4. Describe the historical context. What was happening during this event or time period? The time period the letters were written is the post-war period. During this time, the country was developing its own Declaration and laws. It was a time when the country was reconstructed. Many new liberties were added to the constitution and people were still fighting to gain rights. Even though the Revolution against the British was over, it was just the beginning of the internal revolution. Infer: Message/Argument What sentiment (attitude or feeling) do you think the author is trying to convey through the source? What, based on the source, can you infer about the historical event or time period? Mary Smith Cranch is trying to convey a feeling of concern through her letters to her sister, Abigail Adams. In all of the letters, she is talking about political matters and the nation’s affairs such as the legislation, foreign policy, women’s rights, and the Shays’ Rebellion. In her letter on 10 July 1786, Mary Smith says, “Thus do they spend their time in curtailing tea tables, while they are suffering thousand to be wrested from them for want of giving ampler powers to Congress. It is dreadful for those who see the necessity of different measures.” She expresses her concern about the different difficulties the government seems to be facing during the time. She also believes, that as the wife of a senator, she should not just standby and watch, but in fact, all women should participate in politics. During the post-war period, even though it was a celebratory time after gaining independence, the country was also facing difficulties during the same time. The government had to make decisions about what to put in the Constitution, and how to reconstruct the government to avoid the abuse of power. Women and African Americans were still fighting for basic rights such as freedom from the slave owners and the right to vote.