Charles W. Aker's Abigail Adams: An American Woman

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Charles W. Akers was a history professor at Oakland University for many many years. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts and master's and doctorate degrees from Boston University. Akers is an award winning author that wrote two other books and co-authored another. Akers was a member of the Colonial Society, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and he was an Associate of Early American History and Culture. Abigail Adams: An American Woman was nominated for a Pulitzer prize and won the Colonial Dames of American Annual Book Award. In this book Akers details Abigail Adams life in brief detail, much of which he credits to her letters. Adams grew up in Braintree and was a type of self learned, well put together, opinionated woman. Akers tells of what shape Abigail Adams’ beliefs in her early year. He talks about how for most of her married life her husband was away and how she coped with that. He described how their political views were meshed together. Akers also sheds light onto the role of women of the colonial age, and how Abigail Adams did not fit into that mold in many cases. During much of her married life she ran the …show more content…

She was a very involved mother, that loved her children dearly and wished nothing but the best for them. Throughout the book she both praises and criticizes her children, her husband, herself, and others. Abigail Adams also seemed to be a very judgmental person, but throughout the book it seemed as though many of her feelings of people could be easily swayed depending on if their actions lined up with her ideology. Aker talks about how Abigail Adams had a way of freely speaking with men that was out of commonplace. She was always looking for intellectual women to converse with. He also talks about how she was not a diary keeper, but rather a pen

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