First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Abigail Adams

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Abigail Adams

by Charles River Editors

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*Includes Abigail's most famous quotes and several letters written to John Adams.
*Includes pictures of Abigail and important people and places in her life.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.” – Abigail Adams

American presidents have shaped the course of global affairs for generations, but as the saying goes, behind every great man there’s a great woman. While the First Ladies often remain overshadowed by their husbands, some have carved unique niches in their time and left their own lasting legacy. Dolley Madison helped establish the role of the First Lady in the early 1800s, Eleanor Roosevelt gave voice to policy issues in a way that made her a forerunner of First Ladies like Hillary Clinton, and Jackie Kennedy created glamorous trends that made her more popular than her husband. In Charles River Editors’ First Ladies series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives and legacies of America’s most famous First Ladies in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton may have been the most politically active First Ladies in American history, but Abigail Adams was the first to act as political advisor for her husband and the first to be dubbed “Mrs. President”. Indeed, Abigail was politically inclined to degree highly unusual among women of the 18th and 19th century, and she had originally impressed her future husband John because she was so well versed in poetry, philosophy and politics. Abigail was also very progressive, championing women’s rights and abolition long before they became widely held views even in traditionally liberal Massachusetts.

While her time as First Lady was important, Abigail Adams remains one of the most recognized and respected First Ladies in American history due to her voluminous correspondence with John when they were separated throughout the American Revolution, as she remained in Massachusetts while John found himself in the thick of politics during his time in the Continental Congress and over in France. In addition to providing a comprehensive account of the inner workings of both politics and the home front during that important chapter in history, the letters also demonstrated the strong intellectual and emotional bond the two of them shared, allowing historians a glimpse of just how influential Abigail was on her husband’s ideology and decision making. As the acclaimed historian Joseph Ellis noted, the nearly 1200 letters between the couple "constituted a treasure trove of unexpected intimacy and candor, more revealing than any other correspondence between a prominent American husband and wife in American history."

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Abigail Adams looks at the life and career of one of America’s greatest First Ladies, but it also humanizes the woman who helped balance and guide her mercurial husband throughout his lengthy political career. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in her life, you will learn about Abigail like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016759951
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 05/17/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 949,207
File size: 890 KB

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smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is a short history of Abigail Adams. She is interesting. She and John were committed to one another. He listened to her even if he did not always follow her advice. She was a strong woman who raised their children and ran their farm while John was away on business or politics. I am fascinated by her, the more so because she was largely home-schooled and self-taught. She was not the norm for those times.