Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private

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:
Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private

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This chapter examines Abigail Adams' views about public and private life. It shows that the language of sensibility supplied Abigail with the means to protest the suffering that John's absence had caused her as well as to attempt to reconcile herself to it. The chapter also contends that Abigail was not oblivious to the fact that ambition and self-interest could motivate men to take part in public life.

Keywords: Abigail Adams; public life; private life; language of sensibility; self-interest

Chapter.  15151 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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