Biographies & Memoirs

First Family: Abigail and John Adams

First Family: Abigail and John Adams

In this rich and engrossing account, John and Abigail Adams come to life against the backdrop of the Republic’s tenuous early years.

Chapter 1: 1759–74 - “And there is a tye more binding than Humanity, and stronger than Friendship”

Chapter 2: 1774–78 - “My pen is always freer than my tongue, for I have written many things to you that I suppose I never would have talked”

Chapter 3: 1778–84 - “When he is wounded, I bleed”

Chapter 4: 1784–89 - “Every man of this nation [France] is an actor, and every woman an actress”

Chapter 5: 1789–96 - “[The vice presidency is] the most insignificant office that ever the Invention of Man contrived or his Imagination conceived”

Chapter 6: 1796–1801 - “I can do nothing without you”

Chapter 7: 1801–18 - “I wish I could lie down beside her and die too”

Epilogue: 1818–26 - “Have mercy on me Posterity, if you should see any of my letters”

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