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Dearest Friend by Lynne Withey
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Apr 28, 2012

really liked it

Abigail Adams lived through a revolution, bore six children, buried four of them, and was both wife and mother to U.S. Presidents. This biography is based heavily on letters written by Abigail Adams to her husband, children, and friends and it very effectively captures the voice and personality of this vibrant and influential woman. She was strong, opinionated, and contradictory. She believed in education for women, but felt that their rightful place was in the home. She opposed slavery, but did not believe in racial equality. She felt that anyone who held a political viewpoint different from hers was quite simply wrong and was known to end friendships because of it. She and John Adams loved each other devotedly through more than 50 years of marriage, which comes across quite touchingly in this book.

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