HISTORY MEME: (2/6) Women - Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams (November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. She was the first Second Lady of the United States and second First Lady of the United States.
Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. The letters serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. (+) (+)
“I desire you would 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.”
As I have mentioned, First Lady history is my fave. I may or may not have a book project in the works about it.
Ugh, I got so mad at Alex Trebek today. I usually find him painfully awkward while also being unable to imagine anyone else doing his job, but today, after someone correctly responded to a clue about the alphabetically first First Lady first name (first first first), he referred to the people who had that name as “Mrs. John Adams and Mrs. Millard Fillmore”.
DO NOT EVER REFER TO WIVES AS EXTENSIONS OF THEIR HUSBANDS WITH NO IDENTITIES OF THEIR OWN OH MY GOD ACCORD THEM BASIC RESPECT AS HUMAN BEINGS.
Especially not a badass like Abigail Adams.