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Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams
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     challenging words:    delegate, communication, chief, marriage, mathematics, lawyer, educational, primitive, attend, fell, cause, patriot, constitution, unable, during, total
     content words:    New England, Abigail Adams, When Abigail, John Adams, Continental Congress, Vice President, United States, White House, First Lady, John Quincy Adams

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Abigail Adams
By Mary L. Bushong

1     The New England states in the 1700's were much different than they are today. There were fewer roads, which were often rough and bumpy. Travel would take days instead of hours. If you were a boy, you probably went to school, but if you were a girl, your parents kept you at home. Not being able to attend school made Abigail Adams very unhappy.
2     Abigail was born in 1744 at Weymouth, Massachusetts. She, her two sisters, and brother grew up in a large house. As a young child, she was shy and quiet. Her frequent illnesses made her mother fearful that she would die at a young age.
3     Like most families at the time, Abigail and her sisters were taught to read and write at home, while their brother was able to go school. The girls also learned basic mathematics. They learned enough to be able to run a household when they married and to teach their own children. Abigail's father loved books and encouraged all of his children to read. Abigail soon read all of her father's books but wanted to learn more. She was aware that she did not spell or write well and didn't understand grammar. That did not stop her from learning, however.

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