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Abigail Adams: A Life Paperback – June 1, 2010
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“Holton vividly captures the brilliance, charm, and spunk of Abigail Adams, and shows why she deserves her place at the table along with her husband John and the other Founders. A must-read book for understanding the founding of our nation.” --Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"Captivating... biography and social history. Through his engaging prose, Holton provides a nuanced picture of Adams as representative of many women of her era yet also ahead of her time." --Journal of American History
Top Customer Reviews
Abigail Smith was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1744, the daughter of a parson. She was raised by her overprotective parents but spent a lot of time with her more affectionate maternal grandmother. Along with her brother and two sisters, she had a typical childhood. She was atypical, though, in the sense that she yearned for an education forbidden to her, one of science and critical thinking in addition to literature and language. She managed to find ways to more fully educate herself through the study of languages and by reading whatever she could get her hands on.
Just before her 20th birthday, she married John Adams, a lawyer family friend nine years her senior. Though one would expect her concern with education and worldly topics to end at that point, she remained true to her belief that girls should be educated as boys are and that women possess intelligence, reason and dignity.
However, as Holton shows, Adams was not a feminist by today's standards.Read more ›
This book is great for anyone interested in the Revolution or anyone looking for a good read about an important founding mother.
Much of Holton's analysis focuses on two intertwined themes: Abigail Adams as economic agent and Abigail Adams as commentator and critic of women's roles in society. Holton convincingly argues that Adams was responsible for managing and shepherding much of the Adams family's wealth and that her investments turned a better profit than her husband's investments did. The final chapter features an intriguing account of Adams's will, which she used to endow granddaughters, nieces, and other female relations (some already married) with modest economic portfolios of their own. Throughout her life, Adams testified to her concern for women's education-- she believed that the revolution in girls' schooling was one of the most important social changes of her lifetime-- and her wish that women might have more of a voice in society.Read more ›
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Having read many books about leaders of the American Revolution, it was very interesting to read about a well-known woman. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookish nan
The book was immediately downloaded to my Kindle. It is a wonderful look into the
life of Abigail Adam and I recommend it to anyone interested in that time period
in the... Read more
I was sitting at the airport in front of my gate, quietly reading this book. It was so fascinating, I missed my flight.Published 4 months ago by Lisset Ros
“Abigail Adams” is a well-researched biography of the independent wife of the revolutionary, diplomat, vice-president, president and statesman, John Adams, as well as mother of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Gallen
An excellent book for an in depth look at Abigail Adams life and the time she lived in.Published 8 months ago by LotsaHosta
Too much information and not enough of the personal to hold my interest, but for the time period she was amazing.Published 11 months ago by Ginger Gaba