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In this new, vivid, nuanced portrait, now in paperback, prize-winning historian Woody Holton uses original sources and letters for the first time in a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams's life story and of women's roles in the creation of the republic.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of the founding era, Bancroft Awardand#8211;winning historian Woody Holton offers a sweeping reinterpretation of Adamsand#8217;s life story and of womenand#8217;s roles in the creation of the republic.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Using previously overlooked documents from numerous archives, Abigail Adams shows that the wife of the second president of the United States was far more charismatic and influential than historians have realized. One of the finest writers of her age, Adams passionately campaigned for womenand#8217;s education, denounced sex discrimination, and matched wits not only with her brilliant husband, John, but with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. When male Patriots ignored her famous appeal to and#8220;Remember the Ladies,and#8221; she accomplished her own personal declaration of independence: Defying centuries of legislation that assigned married womenand#8217;s property to their husbands, she amassed a fortune in her own name.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Adamsand#8217;s life story encapsulates the history of the founding era, for she defined herself in relation to the people she loved or hated (she was never neutral), a cast of characters that included her mother and sisters; Benjamin Franklin and James Lovell, her husbandand#8217;s bawdy congressional colleagues; Phoebe Abdee, her fatherand#8217;s former slave; her financially naand#239;ve husband; and her son John Quincy.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;At once epic and intimate, Abigail Adams, sheds light on a complicated, fascinating woman, one of the most beloved figures of American history.

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andlt;Bandgt;Abner Linwood "Woody" Holton, III, Ph.D.andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond in Virginia and is a member of the Richmond Research Institute.andnbsp; He has published two award-winning books: andlt;iandgt;Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitutionandlt;/iandgt; (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award; and andlt;iandgt;Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginiaandlt;/iandgt; (1999).andnbsp; Holton received his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and hisandnbsp;Ph.D. in History from Duke, andandnbsp;is currently an associate professor at the University of Richmond. Holton has received numerous awards, including three from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). His first book, andlt;iandgt;Forced Founders andlt;/iandgt;(in which he argued that Jefferson, Washington, and other Virginia gentlemen rebelled against Britain partly in order to regain control of Native Americans, slaves, and small farmers), received the OAHand#8217;s prestigious Merle Curti award for social history. In 2006, the OAH named Holton one of its Distinguished Lecturers. Holtonand#8217;s article, and#8220;and#8216;Divide et Imperaand#8217;: The Tenth andlt;uandgt;Federalistandlt;/uandgt; in a Wider Sphere,and#8221; was selected by a panel of distinguished scholars for publication in the OAHand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Best American History Essays 2006andlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; Holton received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2008-09 academic year to writeandnbsp;ABIGAIL ADAMS and today lives in Richmond with his wife Gretchen Schoel (the director of an organization combating prejudice against Arabs and Muslims) and their daughter Beverly.

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Holton, Woody
Free Press
First Ladies
Historical - U.S.
Biography-First Ladies
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40 b+w photos t-o; index; notes
9 x 6 in 17.465 oz

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