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History has its fashions. Successive generations shift attention and admiration from one Founding Father to another. Recently—and thankfully—John Adams and his remarkable wife, Abigail, have won their turn in the spotlight. Americans are rediscovering the lively richness of John Adams's political thought and his role as a prophet of American constitutionalism. They are also discovering Abigail Adams's equally significant roles as writer, observer of human affairs, and her husband's most trusted political advisor....
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Overview

History has its fashions. Successive generations shift attention and admiration from one Founding Father to another. Recently—and thankfully—John Adams and his remarkable wife, Abigail, have won their turn in the spotlight. Americans are rediscovering the lively richness of John Adams's political thought and his role as a prophet of American constitutionalism. They are also discovering Abigail Adams's equally significant roles as writer, observer of human affairs, and her husband's most trusted political advisor. And millions find their humanity, humor, and insight immensely appealing.

The Wisdom of John and Abigail Adams offers hundreds of nuggets culled from published works and correspondence on a variety of subjects including the American Revolution, the Constitution, Human Nature, Liberty and Rights, and Women. There is also a section devoted to John and Abigail's views of themselves and each other. Drawing on the millions of words penned by these two articulate and energetic people over a sixty year period, the book gives a sense of the ideas and values that mattered to them, and the ways in which they confronted their turbulent and exciting era and sought to make sense of it. It may also give people today a clearer and longer perspective on their own turbulent times.

About the Editor:
R. B. Bernstein teaches American constitutional and legal history at New York Law School. His many books include Are We to Be a Nation? The Making of the Constitution; and the forthcoming Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution of Ideas. He lives in New York City.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781586635763
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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