Abigail Adams: An American Woman
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Abigail Adams: An American Woman

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While John Adams' career in law kept him away from his wife, Abigail, and their five children for long periods of time, Abigail wrote him hundreds of letters. These vivid and eloquent letters illuminate the daily life of a family during revolutionary Colonial times and speak of the exceptional character of our nation's second First Lady. Abigail Adams: An American Woman is...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published January 1980)
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Abigail Adams (1744 – 1818) was the wife of the First Vice President and Second President of the United States, John Adams (1735 -1826), and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the Sixth President of the United States (though she did not live to see him attain that position). This biography of her shows how she was an influential woman of her time, as an intelligent woman who respected her spouse and who conceived her main duty as that of supporting her husband in his work and raising their childre...more
Before reading this book, I knew almost nothing about Abigail Adams. I bought this at a library book sale because I wanted to learn more about the First Ladies. I was a little worried about my First Ladies project because I didn't know what to expect. I know a lot of first ladies accomplished a lot, but I wasn't sure how many sacrificed too much for their husband's careers, or just served only as support for the president.

I am so glad I started with Adams's biography. She and John Adams were eq...more
A terrific portrait of one of this nation’s “founding mothers,” a strong woman not afraid to share her own thoughts and opinions, but one who also stood by her husband and supported him throughout his long political career. The separations Abigail had to endure from John only made their marriage stronger and relationship sweeter. Though admittedly not as educated as she would like to be, Abigail nevertheless left behind a wonderfully rich written record, mostly through letters, of life at the be...more
Good introduction to Abigail's life. Like most books of this kind, its main purpose is to give you jumping off points for deeper reading elsewhere. Maybe it is unavoidable in biography this short, but Akers makes assertions which sound reasonable and might even be true, but are unsupported in the text. For example, he claims that Abigail and her sisters always maintained a close relationship based as much on a common feminine outlook as on blood ties. How does Akers know this? How does he assess...more
As a book it was very broad. This was a short biography that (I think) is really only meant to give the reader a taste of what Abigail Adams was like. The book was fairly dry and read more like a timeline than a narrative but gives the reader enough to formulate a picture of the woman. I wonder how another biography would compare to this one.

As for the subject matter, I feel that I should write a paper on it to truly convey my opinions. I need to read a bit more about her, but I definitely made...more
I've always loved Abigail Adams--what an amazing woman! She's my favorite First Lady! Akers has a very readable style, but sometimes adds his opinion a little too freely. I liked how he separated her (as much as is possible) from her husband and told her story. Abigail's life leaves a wonderful legacy of what it means to be an American woman (despite not being perfect! :) )!
A biography of the wife of the second President, John Adams, and mother of John Quincy Adams, with information taken from letters written by her.
 Barb Bailey
I had a hard time getting into this book...but it had alot of history and ended up being pretty good.
Feb 07, 2009 Terri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Buffs, Early American Feminism
Wonderful book that explores not only Abagail's life, but life for women in colonial America.
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