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Title Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters / Diane Jacobs.
Author Jacobs, Diane.
Summary "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 1776 Much 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. 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 the American republic, to rich, luminous life. A stunning, sensitive work of history."--Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra "Jacobs is a superb storyteller. In this sweeping narrative about family and friendship during the American Revolution, Abigail Adams emerges as one of the great political heroines of the eighteenth century. I fell in love with her all over again."--Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire. "Beauty, brains, and breeding--Elizabeth, Abigail, and Mary had them all. This absorbing history shows how these close-knit and well-educated daughters of colonial America become women of influence in the newly begotten United States. Jacobs's feel for the period is confident; so is her appreciation of the nuances of character."--Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage"-- Provided by publisher.
BIBLIOG. Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-442) and index.
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8 holds on first copy returned of 19 copies
1 copy being processed for Koelbel Biography.
1 copy being processed for Smoky Hill Biography.
1 copy being processed for Castlewood Biography.
1 copy being processed for May Biography.
1 copy being processed for Southglenn Biographies and Memoirs.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Castlewood.
1 copy being processed for Xpress at Davies.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at May.
1 copy being processed for Xpress at Kelver.
3 copies being processed for Xpress at Koelbel.
3 copies being processed for Xpress at Smoky Hill.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Southglenn.
1 copy being processed for Xpress at Sheridan.

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Location Call # Status
 Castlewood Biography  B ADAMS  DUE 08-08-14
 Castlewood Biography  B ADAMS  ON HOLDSHELF
 Koelbel Biography  B ADAMS  DUE 08-18-14
 Smoky Hill Biography  B ADAMS  DUE 07-24-14
 Southglenn Biographies and Memoirs  B ADAMS  DUE 08-13-14
 Xpress at Davies  B ADAMS  ON SHELF
 Xpress at Kelver  B ADAMS  ON SHELF
 Xpress at Koelbel  B ADAMS  Come to Koelbel
 Xpress at Koelbel  B ADAMS  ON SHELF
 Xpress at Koelbel  B ADAMS  ON SHELF

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