Hi guys! I had to due a research paper for school and I thought I would share it with you! Sooo…with out further ado here it is.
Edited first draft
Abigail Adams was born in a time when education did not exist for women. Despite this fact her mother taught her and her two sisters to read, write, and cipher. Abigail’s interest in politics and learning was sparked by the large libraries that were owned by her father and grandfather.
She met John Adams when she was in her late teens, when he accompanied his friend Richard Cranch,who would later marry Abigail’s sister Mary,to the Smith’s home. Although John Adams was her third cousin he paid little attention to her before, as he was ten years older. John was captured by Abigail’s whit and intelligence. They started their life-long letter writing during their courtship. John often addressed his letters to Abigail as “Miss Adorable.”
Her father approved of the match, but her mother was skeptical, because John was just a simple, young, country lawyer. Little did she know that he would become the President of the United States. She eventually consented and they were married in 1764. Through Abigail’s letters to her husband we can see him seeking her counsel on many different topics. She served as his unofficial adviser throughout her life. John Adams discussed nearly every important problem with her, and most often followed her advise.
Many believe it was due to Abigail’s support that John Adams was able to rise to the postion of President of the United States.
She gave birth to six children, one of which was John Quincy Adams, future sixth President of the United States. Although uncommon for women of the time, Abigail ran the family farm while John was off building his career as a lawyer. Some of his cases were in Maine and other parts of New England. He was often gone for months at a time.As his career prospered, he spent less time at home. Abigail’s management of the farm and his law career supported the growing family
With the Revolution just beginning, Abigail was essentially left alone to run the home alone for ten years while John served his country. Although he was not there much of their married life, her letters show how their relationship remained very strong.
She took an active role in politics and policy. She was so politically active, her opponents came to refer to her as “Mrs. President.” As John’s confidant, Abigail was often well informed on issues facing her husband’s administration, at times including details of current events that even the public was not aware of.
Abigail Adams was also a strong advocate for women’s rights, once writing to her husband, “I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors … Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no Voice, or Representation.” Her husband replied joking of his fear of the “ Despotism of the petticoat.” Another time she wrote,“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen, and philosophers,we should have learned women.”
Abigail died at the age of 73 on October 28, 1818 from typhoid fever. Her last words were to John, “Do not grieve, my friend, my dearest friend. I am ready to go. And John, it will not be long.”
The legacy that Abigail Adams left through her letters was one that should be heeded as an example that all women today should follow. Her loyalty to her husband and country through her actions is obvious. As her son wrote in his journal, “There is not a virtue that can abide in the female heart but it was the ornament of hers. She had been fifty-four years the delight of my father’s heart, the sweetener of all his toils, the comforter of all his sorrows, the sharer and heightener of all his joys. It was but the last time when I saw my father that he told me… that through all the good report and evil report of the world, in all his struggles and in all his sorrows, the affectionate participation and cheering encouragement of his wife had been his never-failing support, without which he was sure he should never have lived through them.”
Well that’s it…. Is there any suggestions you would make for improving it? Until I see you again…Have a wonderful day!!