A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams by David A. AdlerIn honor of Presidents Day weekend, I borrowed several books about American presidents from our local library. I got a variety of books and tried to find stories that would interest our girls as much as educate them. After reading many different series by David A. Adler, I thought I would try some of the books from his nonfiction series of picture-book biographies.
This is a short and informative book about John and Abigail Adams. Since my husband and I grew up in Massachusetts, wed heard quite a bit about John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. In fact I lived in the JQA dorm at UMass for two years back in the stone ages. But our girls really had never heard much about them before. I liked sharing a bit of Massachusetts history with them, especially since their school social studies focuses mainly on Virginia topics like Christopher Newport, Jamestown and the Powhatan Indians.
The narrative of this book can easily be read at one time, and while the book isnt overly detailed, it does give a good, broad overview of their life. The watercolor illustrations by Ronald Himler complement the story nicely and help depict life at that time in history. I liked the information provided in the back of the book, including a timeline, authors note, bibliography, and other notes. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
A friend of mine just recommended The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams to me. I added it to my to-read list, but Im not sure when Ill get around to it...
No man ever prospered in the world, she later wrote, without the consent and cooperation of his wife. (p. 27) [quote attributed to Abigail Adams]
Pictures Of John Adams
Son of Deacon John Adams, Sr. Peter Boylston Adams ; Capt. John Adams , 2nd President of the USA, met Abigail Smith and by they were exchanging frankly affectionate love letters full of mischievous humor. Their wedding, on October 25, , began one of history's great partnerships. They were lovers, friends, counselors, and mentors to one another into old age. John did not resent his wife's abilities to manage a farm and raise a family without him during his long absences on the nation's business. Rather, he took considerable pride in her accomplishments.
The Adamses wrote to one another constantly when apart, sometimes multiple times per day. On this day in , for instance, the couple exchanged a total of five letters, though for obvious reasons the slow speed of travel in the 18th century for one , the letters weren't direct responses to each other. John was with the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, while Abigail, was overseeing their farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. These letters, like all of the 1, examples of their correspondence preserved in archives today, provide valuable historical evidence about the founding of America. But they also provide a snapshot of a marriage of equals in a time when women were unable to vote or directly participate in public life, according to History. When John Adams took office in , Abigail expressed her concerns about what the role of First Lady would do to her as well as their correspondence, which continued throughout the four years he spent in office. I fear I shall make a dull business when such restrictions are laid upon it.
John Adams, 2nd President of the USA
John Adams Jr. October 30, [a] — July 4, was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from to Before his presidency , he was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain and served as the first vice president of the United States. Adams was a dedicated diarist and regularly corresponded with many important figures in early American history , including his wife and adviser, Abigail. His letters and other papers serve as an important source of historical information about the era. A lawyer and political activist prior to the revolution, Adams was devoted to the right to counsel and presumption of innocence. He defied anti-British sentiment and successfully defended British soldiers against murder charges arising from the Boston Massacre.