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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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Raising Children With Sensibility

Raising Children With Sensibility

(p.291) Chapter 11 Raising Children With Sensibility
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

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 financial skills to make the best of consumption. The chapter explains that Abigail's parenting was influenced by the works of Reverend James Fordyce and Lord Kames, and describes her attempt to instill sensibility into her sons.

Keywords:   parenting, sensibility, Abigail Adams, John Adams, financial skills, James Fordyce, Lord Kames

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