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Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility

G. J. Barker-Benfield

Abstract

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 feelings, loyalty and love, revolution and parenting, they wove a tapestry of correspondence that has become a cherished part of American history and literature. With Abigail and John Adams, this book mines those familiar letters to a new purpose: teasing out the ways in which they reflected—and helped transform—a language of sensibility, inherited from Britain but, amid the revolutionary fervor, becomi ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, John Adams, Abigail Adams, language of sensibility, Descartes, Locke, Adam Smith, moral sense, letters, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226037431
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. J. Barker-Benfield, author