Abigail Adams - 1 HI 251 October 8, 2007 Abigail Adams...

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HI 251 October 8, 2007 Abigail Adams Abigail Adams: A Revolutionary American Woman , was written by Charles W. Akers and taken from the Library of American Biography published by Pearson Longman. Akers is a history professor at Oakland University. In addition to Abigail Adams, he has also published Divine Politician: Samuel Cooper and the American Revolution in Boston. The book is presented chronologically and his largely based on primary sources, particularly the 2,000 plus letters written by Abigail over her lifetime along with the Adams family manuscripts. In this work, Akers portrays Adams as the true “Republican Woman”, a wife, mother, and First Lady; while at the same time, an activist for the education of women in a time dominated by men (ix). She was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of President John Quincy Adams. During her early years of marriage, patriots like John Adams were seeking to gain independence from Great Britain, on the grounds that America did not feel obligated to be ruled by another country when they did not agree to those terms to begin with. Abigail questioned this contradictory nature of the Continental Congress, presuming that they spoke for the entire nation, when in reality; women and slave’s views were not heard at all. She accepted the submissive roles and duties of women to their husbands and children of the time, but she refused to “accept the inferiority of the female intellect” and advocated the education of women and for their opinions to be heard (pg.218). Akers intends to show that Abigail did not merely stand in 1
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the shadows of her husband as First Lady, but took an active role in shaping our nation’s history by submitting her ideas and opinions to her husband, which he held with the highest regards. In the early chapters of the book, Akers presents a detailed family background of
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