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Abigail and John AdamsThe Americanization of Sensibility$
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G. J. Barker-Benfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226037431

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

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 language to express their feelings, particularly about their being apart. It examines how Abigail and John perpetuated conventional meanings of language about emotions and put them to their own use, and analyzes the emergence and Americanization of the culture expressed by the language of sensibility.

Keywords:   letters, John Adams, Abigail Adams, American Revolution, Americanization, language of sensibility

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