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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


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


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


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


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