Abigail Adams

Abby Mulkey P.4b

Biographical Sketch

-Born in Weymouth Massachusetts on Nov. 11th 1744

-Lived from 1744-1818 and was the first lady from 1797-1801

-Abigail was brought up by her father Reverend William Smith and her mom Elizabeth Smith. She did not receive a formal education, but her mother used to teach her at home. Abigail married John at the age of 19 in 1764 and moved to Braintree

-Abigail and John had 6 children together. (Abigail "nabby," John Quincy, Grace Susanna, Charles, Thomas Boylston, and Elizabeth)

-Abigail and John wrote thousands of letters back and forth. Abigail's letters revealed how influential she was as John used to seek his advice on varied issues. She was often called 'Mrs. President'

-Abigail would read a lot, was well-informed, and had immense self-belief.

-Abigail's most famous letters pressed for women's rights and are some of the earliest known writings calling for equal rights.

Defining Quote

"...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power in 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."

Compare/Contrast (1700s vs. today)

-Abigail Adams would be accepted during this time period as women's rights is still something many women are fighting for. Although Abigail didn't get the outcome she wanted from John during the draft, she still did put the idea of women's rights in peoples minds, which is what she would to today.

-People of this time period would perceive her as a strong willed woman. she would be just as impactful and accepted as she was in the 1700s

-If I had the same writing and persuasive skills as Abigail I would use those during the Chicago World fair to write about the mistreatment of women as many struggled to provide and live on their own looking for economic opportunity.

Modern Campaign Slogan

A voice for everyone

Letter Annotations

Speaker: Abigail Adams

Occasion: letter to John

Audience: John Adams & other women

Purpose: urging John to draft laws that were more generous and favorable to women than his predecessors had

Subject: the drafting of the new laws

Tone: powerful, pressing, sincere

Rhetorical Strategy: Rhetorical questions used in 1st paragraph that make John Question what he is doing to protect the United States.


Considering the time period Abigail Adams was raised in where women did not have much of a voice, she became a voice for those who couldn't speak. Abigail used her position as first lady to to and help others who couldn't speak. Abigail became a strong woman due to her position in society.

Works Cited

Works Cited

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Adams, John, Margaret A. Hogan, and C. James Taylor. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2007. Print.

"Adams, "Remember the Ladies" (1776)." Adams, "Remember the Ladies" (1776). N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"First Lady Biography: Abigail Adams." Abigail Adams Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.