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A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0007
A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

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This chapter, which focuses on Abigail Adams' painful pleasure in her sensibility and her calls on John Adams to show more of it, describes Abigail's refined sensibility and how she described to John a process whereby she unconsciously gave way to overwhelming emotion in the aftermath of her mother's death. It contends that Abigail believed that her freedom of feeling and its expression were superior to John's restraint on the basis of his declared prudence in his public life.

Keywords: Abigail Adams; sensibility; John Adams; mother's death; freedom of feeling; public life

Chapter.  10402 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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