Copyright National Humanities Center, In correspondence with her husband John as he and other leaders were framing a government for the United States, Abigail Adams — argued that the laws of the new nation should recognize women as something more than property and protect them from the arbitrary and unrestrained power men held over them. Find more correspondence at Founders Online from the National Archives. For more information on text complexity see these resources from achievethecore. In the Text Analysis section, Tier 2 vocabulary words are defined in pop-ups, and Tier 3 words are explained in brackets. Click here for standards and skills for this lesson.
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Of all the words that spilled from Abigail Adams' pen, none are more famous than those of March 31, Revolutionary Rhetoric If the legal lot of women was not improved, Abigail continued, " A Feminist Point of View? It is difficult to know exactly, but it is safe to say that Abigail was not a feminist in the contemporary sense, nor was she advocating women's suffrage, although many historians have ascribed that meaning to her words. Her letter, however, remains remarkable.
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Remembering the Ladies. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. The words of Abigail Adams would echo through American history, a rallying cry for other activists who believed in the equality of the sexes.
Abigail Adams "Remember the Ladies" letter A reproduction of the handwritten letter is available here. I wish you would ever write me a Letter half as long as I write you; and tell me if you may where your Fleet are gone? What sort of Defence Virginia can make against our common Enemy? Whether it is so situated as to make an able Defence? Are not the Gentery Lords and the common people vassals, are they not like the uncivilized Natives Brittain represents us to be? I hope their Riffel Men who have shewen themselves very savage and even Blood thirsty; are not a specimen of the Generality of the people. I am willing to allow the Colony great merrit for having produced a Washington but they have been shamefully duped by a Dunmore. I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for Liberty cannot be Eaquelly Strong in the Breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow Creatures of theirs.