- Books

Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

Dear Abigail The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters For readers of the historical works of Robert K Massie David McCulough and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters Never sisters loved each other better th

  • Title: Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters
  • Author: Diane Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9780345465061
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For readers of the historical works of Robert K Massie, David McCulough, and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters Never sisters loved each other better than we Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail But few knowFor readers of the historical works of Robert K Massie, David McCulough, and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters Never sisters loved each other better than we Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the close knit daughters of a minister and his wife When the sisters moved away from one another, they relied on near constant letters from what John Adams called their elegant pen to buoy them through pregnancies, illnesses, grief, political upheaval, and, for Abigail, life in the White House Infusing her writing with rich historical perspective and detail, Jacobs offers fascinating insight into these progressive women s lives oldest sister Mary, who became de facto mayor of her small village youngest sister Betsy, an aspiring writer who, along with her husband, founded the second coeducational school in the United States and middle child Abigail, who years before becoming First Lady ran the family farm while her husband served in the Continental Congress, first in Philadelphia, and was then sent to France and England, where she joined him at last This engaging narrative traces the sisters lives from their childhood sibling rivalries to their eyewitness roles during the American Revolution and their adulthood as outspoken wives and mothers They were women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality between the sexes Drawing from newly discovered correspondence, never before published diaries, and archival research, Dear Abigail is a fascinating front row seat to history and to the lives of three exceptional women who were influential during a time when our nation s democracy was just taking hold.

    Dear Abigail The Intimate Lives and Advance praise for Dear Abigail In a beautifully wrought narrative, Diane Jacobs has brought the high spirited, hyperarticulate Smith sisters, and the early years of Dear Abby Dear Abby is an American advice column founded in by Pauline Phillips under the pen name Abigail Van Buren and carried on today by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now owns the legal rights to the pen name. The Best of Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren The Best of Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The most provocative letters and wittiest, wisest responses to appear in Dear Abby s twenty five years of syndication provide a running commentary on the main personal and public issues and the changing s of the times Dear Abby uexpress October , Opposites Share Long Marriage Despite Leading Separate Lives DEAR ABBY I have been married for years Although my husband and I are both positive people, we have not had a Abigail s Hotel Hotels in Victoria BC Canada Abigail s Hotel is a unique accommodation experience that blurs the lines between a small luxury hotel and a heritage bed and breakfast Inn Abigail s is an adult only, intimate room property that is housed in a s Tudor mansion Its special atmosphere blends the romance and charm of the past with the comfort and convenience of modern accommodation. Abigail Washburn home about news tour videos releases lyrics collaborations silk road special projects Abigail Name Meaning Origin Baby Name Wizard Origin of the name Abigail From the Hebrew Avigayil, which is derived from avigayil father of exaltation, father is rejoicing The name was borne in the Bible by one of the wives of King David. Issues Abigail Spanberger Issues Healthcare I will work to ensure that every person has quality, affordable healthcare No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the care, medication, or life saving treatments they need No Abigail Savage Abigail Savage, Actress Orange Is the New Black Abigail Savage is known for her work on Orange Is the New Black , Precious and Half Nelson . Abigail A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains Marg Mowczko Abigail was a smart, strong woman whose story is recorded in Samuel in the Bible She is one of many prophetic women who God used for his purposes.

    • ¿ Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ Diane Jacobs
      153 Diane Jacobs
    • thumbnail Title: ¿ Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ Diane Jacobs
      Posted by:Diane Jacobs
      Published :2018-07-24T23:43:27+00:00

    1 thought on “Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

    1. A biography for Jane Austen fans. Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs reminds me of Jane Austen with its concern for courting and marriage during a period of primogeniture and limited opportunities for women outside of marriage. Even more is the multi-generational feminine point of view, and the women with self-awareness, intelligence, and wit. Abigail and her two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, could easily assume their roles in any Jane Austen novel. They are the women, all Jane Austen readers imagined [...]

    2. Reading historical biographies has become my favorite way to get the sense of an era, and for that the lengthy but aptly titled Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters Tells Part of the Story of the American Revolution has a lot to offer. Abigail Adams, the wife of the second US president John Adams, was the middle of three very close sisters who corresponded whenever they were apart, leaving plenty of source material about their l [...]

    3. A tedious reading exercise. After some reflection, I stand by my first comment. However, I will admit that there's a lot of really good content in this book. In my opinion, the author tried to include too much beyond the scope of the stated intent vis-à-vis the title of the book. Not only was the scope too wide, but the depth of information was too detailed. I learned way more about Parson Wibird, a very minor character, than I ever will need to know.

    4. Loved this book. The history is phenomenal. The exchange throughout the book is exactly from the time it's set.

    5. The life of Abigail (Smith) Adams is certainly fascinating and should make for an exciting read; hopes were high when I picked up Dear Abigail. Abigail, along with her two sisters Mary and Elizabeth, grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The daughters of a minister and his wife the three girls were very close as children and maintained a close relationship through adulthood by writing letters. It is these letters that forms the foundation of Diane Jacobs’ biography. While Dear Abigail is informa [...]

    6. I read this for a few reasons that differ, I think, from other readers. First I enjoy history and reading about important and influential authors of history. Abigail Adams has influenced me since I read "John Adams" by David Mcullough. I have tried to find books that expound on her life in an interesting way and have failed until this book. Second, having 7 sisters myself, I wanted to learn from these revolutionary sisters. How great it is that they wrote each other as faithfully as they could m [...]

    7. A very, very good history book. Jacobs did a very good job of not forcing her slant and thoughts into the book most of the time. There were only a couple of points where I got the feeling she was trying to push anti-religion or opinions of intimacy where their was little to nothing back it up, but this is still one of the best books on Abigail Adams (and her sisters) I have ever read or think I will ever read. Highly recommend this book for older readers because (view spoiler)[there were a coupl [...]

    8. Abbey's RoadJohn Adams was the second President of the United States of America. Though his face isn't found on any of the coins of our realm, and doesn't grace any currency he was an important figure in the founding of our great nation. The faces of our first and third Presidents, Washington and Jefferson, can be found on our money. Other founding fathers were commemorated though they never reached the rank of President, such as Alexander Hamilton or Benjamin Franklin. But John Adams was nevert [...]

    9. First, I am a big fan of Abigail Adams (I won almost every book on her). This was a great read, but quite dense. It rook me a longer time to finish the book. Set in the Revolutionary era, we see three Smith sisters of Weymouth, Mass were inseparable growing up under their minister father and thrifty, charitable mother, and they were remarkably well-educated, as demonstrated by the copious, frequent letters they exchanged throughout their long lives. The letters allow readers to plunge into the v [...]

    10. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is more than just an annotated collection of letters. While the correspondence between Abigail Smith Adams and her sisters and other family members provides the principal source material, Diane Jacobs has shaped this material into a charming group biography of Mary, Abigail and Elizabeth and their spouses and children, all of whom emerge as unique individuals. The family story also reflects the events, large and small, that shaped their society a [...]

    11. A GoodReads FirstReads (ARC) book for me. I received an advanced uncorrected proof through the GoodReads giveaways. Each time I read more of Abigail & John Adams, my admiration for this couple increases. They were prodigious letter writers to the delight of us in these days. Not perfect people, but great people as founders of our United States. Ms. Jacobs does an admirable job on this book. If you have not read anything about the Adams this is a great place to begin. Very readable and intere [...]

    12. Amazing book, amazing women.Mary, Abigail, and Elizabeth Smith were women before their time. Mind you, they would have been amazing if they lived in any time period, and I can only imagine what they would have been like in the 21st Century. I am a great fan of the epistolary style, and I was not disappointed in how the author wove her book around the letters exchanged by the three sisters. The story of the young United States is also told here, and the sisters and their families play important r [...]

    13. This is a more difficult read with many hand written letters and resource references, and not a book you can fly browse. These women led fairly complicated lives, with many roles taken on for husbands that had to be else where for years at a time. And often with sickness within the family, a major concern or including repeated cases of tragic sadness and loss. And yet the energy levels, aspirations and physical world accomplishments!

    14. Really enjoyed this, as easy to read as a novel. A glimpse into the time of the American revolution, George Washington, and of course John Adams' presidency, as well as life in New England in general at the end of the 18th century, through the eyes of three strong, intelligent women (who wrote a lot of letters!).

    15. I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK,I JUST COULDNT GET INTO READING IT AFTER A COUPLE CHAPTERS,I HAVE PASSED IT ON TO SOME FRIENDS I HOPE THEY ENJOY THE BOOK.I RECIEVED THIS BOOK THROUGH THE FIRST RAD GIVE A WAY PROGRAM

    16. Dear Abigail was immensely interesting to read. The excerpts from the Smith sisters' letters, strung together so nicely by Jacobs' commentary, make early American history all the accessible. Like any history book, it could be slow at times, but it is definitely worth the read.

    17. Pretty decent read but it strayed from the promised concept of focusing on the sisters in favor of Abigail and John's story - in fact, the author chose to end the story when John's presidency ended. As if that was the most important part of Abigail Adams's life. *eye roll*

    18. I learned a lot about women's private lives in this time period but I didn't find the "story" that compelling.

    19. In Dear Abigail: the Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters, Author Diane Jacobs chronicles, through their own letters, the lives of Abigail Adams and her two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. This book gives the reader an intimate look into the lives of those who made history in colonial America. Each sister from childhood displays her own independent personality and yet the three were inseparable. Every stage of life is recorded and every emotion expr [...]

    20. Based largely on the women’s own diaries and letters, Diane Jacobs has done some meticulous research into the lives of three sisters – Abigail Adams, whose husband became the second president of the new United States, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw. The bond between the three was a deep and loving one and forced apart by circumstances, usually beyond their control, they wrote endless letters to each other, most of which have survived. They were all accomplished, well-educated and strong wome [...]

    21. Over the years I've read books about the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers, but not much about "the women behind the men". So, when I saw this book I was intrigued. Abigail, her older sister Mary Cranch and her younger sister Elizabeth Shaw/Peabody were well educated and intelligent women with strong opinions about a variety of topics: including politics, women’s rights and education. They were raised in close-knit family in Puritan New England but circumstances separated them geograp [...]

    22. Abigail Adams, wife to Founding Father John Adams, is well documented for having a rich letter correspondence with her husband, but not much has been written about the equally rich letters which were sent amongst Abigail and her two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. Dear Abigail chronicles these in a vivid and memorable narrative. Each woman becomes a distinct character to the reader; Mary, the motherly one who works tirelessly to keep her family above poverty; Elizabeth, the spunky younger sister wh [...]

    23. While most history books give in depth coverage of the political and military events of the time, with just a nod to everyday life, this one is just the opposite. It is primarily about the everyday lives of Abigail Adams and her two sisters, as told through their letters, with just enough history thrown in to give the reader context for their lives.I enjoyed the book, but kept wishing for more extensive quotes from their letters. On more than one occasion I thought of "A Midwife's Tale" by Laure [...]

    24. Diane Jacobs has exhaustively researched Abigail Smith Adams and her sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, and produced a biographical tale that recounts the lives of the three women, their extended families, and a detailed picture of the political, cultural, and economic times of the coming of the American Revolution, the lengthy war, the establishment of the United States and the early years of the new country.Jacobs has not invented dialogue but instead has used extensive quotes from diaries, journals [...]

    25. Excellent biography of Abigail Adams and her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. The book is largely based on the many letters the sisters wrote to each other, and to other members of their large family. There was some sibling rivalry, but mostly these three were constant and loving supporters of each other throughout their lives. The book tells us about their intellectual development along with their quotidian lives. All three, beginning in childhood and throughout their lives, wer [...]

    26. I just finished reading, "Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters," and heartily recommend this book to anyone who would like a female perspective on the interesting times in American history leading up the the Revolutionary War throughout John Adams presidency. We learn so much about the great men of these times (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc) yet nary a word about the women of these times who made it pos [...]

    27. This is the kind of book that makes history come alive: through the medium of their letters historical characters are truly grasped and history itself is far better understood than from a dry recitation of facts. I appreciated the American revolution and the early days of independence far better after reading this.The book is well structured - if overlong and sometimes more detailed than necessary about minor figures, although even these can be fascinating - and beautifully written. I did wonder [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *