Young American Women Enter the World

in Abigail and John Adams

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226037431
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037448 | DOI:
Young American Women Enter the World

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This chapter focuses on the period when young women in British America began to enjoy heterosocial mingling beyond the domestic circle. Their actions provoked similar reactions as those in Britain, and not without ambivalence. The chapter describes how John and Abigail Adams and their kin viewed and reacted to these circumstances, and also considers public pleasures for American women and the Adams family's thoughts about public heterosociality.

Keywords: young women; British America; heterosocial mingling; John Adams; Abigail Adams; public pleasures; public heterosociality

Chapter.  9029 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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