What are some informative books to read about Abigail Adams?


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Some informative books to read about Abigail Adams include "Abigail Adams: An American Woman" by Charles W. Akers, "Portia: The World of Abigail Adams" by Edith B. Gelles and "Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by Charles Francis Adams. A more recent book, as of 2015, about Abigail Adams is "Abigail Adams" by Woody Holton, a professor of history at the University of Richmond.

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Holton's book has a narrative style that not only covers historical events but also explores the personality of Abigail Adams as the second First Lady of the United States and therefore something of a Founding Mother. She is portrayed in the book as a strong and opinionated woman, similar to but often more dominant than her husband, John Adams. The book also explores the strong and mutual affection that was present in her marriage.

Some other books to read about Abigail Adams include the following:

  • "The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784" by Abigail Adams
  • "The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams" by John Adams
  • "The Adams Women: Abigail and Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters" by Paul C. Nagel
  • "New Letters of Abigail Adams, 1788-1801" edited by Stewart Mitchell
  • "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation" by Robert Cokie
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