The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

Editor/introduction: Frank Shuffelton
Notes by: Frank Shuffelton

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142437117
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal tragedies. Covering key moments in American history-the Continental Congress, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and John Adams’s diplomatic missions to Europe-the letters reveal the concerns of a couple living during a period of explosive change, from smallpox and British warships to raising children, paying taxes, the state of women, and the emerging concepts of American democracy.

Table of Contents

A Brief Adams Calendar, 1774-83
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife

Explanatory Notes

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