Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles

By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s concerns and historical past is obvious on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with realizing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her therapy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
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“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the ebook is a powerful addition to the nation’s written history.”
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Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No usual Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the USA, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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But Sam and John were studies in contrast, as John once observed. Sam was not concerned about his career; he was, in fact, a failure in all of his business enterprises. Nor did he weigh the consequences of his ideological commitment on his family, who became impoverished. John observed Sam’s irresponsibility but could not admire it. John returned from his visit to the springs refreshed. In fact, he couldn’t wait to get home. He resumed his legal practice, hoping to slow its pace, and began several farming projects.

He needed to rescue White. With an equally angry crowd surrounding his barracks, how could he send a rescue mission to the courthouse where Private White had retreated? Every option that he considered had risks. Finally, he called out eight of his largest grenadiers and arranged them by twos, “muskets shouldered with fixed bayonets,” and with himself as leader, he marched them through the crowd to the courthouse. There, lined up with their backs to the building for protection, stood the grenadiers, pelted by jeers—“fire you bastards, fire”—snow, ice, and sticks.

T H E A DA M SE S R E M A I N E D IN BR A I N T R E E FOR A Y E A R A N D A H A L F. But more and more of John’s practice required his commute to Boston, so in the fall of 1772 he purchased a house in Boston, on Queen Street. He resolved not to meddle “with public Affairs of Town or Province. . I will devote myself wholly to my private Business, my Office and my farm,” he assured his diary. ” Abigail stayed behind in Braintree, where in September she gave birth to Thomas, the last of the Adams children who would survive.

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