Abigail Adams Argumentative Essay

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Abigail Adams was extremely influential to the nation’s beginnings due to her drive to push certain decisions and debates through the status of her husband. She found the issues of women’s rights and slavery while also finding local politics to be important. As the wife of a president, Abigail Adams was able to use her status in a way to push and bring to life her political agenda. Abigail Adams was able to provide her husband with information and insights of the political situation in Boston during his decade long trip through numerous letters that had been exchanged for so long. Her letters regarding the political situation “included commentary on the American struggle for independence and the political structure of the new republic.” (p. …show more content…

Abigail Adams was anything but a fan when it came to the matter and sent her a husband a letter acknowledging that “[Abigail Adams had] sometimes been ready to think that the passion for liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who had been accustomed to deprive their fellow creatures of theirs… of this I am certain that it’s not founded upon that generous and Christian principle of doing to others as we would that others should do unto us” (Caroli). Abigail Adams pushed against slavery by urging men to drop the title of “master” as it created the visual of slavery and much preferred the title “friend”. Abigail Adams also fought for “Literacy rights for slaves and free blacks” (Lerner). Abigail felt that the idea of slavery was dangerous to the creation of the American Republic and sensed that no country would be able to “Declare itself a democracy based on freedom when it deprived people of their freedom by enslaving them” (Hendricks) and called the people and their nation out on their hypocrisy as many fought for liberty while defending anything but true liberty. In the book “Abigail Adams” by Woody Holton it is mentioned that “as a child and teenager [she] had benefited from unfree labor” (Holton, 71) and during her marriage with John Adams, the two did not think to participate in slavery. Although Abigail’s family had a history in slave ownership, she continuously judged those who continued the lifestyle and against popular opinion provided education for her black servant who was a free

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