><Abigail Adams><

<~>By Alyssa Vega<~>

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Abigail Adams's main influence on america was starting most of the ideas of equal rights between genders.

How did she start out?

Abigail Smith was born on November 11, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.Her parents were William Smith her Father and Elizabeth Quincy her Mother.Her father was a main influence on her. She mainly listened to her father talk politically and read and study books. Which gave her many of her thought on political outputs.

Childhood?

She was second born with one brother and three sisters. She didn't attend school which was common for most girls back then. Therefor she learned how to read and write at home. She was often in poor health or sickly. Since she was ill she never played cards, sang, or even danced.She was a devoted reader studying William Shakespeare and John Milton. She learned about equal rights between races and gender(women rights).

Who did she marry?

On October 25, 1764 Abigail Smith became Abigail Adams by marring John Adams .Since they had three sons and two daughters she was often left at home caring for them and the family farm.While John was away doing work they would send letters(total of 1,100 letters) between each other.She often gave her opinion on political problems and being his unofficial adviser. While he was helping with the deceleration she told him to "Remember the ladies"

Her thoughts on women rights?

She often told her husband "Remember the ladies,and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” and "be more generous and favorable to [the Ladies] than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation . . ."
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Abigail Adams Was Brilliant

Her life as first lady?

She did not look forward to becoming the First Lady. Abigail preferred to remain at home. She had friends and family, including a sister, in or near Quincy, and she worried about the health of the farm. Nevertheless, she accepted her role as First Lady and prepared herself for a role she believed "require[d] courage and firmness, wisdom and temperance, patience and forbearance." She still continued to lobby for improvement in female education and battle the assumed "inferiority of women." She also said "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or representation.”

Her Ending?

After John losing his second run for president she looked forward to returning with her husband to Quincy and to retirement and fervently believed that the "short remainder of my days will be the happiest of my life. I consider my retirement as a favor." and " The consequence to us, personally, is, that we retire from public life. For myself…I have few regrets. At my age, and with my bodily infirmities, I shall be happier at Quincy. Neither my habits, nor my education, or inclinations have led me to an expensive style of living, so that on that score I have little to mourn over. If I did not rise with dignity, I can at least fall with ease, which is the more difficult task…I feel not any resentment against those who are coming into power… ”. Sadly Abigail died on October 28, 1818 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.She was buried by her husband and her son the 6th president.