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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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The Pleasures and Pains of Public Life

The Pleasures and Pains of Public Life

(p.267) Chapter 10 The Pleasures and Pains of Public Life
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which focuses on John Adams' self-conception as “a man of feeling” and his apparent ambivalence over public versus private, explains that Adams represented himself to his friends as a man who could give way to feeling and found noteworthy those men who showed the characteristics of sensibility. It also describes Adams' expression of his conflict over public versus private life to his wife and his explanation for his absence to his daughter.

Keywords:   John Adams, man of feeling, public life, private life, sensibility

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