Alexis Austin

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Honors Thesis


Abigail Adams has been personified in a variety of ways since the publishing of the family letters by her grandson. The most common of these personifications today is Abigail as a revolutionary women who actively sought out the expansion of women’s rights into nontraditional roles of the time. Though it is true that Abigail was an avid supporter of female education, reading through her letters sent to family and friends reveal a different woman than some biographies portray. Abigail was a woman of wit, intelligence, kindness, as well as a jealous woman who often complained about her circumstances. Overall, Abigail’s letters display a complex woman who, in hindsight, we can consider a revolutionary woman but not an individual who would have considered herself as such.

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