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Abigail Adams and “Remember the Ladies”

Advisor: Spruill, Marjorie J.

By Cave, Karen Carroll (NHC Education Digital Projects Coordinator, 2016–18)

In correspondence with her husband John as he and other leaders were framing a government for the United States, Abigail Adams (1744–1818) argued that the laws of the new nation should recognize women as something more than property and protect them from the arbitrary and unrestrained power men held over them.

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