Abigail adams - Patrick Moran October 31st 2006 "Abigail...

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Patrick Moran October 31 st 2006 “Abigail Adams” Abigail Adams had a very unique (especially during her time period) life. She came from an upper-class, wealthy family. She was born November 23 rd , 1774, in Weymouth Mass. Her father, William Smith, was a graduate from Harvard and was a church minister of the North Parish Congregational Church and in spite of his devoutness refused to follow the new trend known as the Great Awakening that was spreading rapidly across the colonies. Her mother was also highly involved in her religion having family connections with the highest of Puritans. As she grew, she learned many things that shaped her opinion from her parents, and because she came from such a nice family with a lot of money she was well educated while at home compared to other women during her time. Her father let her and her siblings use all the books in his library. She became a well read young lady and strived to learn more as she grew older. Due to her family life and strong family she developed a firm sense of morals and values. She first met John Adam’s, also from a highly regarded family, at her sisters wedding but didn’t “click” at first. When they met later John had great respect for her intelligence and caring ideas. They married on October 25 th 1764, and settled down on a farm in Braintree where they had five children. John was frequently traveling in pursuit of a career as a lawyer so Abigail picked up the full burden of running the farm. Even with these separations their love for each other only grew stronger as the years went on. Due to Abigail’s upbringing she was very opinionated and was well endowed of speaking her mind. Most women’s lives were mapped out from start to end. Typically during the time period, girls were not educated except in the roles of women. 1
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“She must be expert in “the well-guiding of the house” and must demand truth, fidelity, diligence, and industry of her servants, While overseeing the household, however, she must always remember that her authority was subordinate to her husband’s” (Errico pg. 55) 1 . They were expected to learn of sewing, music, and hostessing. They were taught to be able to manage the household duties of a wife. In marriage she was expected to support and help her husband and keep a nice environment for him to return to. “They did not vote, hold office, or even attend town meetings. They existed in the private world of the family; they were domestic creatures who depended on fathers or husbands to represent them in the public sphere” 2 Abigail understood and recognized these views, but disagreed strongly with the role of women. She expected to share an equal part in educational and political views as men
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HIST 32.151 taught by Professor Martin during the Spring '08 term at Mass Colleges.

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