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The Meanings of Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter, which describes the conventional meanings of the language of sensibility held by John and Abigail Adams, their circle and other Americans, analyzes the Adamses' view on the effects of ... More


Calling the Family Together

Cynthia Grant Tucker

in No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195390209
eISBN:
9780199866670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The scene is St. Louis, where William Greenleaf Eliot (1811–1887) has brought his bride, Abigail Adams Cranch (1817–1908), the namesake of her great aunt who lived in the White House. Raising a ... More


A Reformed Rake?

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter, which focuses on the correspondence of Nabby Adams, eldest daughter of John and Abigail Adams, with Royall Tyler Jr., explains that Tyler first entered Nabby's correspondence in 1781 as ... More


The Metropolitan Sources of the Adamses' Views of Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter examines the metropolitan sources of John and Abigail Adams' views about sensibility. It describes the relevant features of liberalized Protestantism absorbed by the Adamses and their ... More


Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter examines Abigail Adams' views about public and private life. It shows that the language of sensibility supplied Abigail with the means to protest the suffering that John's absence had ... More


Introduction

Sarah M. S. Pearsall

in Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199532995
eISBN:
9780191714443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532995.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the most famous letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, in which she exhorted him to ‘remember the ladies’. The chapter places this letter in ... More


A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter, which focuses on Abigail Adams' painful pleasure in her sensibility and her calls on John Adams to show more of it, describes Abigail's refined sensibility and how she described to John ... More


Raising Children With Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter examines how John and Abigail Adams raised their children with sensibility. It describes John's fathering from a distance and Abigail's management of the household with aesthetic and ... More


Introduction

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams during the American Revolution. The book focuses on how the Adamses used ... More


Sensibility and Reform

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter, which focuses on Abigail Adams' March 31, 1776 letter to John Adams titled “Remember the Ladies,” suggests that this letter is Abigail's continuing wish for more sensibility from John. ... More


Adult Independence and Thelimits of Revolution

Corinne T. Field

in The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469618142
eISBN:
9781469618166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618142.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines how female intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic began to fight for a woman's right to govern herself. With the American and French Revolutions as background, it discusses ... More


Three Stories Of Friendship

Cassandra A. Good

in Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199376179
eISBN:
9780199376209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376179.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Social History

Chapter 1 charts the friendships of three pairs of mixed-sex friends: Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams; Eloise Payne and William Ellery Channing; and Charles Loring and Mary Pierce. All three pairs ... More


Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

G. J. Barker-Benfield

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

During the many years that they were separated by the perils of the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams exchanged hundreds of letters. Writing to each other of public events and private ... More


Young American Women Enter the World

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter focuses on the period when young women in British America began to enjoy heterosocial mingling beyond the domestic circle. Their actions provoked similar reactions as those in Britain, ... More


The Power of Friendship

Cassandra A. Good

in Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199376179
eISBN:
9780199376209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376179.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Social History

In an era before a true two-party system, personal interactions were central to the workings of political life, offering both men and women additional opportunities for access and influence. Requests ... More


Social Circles and the Reformation of Female Manners

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter, which examines the views of John and Abigail Adams on social circles and the reformation of female manners, explains that in the late seventeenth century, women in Britain initiated the ... More


Abigail Smith Adams (1744–1818)

Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton (eds)

in Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199743483
eISBN:
9780190252830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, Women's Literature

A diplomat and political thinker from Massachusetts, Abigail Smith Adams and her husband, the American statesman John Adams (1735–1826), experienced the gender contradictions of the American ... More


The Theory of Gendered Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226037431
eISBN:
9780226037448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter provides an account of the gendering of Reverend James Fordyce's theory of sensibility in his book titled Sermons to Young Women, which was greatly admired by Abigail Adams. It suggests ... More


Introduction

Lisa L. Moore and Joanna Brooks

in Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199743483
eISBN:
9780190252830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, Women's Literature

This book brings together the voices and writings of English-speaking women that circulated around the North Atlantic during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. From Abigail Adams and Nanye’hi ... More


The Gifts of Friendship

Cassandra A. Good

in Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199376179
eISBN:
9780199376209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376179.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Social History

As with letters, friends who gave gifts were offering a version of a virtuous self as well as conveying affection. The dynamics of gift exchange differed greatly, however. One letter prompted another ... More


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