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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

Abigail Adams

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation
(1776-1830)


Abigail Adams
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.22

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    founders, schooled, diplomat, hostess, acquaintance, writing, reading, description, presidency, education, unfinished, attend, luckily, responsibility, death, curiosity
     content words:    Abigail Adams, Revolutionary War, United States, Abigail Smith, John Adams, George Washington, Martha Washington, Federal City, White House


Abigail Adams
By Jane Runyon
  

1     If it weren't for people like Abigail Adams, we might not know how our ancestors lived. We might not know their thoughts and opinions. We might not know their struggles. We have learned a lot about these things because Abigail Adams loved to write letters. She did not hesitate to put her true feelings down on paper. And luckily for us, her letters were preserved by her family. We can now read what life was like for her as the wife of a leader of the Revolutionary War. We can read what life was like for the wife of the second President of the United States. We can read about what was important to her. She wrote about changes she wanted to make in this new country. She wrote about what she thought was fair and unfair. Her letters have become our path to the past.
 
2     Abigail Adams was born Abigail Smith in 1744 to a Congregational minister and his wife in Massachusetts. She did not attend school. School in those days was for the boys. She had a very curious mind, however. This curiosity led her to seek knowledge where she could find it. She learned to read. Reading every book she could put her hands on helped to satisfy her strong curiosity. Her interest in books led her to make the acquaintance of a young lawyer named John Adams. She married John in 1764.
 
3     John Adams' law practice and future career in politics caused many separations for the couple. Abigail began her practice of writing letters to her busy husband. She was able to make these letters seem like she was talking to him face to face. She told of events in the household. She kept him up on community news. She offered her opinion on the changes taking place in the colonies. In John's absence, she had the responsibility of running the family farm without much help. Most of the men were busy fighting a war. She raised their four children and schooled them at home. Her letters told John of her struggles and how much she missed her best friend, her husband.

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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

             A New Nation
(1776-1830)



United States
             United States


    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

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