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By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s concerns and historical past is clear on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with figuring out and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her remedy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
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“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the publication is a magnificent addition to the nation’s written history.”
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Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No usual Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the US, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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I think it is a stupid term for flesh-and-blood women who merely want the same right to vote as men. JANUARY 25, 1917 Alma and I are making a list of all the mean, nasty words the newspapers use to describe women, and even some of them that are not so nasty but in many ways are just as bad. 29 Here they are: NASTIES freakish unsexed mannish witches succubuses on society (had to look up succubus: a demon in female form, a she-devil) NOT-SO-NASTIES weak silly distractible illogical dependent flighty FEBRUARY 1, 1917 Shocking news!

She seemed pleased about the Latin and drafting. She said she hoped they would begin to introduce life sciences. When the meeting began I was supposed to go to bed, 9 but I came out again in my wrapper and sat in the shadowy curve of our staircase where I can see everything but not be seen. The women talked about what they would do if (1) President Wilson refused to see them and (2) if he saw them but ignored their demand. There was much talk of a vigil and then something they called a picket line.

And they also wore gloves. I guess it’s easier to pick up wounded bodies that are 38 slippery with blood if you wear gloves. And the ambulances were modern looking — tall boxy vehicles with doors that fold back and big shiny headlights. It would be heaven to drive one. Oh, and I forgot, the women wear ties just like men do! FEBRUARY 9, 1917 I hate Uncle Bayard. I think he is the most narrowminded man I have ever met. Clary has come down with bronchitis. Father is treating her, and Alma and I and of course, Mother and Auntie Claire are all to blame.

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