Abigail Adams: Courageous Patriot and First Lady


A biography profiling the life and influence of Abigail Adams, first lady of the second president of the United States, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president. Includes source notes and timeline.
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A biography profiling the life and influence of Abigail Adams, first lady of the second president of the United States, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president. Includes source notes and timeline.
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Editorial Reviews

This series highlights four extraordinary women of the American Revolution-Martha Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, Phillis Wheatley, and Abigail Adams. Filled with color illustrations (contemporary engravings often misleadingly tinted for a newer market), maps, time lines, interesting factoids, and suggested readings, these titles might seem ideal for young people, perhaps designed especially for younger teen reluctant readers faced with selecting a biography for a school assignment. Relying completely on secondary sources, fictionalized biographies, and published correspondence, these books provide speculative and generally accurate portraits of remarkable women. Occasionally marred by sloppy editing, sentimentality, and jarringly colloquial language, the books will, no doubt, find a place in school and public libraries where curriculum-supporting biographies and Accelerated Reader titles flourish. (Signature Lives: Revolutionary War Period). VOYA CODES: 2Q 1P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; No YA will read unless forced to for assignments; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Jamie S. Hansen
Children's Literature
This biography of Abigail Adams beautifully depicts her life from birth to death and how she influenced events through her husband, John Adams, during the Revolutionary War period. Born and wed in Massachusetts she became a mother and farmer while her husband traveled in order to help the colonies gain independence. The book relates her struggles to secure food and shelter during the British boycotts and then through the war when all able men were fighting and prices for goods skyrocketed. The text often refers to the letters written between John and Abigail while he was in Philadelphia and, later, France. Tired of living alone, she finally joined him in France with all but one of their children. There she was called upon to help her husband entertain dignitaries for the sake of obtaining peace treaties. Later the Adams moved to London while John was ambassador there. Returning to the colonies did not mean quiet times for Abigail as her husband became vice-president and then, eight years later, president. She died in 1818 at her home in Massachusetts from typhoid fever. With photographs of paintings depicting the people and events, and side bars explaining—in easy-to-understand language—what exactly happened during the Revolutionary war, this book would be an excellent source for either biographical information on Mrs. Adams or details on the Revolutionary war. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 12 to 16.
—Angela Olkey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756509811
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Healthy Teeth Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Founding Mother 9
Colonial Girl 19
Starting a Family 29
Massacre in Boston 39
Woman of the Revolution 49
Sacrifices for a New Nation 61
Return to Politics 71
First Lady 81
Abigail's Legacy 89
Life and Times 96
Life at a Glance 102
Additional Resources 103
Glossary 105
Source Notes 106
Select Bibliography 108
Index 109
Image Credits 112
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