Abigail Smith Adams
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The paper discusses Abigail Adams' devotion to the women's cause and her position as the President's wife and First Lady of the land. The paper notes her quasi-governmental position in 1775 and her strong political views on the authority that was being placed in the hands of men and the tyranny of slavery.
From the Paper:"Given the impression she made in Washington DC, her ceremonial role, her published opinions, and her impact on the ladies' dress of the day, it is difficult to comprehend that she lived in the White House for only four months. She so enjoyed the farm in Massachusetts and the climate there, that she left the capital in 1801.
"Abigail Adams spent the last 18 years of her life happily, living on Peacefield. It is said she retained all of her faculties until her dying day.
"She was very concerned that, with the Declaration of Independence, too much authority was being placed in the hands of men. Her pleading letters to her husband were a result of that, not just that she was a feminist. "Remember that all men would be tyrants if they could," is a well-known line in one of her letters proclaiming that women would foment a rebellion if ignored. And, of course, eventually they did--and won.
"Little known are her beliefs about slavery. She despised it. John Adams did too. She called it a threat to democracy and wrote, publicly, of her thoughts on the subject saying, in 1776, that men who claimed they desired freedom from tyranny so much, yet kept men in slavery, perhaps were not as passionate about freedom as they said they were."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Adams, J. Q. (n.d.). Abigail Smith Adams. Retrieved July 9, 2009, from John-adams.org: http://www.john-adams.org/abigailadams.net/
- The National First Ladies Library. (n.d.). First lady biography: Abigail Adams. Retrieved July 8, 2009, from Firstladies.org: http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=2
- Vinci, J. (2004, January 5). Abigail Smith Adams. Retrieved July 9, 2009, from Colonialhall.com: http://colonialhall.com/adamsj/adamsAbigail.php
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