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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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Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private

Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private

(p.207) Chapter 8 Abigail's Perspective, Public versus Private
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Abigail Adams' views about public and private life. It shows that the language of sensibility supplied Abigail with the means to protest the suffering that John's absence had caused her as well as to attempt to reconcile herself to it. The chapter also contends that Abigail was not oblivious to the fact that ambition and self-interest could motivate men to take part in public life.

Keywords:   Abigail Adams, public life, private life, language of sensibility, self-interest

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