Primary Source Analysis Content and Context 1. Who is the author of the primary source? What do you know about the author that may shape his/her perspective? The author of the primary source is Mary Smith Cranch. Mary Smith Cranch is the sister of Abigail Adams. Abigail Adams was a women’s activist during the after-war period, and Mary Smith was writing letters to her. So, this can tell us that her perspective would also be similar to Abigail’s. She is most likely a proponent of women’s rights and is politically active. 2. Who is the intended audience of the primary source? The intended audience is Abigail Adams, Mary Smith’s sister. 3. Where and when was the primary source created? The source was created in 1786-87. The place where the letter was written isn’t specified, but it looks like she wrote it in Massachusetts or the New England area as she talked about the Massachusetts government and the Shays’ Rebellion which also happened in Massachusetts. 4. Describe the historical context. What was happening during this event or time period?