The Resource Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters, Diane Jacobs

Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters, Diane Jacobs

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Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters
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Dear Abigail
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the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters
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Diane Jacobs
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eng
Summary
"'Never sisters loved each other better than we.'--Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776. Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years. Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the close-knit daughters of a minister and his wife. When the sisters moved away from one another, they relied on near-constant letters--from what John Adams called their 'elegant pen'--to buoy them through pregnancies, illnesses, grief, political upheaval, and, for Abigail, life in the White House. Infusing her writing with rich historical perspective and detail, Jacobs offers fascinating insight into these progressive women's lives: oldest sister Mary, who became de facto mayor of her small village; youngest sister Betsy, an aspiring writer who, along with her husband, founded the second coeducational school in the United States; and middle child Abigail, who years before becoming First Lady ran the family farm while her husband served in the Continental Congress, first in Philadelphia, and was then sent to France and England, where she joined him at last. This engaging narrative traces the sisters' lives from their childhood sibling rivalries to their eyewitness roles during the American Revolution and their adulthood as outspoken wives and mothers. They were women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality between the sexes. Drawing from newly discovered correspondence, never-before-published diaries, and archival research, Dear Abigail is a fascinating front-row seat to history--and to the lives of three exceptional women who were influential during a time when our nation's democracy was just taking hold"--
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contains biographical information
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Jacobs, Diane
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
E322.1.A38
LC item number
J33 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Adams, Abigail
  • Cranch, Mary Smith
  • Peabody, Elizabeth Smith Shaw
  • Adams, Abigail
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Sisters
  • Sisters
  • Women
  • Women
  • United States
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Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters, Diane Jacobs
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [439]-478) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Never sisters loved each other better than we" -- "Oppression is enough to make a wise people mad" -- "Sister delegate" -- "Something great is daily expected" -- "A solemn scene of joy" -- "The heart which is susceptible to all the finer sensations is ever subject to the deepest wounds" -- "The steel and the magnet" -- "How many how various how complicated my sensations!" -- "A joy in which our reason plays no part is but a sorrow" -- "The die is cast" -- "The disunited State of America" -- "With much joy and pleasure" -- "The most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived" -- "Too painful to think upon" -- "Second to no man but Washington" -- "Yours are mine and mine are yours" -- "One of Sister Cranchs letters is worth a half dozen of others" -- "Always I hope for the best"
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xii, 499 pages
Isbn
9780345465061
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(hardback)
Lccn
2014002158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical table
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  • 4339515-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4339515
  • (Sirsi) o846889300
  • (OCoLC)846889300
Label
Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters, Diane Jacobs
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [439]-478) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Never sisters loved each other better than we" -- "Oppression is enough to make a wise people mad" -- "Sister delegate" -- "Something great is daily expected" -- "A solemn scene of joy" -- "The heart which is susceptible to all the finer sensations is ever subject to the deepest wounds" -- "The steel and the magnet" -- "How many how various how complicated my sensations!" -- "A joy in which our reason plays no part is but a sorrow" -- "The die is cast" -- "The disunited State of America" -- "With much joy and pleasure" -- "The most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived" -- "Too painful to think upon" -- "Second to no man but Washington" -- "Yours are mine and mine are yours" -- "One of Sister Cranchs letters is worth a half dozen of others" -- "Always I hope for the best"
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xii, 499 pages
Isbn
9780345465061
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014002158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical table
System control number
  • 4339515-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4339515
  • (Sirsi) o846889300
  • (OCoLC)846889300

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