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Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution: With a Memoir of Mrs. Adams

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 11th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1875)
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Jewels
It took me a while to get through this, as I was a bit burned out on my history classes. Abigail Adams remains one of my heroines, and I have nothing but respect for her husband John, even though he amused me a bit with his protestations of vanity. I have to admit that I felt really sorry for Abigail; the loneliness and sorrow at being parted from her husband for so long came through as quite the burden to bear. It was interesting to see how the war effected the times that they lived in as well, ...more
John
I would love to have given this 5-stars just because of the respect I have for both Adams'. But, I reserve 5-star rating for those books I would re-read whenever, and although this is a fascinating view into the life of some of our founding fathers, it is a little dry to re-read. Highly recommended, though. For a more entertaining read, try "John Adams" by McCullough. He obviously used these letters as some of his source material.
Fred Van Lente
The star rating is for the shoddy POD quality of the book, a reproduction, which is basically a text-file dump to standard letter sized paper f what must be an early-to-mid nineteenth century edition, then bound. C'mon, people, if I wanted a .txt doc I would've found one on-line, not accidentally bought a dead tree version on Amazon.
Anna
It was interesting to see how the war effected the times that they lived in as well, from the descriptions of Congress, movements of the military, right down to how the war effected prices for goods.
Naomi
A wonderful window into a marriage during the American Colonial Era and onto experiences of the Revolutionary War.
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Adams began his education in a common school in Braintree. He secured a scholarship to Harvard and graduated at the age of 20.

He apprenticed to a Mr. Putnam of Worcester, who provided access to the library of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, and was admitted to the Bar
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