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

Jacobs, Diane. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780345465061
  • ISBN: 0345465067
  • Description: xii, 499 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]

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Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 973.44/Jacobs (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction E 322.1 .A38 J33 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Danvers Adult Nonfiction E 322.1 A38 J33 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction E 322.1 .A38 J33 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Biography BIO ADAMS, ABIGAIL 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
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Summary: "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."-- Provided by publisher.

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