letters and other manuscripts, paints a strong-minded woman whose boldness developed in the context of the revolutionary era in which she lived. Holton offers a captivating portrait of a reformer both inside and outside the home. Best known for exhorting her husband, John Adams, to remember the ladies in devising America's new political system, she also, Holton has discovered, wrote a will leaving most of her property to her granddaughters, in defiance of the law that made her husband the master of all she owned. Furthermore, she was a businesswoman and invested her own earnings in ways John did not always approve of. Tracing Adams's life from her childhood as the daughter of a poor parson to her long and sometimes uncertain courtship with John, her joys and sorrows as a mother and her life as the wife of a president, Holton's superb biography shows us a three-dimensional Adams as a forward-thinking woman with a mind of her own. (Nov. 3)
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"Insightful, sensitive, and original.... Here is a bounty of fine-grained social history as well as a feast of language, from the eye and the voice of a historian-poet." ---Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
The book uses a string of letters written to John, her sisters and others in her life to draw a picture of Abigail's views and life. It was factual but dry. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan B. Wilson
very wordy..could have been completed in 100 or more less pagesPublished 5 months ago by trudy barnes
I bought this book for my sister, she loved it! She is a history buff, and really likes t poo read about Abigail Adams. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancynan
Well-written book that provides insight into life and politics during and after the Revolutionary War. Abigail Adams was an amazing woman, well ahead of her time.Published 7 months ago by sasanqua
Abigail Adams lived an amazing life with strength and dignity. She was not perfect but she did her what she believed was right.Published 7 months ago by Mary Nolan
I stopped reading after about 80 pages. The details were not of great interest to me. I have to attribute it to the writing, as she lived at a fascinating time in the history of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by MLF