Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution [SCM]

by Natalie S. Bober Author

(From Amazon): Abigail Adams is often referred to as the wife of one president and the mother of another. Rarely is she described as a woman in her own right. Although her primary focus and concerns were in her role as wife and mother, she lives in history because of her extraordinary letters to her family and to her friends. She was a witness to the gathering storm of the Revolutionary War. She saw the Battle of Bunker Hill from a hilltop near her home, and soldiers marching past her door frequently stopped for a drink of water. Because she was so close to the scene, she was able to give firsthand reports of the American Revolution to her husband and other leaders creating a new government, as she wrote about the times and the people who played vital roles in the birth of our nation. Mingling the intimate with the momentous, she documented what it was like to live at a time when education was not available to young women, and when pregnancy and childbirth meant the fear of death. Colonial women were called upon to make life-and-death decisions for their children, to educate their daughters, and to run their farms when their husbands were away for months, or sometimes for years, at a time. Yet they had, at best, second-class legal and political status. Abigail Adams's independent spirit, her sense of humor, and her remarkable intellect, as shown in her letters, open a wide window on a crucial period in our nation's history, and bring Abigail Adams and her time to life.


Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
4th - 10th
Geographical Setting
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Historical Setting
1744 - 1818
Simon Pulse
1st Aladdin Paperback Ed.: Feb. 1998


  • 1 a very incorrect writer
  • 2 Ballast is what I want
  • 3 You make take me
  • 4 the weaker sex
  • 5 I should . . . have been a rover
  • 6 The flame is kindled
  • 7 Partner in all the Joys and Sorrows
  • 8 I want some sentimental Effusions of the Heart
  • 9 Mrs. Delegate
  • 10 Remember the Ladies
  • 11 I want a companion a Nights
  • 12 to rob me of all my happiness
  • 13 And shall I see his face again?
  • 14 Who shall give me back Time?
  • 15 safely landed
  • 16 one of the choice ones of the earth
  • 17 the three-fold cord
  • 18 You, I must and will have
  • 19 a jewel of great price
  • 20 Splendid Misery
  • 21 If man is Lord, woman is Lordess
  • 22 young Shoots and Branches
  • 23 What have I not lost
  • 24 Dearest Friend

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