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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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A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility

(p.165) Chapter 6 A Woman's Struggle over Sensibility
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which focuses on Abigail Adams' painful pleasure in her sensibility and her calls on John Adams to show more of it, describes Abigail's refined sensibility and how she described to John a process whereby she unconsciously gave way to overwhelming emotion in the aftermath of her mother's death. It contends that Abigail believed that her freedom of feeling and its expression were superior to John's restraint on the basis of his declared prudence in his public life.

Keywords:   Abigail Adams, sensibility, John Adams, mother's death, freedom of feeling, public life

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