Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

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  • When Abigail married John Adams she became a farm wife. However, John often had to be away from home, and Abigail had to take care of their farm’s affairs. To communicate with him, she sent him  letters that often expressed her patriotic opinions to him.
  • 1768
  • Abigail and John moved to Boston so John could be closer to work. The British then put a tax on tea and caused many protests in Boston. Abigail and John were happy about this because they thought it was a turning point for the revolution.
  • 1773
  • I see no way to avoid war...
  • John left for the first Continental Congress and Abigail sent him advice and updates on the movements of the troops in her letters. At this time she also wrote a letter to one of her dearest friends Mercy Warren. She told Mercy that she could see no way to avoid war. She was right.
  • 1774-1775
  • John left for a second Continental Congress where he was working with men from each of the thirteen colonies on a declaration of independence. Abigail wrote to John about what she hoped to see in a new American government. Abigail thought there should be no slavery and women should have equal rights to men. 
  • "I cannot but laugh"
  •  1776
  • John Adams sought peace with France Abigail Adams wanted to declare war on France  They compromised and solved the issues without declaring war
  • John Adams ran for president twice. When John ran a second time he won, but just barely. Abigail became sick many times during his presidency and often had to be away from John. He asked for her advice all the time and she influenced many of his decisions. When she was able to be with him they worked together on the Alien and Sedition Acts.
  •  1797-1799
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • “I have wrote many things to you that I suppose I never could have talk’d”
  • 1812-1816
  • Even after John lost his second term to Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams never stopped being involved with politics. When the war of 1812 was going on Abigail was very engaged. She always expressed her opinions to someone and helped encourage women to speak up.
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