In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams requests his husband John Adams not to forget about the women’s rights in the Continental Congress and in the fight for American’s Independence from Great Britain.
This piece of text belongs to a series of letters Abigail Adams and John Adams wrote to each other while they were separated between 1762 and 1801. This correspondence of over 1000 letters remains in the Massachusetts Historical Society. Those letters, “Remember the Ladies” letter included, are historical documents; they are eyewitnesses to all the matters and events of that time since they wrote each other about the political issues of the day.
Moreover, due to these letters Abigail’s life is one of the most documented of the first…show more content… John Adams was born on October 30th of 1735 in Massachusetts. He studied law at the University of Harvard. He early became identified with the patriot cause. He contributed in the Continental Congress that was the governing body by which the American colonies coordinated in order to create a resistance group against the British rule. Moreover, he was a member of the committee who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Later, he became the first American ambassador in Great Britain. Following, he was the first Vice President under President George Washington. In 1796, he was elected to follow Washington as the president. He won the elections becoming the second President of the United States. Likewise, he is one of the Founding…show more content… She reminds John that all men are “naturally tyrannical”. However, she believes men can overcome their natural tendency and treat women justly.
Finally, Abigail on April 5th writes to her husband again but this time to let him know the news of the family and town.
These statements may sound rebellious and ahead of time. However, we need to know that they were written in a private letter and Abigail didn’t want them to be public. Moreover, she is asking for women’s rights but not for full women’s rights as we know it today. She complained about the legal subjection of married women. Abigail Adams didn’t make a call for a feminist revolution. She rather wanted a legal system under which women could find the maximum realization of the roles that were assigned as wives and mothers.
Abigail would state these beliefs many years later in a letter written to her sister in June 5th of 1809. She wrote: “I consider it as an indispensable requisite, that every American wife should herself know to order and regulate her family; how to govern her domestics, and train up her children. For this purpose, the all-wise Creator made woman an help-meet for man, and she who fails in these duties does not answer the end of her