What Is Abigail Adams Letter To Her Husband

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On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams; wrote a detailed and somewhat extensive letter to her husband, John Adams, asking him to include women in any new laws that were in the process of being created. In this period, the majority of men still weren't able to vote (due to many restrictions), let alone women. Although not yet written, The Declaration of Independence, written on July 4, 1776, announced the official separation (with reasons/ complaints) and the creation of the United States of America, as well as establishing something called the Unalienable Rights. These Unalienable rights consisted of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Although one of the most important lines in the declaration was "All men are created equal", even though …show more content…

Besides this, women held no political rights, couldn't vote or hold any type of office, and generally weren't allowed to do anything without consent or permission from their husbands (or fathers/guardians). Women also weren't allowed to own property and if they did happen to have any, the second they get married, their possessions and/or property rights would be passed on to their husbands.
The main reason for Abigail Adams to send a letter to her husband, John Adams was to bring light on women having the ability to hold some rights that men had. In this letter, she first mentions how she wishes he (her husband, John Adams) to write her a letter that was longer than the ones he usually writes. This slightly demonstrates her husband’s seriousness with her on topics like this. Then, she mentions that liberty can't be "equally strong" to the people who deprive others. She is …show more content…

Abigail was one of the first women to speak out on women's rights and sparked future movements. Many women had to hide the stuff they wanted to do and silently rebelled in ways that men weren't able to see, such as female authors writing under male pen names to be able to get their books published and so forth. Although it would take over a hundred years before women could even get the chance and ability to vote, it also led to women getting the ability to hold a job that is something other than caring for the house and later down the road for women to be able to hold property rights without having to hand them over. John Adams's letter in response to her is as much important as well because it accurately demonstrates the way men saw the world back then and gave an insight into how they felt the need to act and behave a certain way. Although, this only urged women on more to fight for their rights and not back down until they got them, which is a long-term impact on today's society because women can get a higher education, purchase and own property, vote,

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