chapter  6
‘Remember the Ladies’: Politics in the Letters of Abigail Adams
ByEdith B. Gelles
Pages 10

On 31 March 1776, Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband who had travelled to Philadelphia the previous year as one of the Massachusetts delegates to the Continental Congress. She had recently learned that John was serving on a committee that would draft the Declaration of Independence and, understanding the significance of this appointment, she used the opportunity to approach him with some of her ideas about American independence. She realized that the past was being dismantled, and the future was being shaped. Stimulated by the patriotic rhetoric about freedom and oppression, she proposed for his consideration several contradictions in the reasoning of the men who were designing the revolution.