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"The Adamses were an unusual couple, and Abigail was certainly the brightest and the most learned of the Founders' wives. But the Adamses were products of their time, not ours, and we do ourselves no favor by ripping them out of the century in which they lived. To recover their time and their place, with all the immediacy and the contingency of events whose future significance the participants could not know, there is no better place to start than with these genuinely extraordinary letters." Gordon S. Wood, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provide an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; they also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Covering key moments in American history — the Continental Congress, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and John Adams' diplomatic missions to Europe — the letters reveal the concerns of a couple living during a period of explosive change — from smallpox and British warships to raising children, paying taxes, the state of women, and the emerging concepts of American democracy.

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The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Covering key moments in American history-the Continental Congress, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and John Adams's diplomatic missions to Europe-the letters reveal the concerns of a couple living during a period of explosive change, from smallpox and British warships to raising children, paying taxes, the state of women, and the emerging concepts of American democracy.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxxiii]-xxxiv).

About the Author

John Adams (1735-1826), educated as a lawyer at Harvard, was the Massachusetts delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. During the Revolutionary War, he served abroad in diplomatic roles and helped negotiate the peace treaty. After serving as Vice President for two terms under George Washington, he was subsequently elected President.

Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818), was one of the most influential women of her era.

Frank Shuffelton is professor of English at the University of Rochester, and edited the Penguin Classics edition of Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson.

Table of Contents

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams Introduction

A Brief Adams Calendar, 1774-83

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife

Explanatory Notes

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clave, September 10, 2007 (view all comments by clave)
Mr. Adams is intellectual political scientist extraordinaire and his wife is equally witty and provocative. Their letters are the most revealing material I have read on the Constitutional era.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437117
Editor:
Shuffelton, Frank
Introduction:
Shuffelton, Frank
Editor:
Shuffelton, Frank
Author:
Adams, Abigail
Author:
Adams, John
Author:
Shuffelton, Frank
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Presidents' spouses
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
108-39
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.70x5.12x.89 in. .78 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "The Adamses were an unusual couple, and Abigail was certainly the brightest and the most learned of the Founders' wives. But the Adamses were products of their time, not ours, and we do ourselves no favor by ripping them out of the century in which they lived. To recover their time and their place, with all the immediacy and the contingency of events whose future significance the participants could not know, there is no better place to start than with these genuinely extraordinary letters." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by ,
The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Covering key moments in American history-the Continental Congress, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and John Adams's diplomatic missions to Europe-the letters reveal the concerns of a couple living during a period of explosive change, from smallpox and British warships to raising children, paying taxes, the state of women, and the emerging concepts of American democracy.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxxiii]-xxxiv).
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